Sleepy Person





Outline the story …

To start with, I had no heating for several days this winter and that was quite uncomfortable. And I started my journey in discovering how people of the past solved their everyday issues. Sleeping in the cold in particular. They had hot water bottles, long night shirts and caps. So, I had to make myself at least one shirt, one cap and get a hot water bottle.

I was inspired by old stories and tales that described people wearing night shirts. I decided to make something based on 18th century clothes - why should it not be someone who could listen or tell the tale? - before going to bed. Or take a night watch - like old Anton, from H. C. Andersen tales. So, I decided old Anton to be the guiding persona of this work. I do not pretend this to be historical accurate, but I suppose this to be an 18th century stylisation. Well, I use it. It warms me - and I am totally happy.

Outline the construction…

Both shirt and cap are made of white linen. Four thread buttons are made of the same waxed linen thread that was used for sewing the shirt and the cap. I handstitched all seams, except for long side seams in the body of the shirt and long straight seams on the sleeves of the shirt. I used auction items as reference and museum items, in particular a night shirt that belonged to the Russian tsar Paul. The most challenging was to make a frill on the front. It had to be nicely hemmed - and it took so long - almost two evenings.




  1. Avatar Laura Boyles on March 11, 2021 at 11:25 pm

    I love it. It brought to mind pictures from old nursery rhymes when I was a kiddo. Lovely work. Good luck x

  2. Avatar Caroline on March 12, 2021 at 1:52 am

    Wow I love it! The ruffles and the sleeves look so beautiful! The cap looks so cute!

  3. Avatar Emily on March 12, 2021 at 8:36 am

    Such a wonderful idea and beautfully put together! The ruffles are something to be very proud of and the hat is so whimsical it’s brilliant

  4. Avatar Andrea Olinte on March 12, 2021 at 3:22 pm

    Beautifully made shirt and a wonderful humour, made me smile.

  5. Avatar Jocelyn Lofstrom on March 12, 2021 at 4:55 pm

    The detailed work on this is really skillful. Well done!

  6. Avatar Carolien van Alphen on March 12, 2021 at 7:03 pm

    Love the ruffle. That just gives it that little bit more. Well done!

  7. Avatar Natalia V. on March 13, 2021 at 9:10 pm

    Love the idea behind it. You did a great job!

  8. Avatar Annette Fitzgerald on March 14, 2021 at 9:57 pm

    That’s a realy nice Nightgown, and the nightcap is like a cherry on top ☺️

  9. Avatar Valerie on March 17, 2021 at 2:14 am

    Beautifully done! You look all ready to catch Santa Claus landing on your roof. 🙂

  10. Avatar AnnaCatherine Sendgikoski on March 23, 2021 at 3:00 am

    How fun, whimsical and wonderful! Not to mention warm! I love this! Thank you!

  11. Avatar Stephanie Murison on March 24, 2021 at 1:00 am

    I’m glad that this garment keeps you warm! it is important to have nightwear which is both stylish and practical, not to mention an adorable cap! (also, love the title ‘sleepy person’, it brings me so much joy)

  12. Avatar Elowen Blackthorn on March 26, 2021 at 7:20 am

    Good job! Had me thinking of old Ebenezer Scrooge!

  13. Avatar Vanessa Isobel on March 26, 2021 at 11:23 pm

    Yes to everything! Having memories of nursery rhymes as a kid and Dickens. Beautiful details and completely love that you’re using it! 🙂

  14. Avatar Lizzie Blake on April 1, 2021 at 8:08 pm

    This makes me remember all of the old stories I loved growing up. Amazing job!

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