I’m still catching up on all of the sewing I did before our end of the summer trip. We’d left the kids with their cousins for a few extra days and I thought my lil’ missy would like to have a new nightgown for her trip.
Once again, I used my free tank top pattern as the base of this project. I’ve just about run out of ideas for this pattern, although I do have one more project planned before putting it away- I’m going to create a sleeve for all the sizes and add it to the pattern. (But first, I’m making another one of these dresses and some shorties with this pattern.)
This little nightgown came together in a snap! Here is the link to the pattern ==>> Tank top pattern. Follow the instructions in the tutorial and make the following changes:
Don’t forget this pattern is for knits. (For tips on sewing with knits, see this post.)
Fabric from Funkalicious Fabrics.
Nightgown pattern-hacking instructions:
1. Fold your fabric and place the pattern on the fold. To create the nightgown pattern, measure down from the bottom of the armscye using the measurements listed below (for a bottom of the knee length) and over 2 inches. Draw in the new pattern lines. (Indicated in red.)
Nightgown length measurements: (These measurements are based on average children’s measurements. For a custom fit, use your own measurement.)
Size 3: 15 inches (from the bottom of the armscye)
Size 4: 16.75 inches
Size 5: 18.5 inches
Size 6: 20.0 inches
Size 7: 21.5 inches
Size 8: 22.5 inches
Cut 2 ruffle strips 3.25 tall by ___ wide: (If you want to hem the ruffle, add an extra 1/2 inch to the height of the strip.)
Size 3: 20.25 inches
Size 4: 21.0 inches
Size 5: 21.75 inches
Size 6: 22.75 inches
Size 7: 23.75 inches
Size 8: 24.5 inches
2. Continue following the tank top tutorial instructions. Once the construction is complete: Sew the ruffle strips together to make a circle. Add a gathering/basting stitch to the top of the ruffle and attach to the bottom of the night gown. Need a refresher on how to attach a ruffle? See this post (skip to step 4).
The ruffle strip measurements do not include a seam allowance for a hem. Since it’s just a nightgown and made with knit, I left the hem raw. If you do want to add a hem, don’t forget to add the extra 1/2 inch to the ruffle strip.
- My Sewing Machine: SINGER 9960 Quantum Stylist
- My Serger: Brother 1034D 3 or 4 Thread Serger or you can just use Pinking Shears
- Rotary Cutter
- I love my large ruler and large cutting mat, but you may prefer to start of with a smaller Cutting set
- Dritz Dual Purpose Marking Pen and Fray Check
- Ball Point needles
- Singer walking foot or universal walking foot
- Blind hem foot.
- Wonder clips (I didn’t use these in the post, but they are just awesome!
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