25 April 2009


The t-shirt originally said 'Spoon', probably to do with the band Spoon. Ant's brother-in-law does a lot of tour managing for bands and as such, receives oodles of t-shirts from concerts. Eventually they're handed down to Ant and me as they're handy to wear at the oyster lease - where nothing, least of all clothing is precious.

So, what's this got to do with me? You see, one of the items on the list of 'things to take' to the hospital is a nightie. Preferably one that buttons down the front and can even be thrown away once baby is born. I had tried the 'el cheapo' shops around town without success (either too ugly or too costly) and had even started op-shopping to the point where I was looking at large mens shirts, but no, 'twas not to be.

I've occasionally noticed on blogs here and there the re-fashioning of t-shirts into all sorts of things from kids clothes to underwear, and finally today I made the link between t-shirts and nightie. I rummaged through the big bag of them and found 2 that were similar in size. I then cut them up the middle, cut off the bottom section of the black one and attached it to the bottom of the blue. What was left over of the black t-shirt was rotary cut into 4.5" strips, joined together end to end and folded in half lengthwise to give me plackets down the centre.

To coin a real Australianism, it's 'as rough as guts'. Meaning that the sewing was very relaxed and as I didn't bother with interfacing on the plackets the button holes are less than ordinary. But what care I? So long as it doesn't fall apart when I'm wearing it I'll be happy.... or in pain.... depending on the circumstances.

Vegetarians may want to look away from the next photo -

Yep, they're cow hide baby booties!! I noticed them in Cocoon a couple of weeks ago and couldn't get them out of my head, so I went back the other day and bought them. The soles are sheep skin, with the fleece facing inwards. They've been sitting on the coffee table lately because I just want to show them off, they're so cool. They come from Nature Baby in New Zealand.


  1. Gorgeous bootees, Fer, and your nightie will be comfortable, well done.

  2. Like the nightie, perfect for birthing :) Those little cow booties are gorgeous :)

  3. I can't imagine why you don't want to wear the frilly pink synthetic nightware that fills the shops! Great conversion on the Spon - they say necessity is the mother of invention. So long as you are comfortable ...which you sort of won't be...but you know what I mean. The cowhide/sheepskin booties are just out there and I'm surprised you didn't buy them on the spot. There was a time, long a go, when cowhide vests where the must have accessory. I think the Village People were responsible for it. Aahhh, the good ol' days.

    Not long now, eh?....Ann :)

  4. I think the t-shirt is perfect for the purpose intended and it sure beats those ugly hospital gowns. So great job in my book.
    The booties are adorable. More nesting. Yeah I can't wait. I am so excited for you. Thanks for sharing the event. What a blessing.
    take care,

  5. That is such a great idea..I'm impressed!!! Love the little bootees too...it makes it even more special I think when you go back to buy something you have seen...all meant to be!!! Enjoy these last few weeks...I am getting excited now!!!

  6. Good job on the nightie - impressive! The booties are perfect - what warm toes will be had!!

  7. Great idea for the nightgown! (And yes, I had to look away for the next picture of the booties, but I am sure they are lovely!)

  8. Nice nightie girl!
    And the baby booties.. cute as!

  9. Aha, I looked at those booties too! I've hardly bought anything for this babe yet - maybe next week I'll go on a shopping spree.

    Great nightie. I used my hubbies Reading Music Festival T-shirt from the days when he wore them huge. It survived and will get another turn soon!