Slip turned nightgown

Nightgown I have recently been going through both of my kid’s closets and have purged a plethora of clothing that no longer fits. I have had to pass on all of Bug’s pajamas!! None of them fit, including her very favorite nightgowns. One night while she was distracted, I surprised her by making a nightgown. We both loved the end result and I especially love how fast it was to make. Since then, I have made many more and made adjustments to make it better.

_DSC0133I am going to teach you how to turn the Violette Field Threads Rosemary Pinafore slip into an easy-breezy A- line nightgown. The first thing you will need to do is buy the pattern. Follow the sizing chart to choose your child’s size. You will also need a package of store bought double fold bias binding, or you can make your own.

IMG_3177Cut out and put together your pattern pieces. We will need to make a small adjustment to the pattern pieces to make it “bed ready.” The first nightgown I made, I did not add any extra room at the bottom and the side seams split from the hem to about 3″ up each side. With all of the tossing and turning that Bug does in her sleep, I added a little room at the bottom and it works better. So, tape some extra paper to the side of the pattern that is NOT on the fold. Bug is almost six and wears a 5/6, I measured out at the bottom arrow (at the hem) 2.5″ (giving a total of 5″ more room) and took a ruler, starting at the hem where I made the new marking and tapered it to the top of the side seam right under the armsyce. Cut out two, one front and one back.

IMG_3178 Now that you have cut out your front and back, transfer the markings on the top of the neckline from the pattern. You will now use a basting stitch and cinch some of the fabric in. Follow the instructions in the tutorial. I chose to make the back piece a little wider, to give it a definitive front and back. You definitely don’t have to.

IMG_3179Cut out a piece of bias binding slightly larger than the width of the basted neckline and attach it to the neckline by pinning then sewing. Do the same for the other side.

IMG_3180For this next step, do not follow the pattern. We are going to sew things a little out of order. Now, you want to put the nightgown front and back right sides together and sew up the side seams using a 3/8″ seam allowance. Be careful to not sew the armsyce closed. Zig zag stitch, serge, or use an overcasting stitch to finish the raw edges.

_DSC0130Now we are going to attach the rest of the bias binding to the armsyce. For Bug, I cut off two 30″ piece strips. It does not allow for room to tie a bow, but to make a double knot. You may choose to cut your strips longer. You can always shorten later.

IMG_3182Take one of your bias binding strips and find the middle. Make a crease. Attach the strip where creased to the bottom of the armsyce at the seam and pin in place. Pin the strip to the armsyce from the middle where creased to the top edge of the front and back. Starting at the very top edge (where not attached to the nightgown), backstitch and sew the bias binding strip closed. Start from the top edge, around the arm opening, to the top edge on the other side. You can fold the top raw edges in first and sew, but I chose to make a little knot instead. My machine kept eating the strip despite using a stabilizer. Plus, the knot makes it look more vintage-y. Repeat for the other arm opening.

_DSC0131Now all you have to do is hem the nightgown. Fold the bottom raw edge up 1/3″ and iron, fold again another 1/3″ and iron again. Topstitch the hem closed. And that’s it! It will take you well under an hour to print off, cut out, and sew a nightgown. I have even made one while Bug was in the bath! 25 minutes!

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