Sentimental Sewing: Do You Do It?

Do you practice sentimental sewing? Asked on the McCall Pattern Company blog

Do you practice sentimental sewing? This is when you sew something that is either impractical or not really you, just because making this thing evokes strong memories. Every year I make at least one cotton, old-school nightgown, sometimes two. I rarely wear them after I’ve finished sewing them, because I prefer my knit jersey tops and pajama pants. But my mother always had beautiful cotton nightgowns, so I guess I keep making them as a tribute to her and as a way to keep memories of her close. (That’s my latest nightgown make above, Butterick B5792, and I just picked up B6152, a nightgown and robe set that looks like something my mom would have loved.)

My mom also rocked a summer caftan like no one else. I used to make caftans for her when I was just learning to sew, and she’d gush and proudly wear them, no matter how ratty they looked on the inside. (Mom was always so delighted with everything I sewed—a dream client.) So when I’m feeling nostalgic I search for vintage caftan patterns on Etsy, buy them, and end up making at least one caftan a year. And I’m not even the caftan type!

See, sentimental sewing gets me every time, especially around the holidays. What about you? Are there things you sew just for the memories? Leave a comment here and let us know about what you make.

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