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Thread: Great Granddaughter's Nightgowns

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    We are visiting our family in So. Calif. I had not purchased anything for DGGD yet so I asked my daughter (Her Grandma) what she needed. She told me Emery loves nightgowns. This was on Friday night Dec. 17th. So the next few days (in pouring rain) I look in stores for nightgowns, size 4T. Could not find anything. Finally I told my husband if she took me to JoAnn's I could purchase some material and make one a lot easier than looking in more stores. So Thursday, the 23rd, we went to JoAnn's in the morning. I came home and made one Thursday aft. and another one on Friday. She loved them!! I will make some summer ones for her birthday in June. Got to use that $10 pattern a lot!!
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    So cute,no wonder she loved them

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    Awww these are adorable gowns :D:D:D

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    those are precious! little girls love night gowns - and I see why she loves those

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    The nightgowns are lovely!

    You will never find nightgowns like this made out of cotton in stores unless the cotton has been treated with flame retardant. This is because air can reach both sides of the cloth. If the cotton comes into contact with, say, a space heater long enough for combustion to develop, the child will be enveloped in flame before anyone can move to put the fire out. I saw a demo of this on tv. They touched a match to the bottom of a cotton nightgown on a mannequin and the mannequin was engulfed in flames within a couple of seconds. They did the same to a polyester nightgown, and the fabric turned into gummy plastic -- also not good because the plastic is sticky, but at least the garment did not erupt into flames.

    Untreated cotton can be sold in children's sleepwear only if the sleepwear is designed to fit close to the skin. In this case, oxygen can reach the fabric only from one side, so brushing against a flame will not result in the child being engulfed in a flash fire.

    This is why the bolts ends of flannel in places like JoAnn's are always marked "not suitable for children's sleepwear".

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    These are the sweet ones the Victorian ladies loved. My Grandma used to wear one like this, of course made from feed sacks.

    And I'll bet no one can find any made as well in the stores.
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    Darn, just read the letter above and she makes a very good point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    The nightgowns are lovely!

    You will never find nightgowns like this made out of cotton in stores unless the cotton has been treated with flame retardant. This is because air can reach both sides of the cloth. If the cotton comes into contact with, say, a space heater long enough for combustion to develop, the child will be enveloped in flame before anyone can move to put the fire out. I saw a demo of this on tv. They touched a match to the bottom of a cotton nightgown on a mannequin and the mannequin was engulfed in flames within a couple of seconds. They did the same to a polyester nightgown, and the fabric turned into gummy plastic -- also not good because the plastic is sticky, but at least the garment did not erupt into flames.

    Untreated cotton can be sold in children's sleepwear only if the sleepwear is designed to fit close to the skin. In this case, oxygen can reach the fabric only from one side, so brushing against a flame will not result in the child being engulfed in a flash fire.

    This is why the bolts ends of flannel in places like JoAnn's are always marked "not suitable for children's sleepwear".
    I have done a lot of research on this. My children were all born before 1974 when this regulation first appeared. They wore many of these flannel gowns without incident. The incident that caused some research and finally the regulation was 2 little girls playing in front of an open fireplace (no screen), the gowns caught fire and Mommy and Daddy were upstairs and did not hear the girls screaming. So the real problem here is watch your children and never have a fireplace without a screen in front for your own safety, your home's safety and your children's safety. I'm not sure why we have to have a negative reply to a joyful event.

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    Cute, cuddly and girly.

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    Beautiful!

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    Your nightgowns are lovely!
    The flame retardent fabric must be washed without soap or detergent to retain the coating, who does that?

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    Both are beautiful. Fit for a princess.

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    You got it, Parrothead. I had lots of daughters, lots of nightgowns and no fires. I think I'd rather deal with putting out a small fire than having plastic melt on my child's skin.

    Darling gowns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Parrothead
    I have done a lot of research on this. My children were all born before 1974 when this regulation first appeared. They wore many of these flannel gowns without incident. The incident that caused some research and finally the regulation was 2 little girls playing in front of an open fireplace (no screen), the gowns caught fire and Mommy and Daddy were upstairs and did not hear the girls screaming. So the real problem here is watch your children and never have a fireplace without a screen in front for your own safety, your home's safety and your children's safety. I'm not sure why we have to have a negative reply to a joyful event.
    I honestly did not intend this as a negative reply. If I were a great grandmother making nightgowns, I would want this information so I could make an informed decision. Not everyone lives in a home that has no fireplace, no wood burning stove, and no space heaters.

    For anyone interested in studies on this topic, see:
    http://depts.washington.edu/hiprc/pr...abricslaw.html

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    Oh! Those are so sweet and pretty!!

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    They remind me of the ones my mom made for my girls when they were little. they were always so thrilled with them.

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    those are darling! I love making nightgowns for my youngest grandaughter, and she loves wearing them. Like above, that was never an issue when my mom made clothes for me, or when I sewed for my daughter, but now it seems we have to be warned about so many dangers. We don/t have open fires of any kind in our house, so I don"t worry much about that. It does pay to be watchful though.

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    I think the the night gowns are beautiful. If we lived our lives by what all the researchers said then we might as well crawl in to a corner and stay there.

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    Aw, so pretty!

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    These gowns are precious. I keep telling myself I should make some for my grandaughter, now maybe I will. I have always loved these style gowns for little girls, but never see any in the stores that I like. Thanks for sharing.

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    Both are adorable!

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    In the time of Central Heat and Air Conditioning, we don't have any open flames for heating. I understand the problem with non fire retardent fabric for children sleepware, but at least at our house it is an unrealitic issue. No one even smokes at our house. I think each person needs to assess their own issues when it comes to making items for their children....

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    Love those nighties- I used to make PJs and Nighties for my two kids every year for Xmas eve when they could open one package- then they had something special to wear while they waited for Santa. I have many memories of the late night stitching I did to get it all done in time. And the year my daughter went to Germany as an exchange student, she asked me to make her her plaid nightshirt early, so she could take it with her. So they loved the tradition too.

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    What a lucky yourg lady. Nightgowns are so adorable. Will have to find a pattern for my DGD's.

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    Those are adorable!!! I used to make my daughter some just about like those.

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    Reminds me of my grandma.....Every year at Christmas, my grandma made me a home made flannel nightgown (with no pattern on an old treadle "singer" sewing machine). She would make this big enough around that I could curl up in a fetal position and tuck the nightgown around my feet! And, she always made me a new pair of mittens that she knitted on four double pointed needles. Oh- the wonderful memories of g.ma's. Your memory will be kept forever.

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