Saturday, July 18, 2009
Cross Front Nightgown
I bought this fabric some time ago with the intention of making Emily a summer night gown. Well, summer will soon be over, and I finally sewed the nightgown! I think I've mentioned before that I'm not a fast sewist. :)
Pattern: Cross-Front T-Shirt; Ottobre 03/04 design #9
Fabric: Lightweight jersey knit from Hobby Lobby; the neck binding is knit ribbing.
Pattern sizes: 62-110; I made the size 104 for 4-year-old Em.
The nightgown started out as a t-shirt pattern, but I lengthened the side seams in an A-line cut and curved the hemline slightly. The sleeve hems and bottom hemline are finished with lettuce edging. This is only the second time ever that I've sewn a lettuce edging, and overall I'm pleased with the results. (Pictures are here of the my first attempt at sewing a lettuce edge--the red shirt about 1/2 way down the page). Pamela Erny, from Off-the-Cuff, once gave me detailed instructions for her method of "lettuce-ing," and really, I wonder why I don't do more of this edge finish. I'm sure my edges will never look as good as Pam's, though!
I plan on using this pattern to make several tops for Emily. The design with the cross-over front was fun to sew--and easier, in my opinion, than sewing a plain round neck with binding.
Thanks for reading,