I need some inspiration ladies – making a nightgown for my daughter
13 years agolattemama @lattemama
Here’s the deal. I offered to make a Bedtime Story PJ to my big girl using some fun novelty fabric with Chinese dolls that I thought would be adorable.
But she declined and asked me to make her a nightgown instead. (Cause you know – princesses wear nightgowns liek all the time. She is six.)
I come up empty with inspiration on what to make for her so do any of you have a link to a tutorial or free pattern you think is good?
Thank you!13 years agoApril Henry @April1930s
I don’t have any links for you with regard to a tutorial or free pattern, but I find a lot of inspiration in the vintage pattern designs for nightgowns. I made a couple last year for my SweetPea. Each one tied in the back allowing for easier movement during sleep. 🙂13 years ago
Citronille have lovely ones
but you have to pay and speak french! So – maybe not right.
This looks lovely:13 years ago
Just wondering if you could use the music box jumper as a basis, with inspiration from the pink picket face tutorial????13 years ago
Oh no. Think I might have to do it myself now.13 years agoLiesl GibsonKeymaster@liesl
April made a cute nightgown from the Playdate dress, but unless you already own it, that’s not an option since it’s out of print.
I just made S a knit nightgown from the upcoming Hopscotch Skirt and Knit Top pattern, but that’s not very helpful either since you’re sewing a woven.
I wonder if the 2 + 2 tunic would make a good nightgown? You could eliminate the button placket at the back, since it can go over the head without it, and then lengthen it. In fact, I’m almost certain it would work! If you finished the ties at the front neck edges they wouldn’t be a sleeping hazard. Anyone want to try?13 years ago
That’s a fantastic idea, Liesl. Would you really need to get rid of the ties?13 years agolattemama @lattemama
Liesl, the 2+2 would be an excellent idea I think. With short sleeves – or no sleeves and like you say, remove the ties or at least shorten them.
I do own the Playdate dress pattern I’ll have to look into that.
Biggest issue is that I only have a yard of the Chinese doll fabric, so maybe the Popover sundress will have to do?
But then I can always use this idea (buying more fabric isn’t something I’m averse to) and use the Chinese dolls for something else. The Bedtime story pj-pants make excellent lounge wear I think. If I shorten them a little to lounge shorts I’m sure 1 yard would be enough.
Thank you!13 years agoLiesl GibsonKeymaster@liesl
I would eliminate the ties so they’re not a choking hazard–don’t want them getting caught around anyone’s neck while they sleep.
If you make the short sleeves on the 2 + 2, you might be able to fit it into one yard–sleeves take a lot of fabric.13 years agoLizabeth @Lizabeth
For a summer nightdress, what about the swingset tunic lengthened?13 years agoApril Henry @April1930s
I just bought a vintage pattern (nightgown) to make my SweetPea for Christmas – upon purchase I realized the yoke was nearly IDENTICAL to the Playdate Dress. It’s no wonder I liked the pattern. hehe!
(We have ONE MORE 6m-3T in stock but that’s the last of what we have for that pattern.)
Here is the nightgown I made in conjunction with the Bedtime Story Pajama pants (shortened for capris style)13 years agockcsbella @ckcsbella
Emma Hardy’s book Making Children’s Clothing has a cute little nightgown pattern in it.
April – how did you manage to actually post a photo to this thread?13 years ago
I did the Emma Hardy one on my blog, but as a pj top.
It’s a couple of photos down – sorry i can’t seem to link to specific entries.
I’m thinking of doing the full length version in navy gingham.10 years agoKim @kmac0107
I just read an old Little House on the Prairie Christmas picture book to my granddaughter. She noticed that Laura and Mary are wearing red nightgowns with yokes and asked me to sew one for her. I found this thread and I see where Liesl suggested the Playdate dress. I have the pattern and I am wondering if any of you have sewn a nightgown from this pattern and if you think red flannel be too thick? Is there an alternative for red fabric that is not flannel?10 years agowith love Heidi @with love Heidi
Not sure about the playdate, but what about using the class picnic?, it’s an easy sew, can be lengthened and has a separate yoke part and I’m sure people have made it in flannel. You might want to add a slight A-line to the gown part and lengthen the sleeves.
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