Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Making a Plain Nightgown Fancy!

First of all, I got some pictures of the 2+2 Blouse and Skirt on Ev this morning.  She wore it for picture day today. I just love that Pre-K kids get to take photos like the big kids.

I almost got her to cooperate with me, but the pose is all her own.

Since yesterday, I whipped up a nightgown for her as well.  I used Butterick B4910 in size 4.
 Butterick 4910

This really is the fastest pattern.  4 seams, an elastic casing for the neckline + a serger and it was done and ready to wear in an afternoon.  Of course, I had to play with the styling to make it more fun. Evangeline hand-picked this fabric.  It's a super soft pink knit with fairies.

I cut the sleeves to a little above the elbow and added a cotton trim.  Adding the trim to the sleeves and bottom edge was my way to avoid doing a hem!  I just serged the edges and sewed the trim right on top. Easy-peasy!

The pattern called for 3 small buttons but I decided that a bow and a bigger button would be perfect for my girly-girl. Sewing something here at the front is a necessity on this particular pattern because it's very hard to tell the front from the back and my daughter loves to dress herself!


Then, just for fun I sewed two pieces of ribbon and a button to create a fun detail at the hem.  One piece of ribbon is on the inside of the nightgown and the second is on the outside.  I used my sewing machine to secure the ribbon with a few stitches and some backtacking.  Then I attached the button by hand to cover up the stitching.

Perfect for my princess's beauty sleep!

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