Sunday, 9 October 2016

A Concord tee nightgown


Do you know the feeling? A to-sew list as long as your arm and not knowing where to start?

After finishing my butterfly dress we got an unexpectedly warm and sunny September and I enjoyed every minute of it. Fall sewing seemed so far away! Planning wasn't helped by the fact that my favourite fabric sellers were struggling with our weird summer as well. During the cold and rainy months of June, July and most of August fabric sales dropped dramatically and sellers got stuck with way too much stock. So instead of bringing their autumn fabric collection after the holidays they prolonged the summer sale. Long story short, I ended up buying summer fabrics in October.

One of those fabrics was a very soft viscose jersey. Just perfect for sleepwear! I had just tossed a very cozy nightgown and wanted to make something similar. When you're not inspired to sew anything seasonal sewing loungewear is always an option!

 I started with the pattern pieces of the Cashmerette Concord t-shirt as I knew the fit was just right at the shoulders and bust.


I used the traced pattern pieces of  this v-neck shirt. I cut the front and back bodice at 11 cm below the armscye and drafted an A-line skirt of 65 cm long and approximately 75 cm width at the hem. The sleeves were lengthened by 12 cm. 

The bodice of the nightie is self lined and instead of a neckband I used pink lingerie elastic to get a pretty finish. 

Hand basted to check the fit before adding the lining


The simple design element added to this nightgown consists of two ties at center front, one on the inside and one the outside, sandwiched in while sewing the empire waist seam.


When tied they immediately take the v-neck into va-va-voom territory!



Just as well this last picture is a bit blurry. No need to embarrass the internet ;)




Good night!

16 comments:

  1. I love your nightgown! It is feminine and beautiful. It look so comfy to sleep in.

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    1. Thanks Kathy. I do have a matching camisole for colder nights!

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    1. Thanks, Amy. Colourful floral prints are the best!

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  4. Very pretty. I make all my own nightgowns because I don't think you can find anything as nice in retail.

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    1. Thank you. It's been a while since I made a nightgown, may be well over 20 years ago!

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  5. Nice. I get very hot so my nighties are sleeveless and fine cotton or cotton blwnd but I haven't made any for myself yet. I'm making the Concord tee so hopefully it will fit as well as yours.

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    1. I think you'll like the Concord tee. Once you found the right size it's a very easy project. I made some adjustments to the shoulders and tweaked the back neckline. Don't be too worried about the length. The bodice runs long, although the sleeves are shortish on me. I'm working on my 5th tee right now and can't wait to see your take on the pattern!

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  6. Very pretty fabric and the lingerie elastic creates the perfect neckline edge.

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    1. Thanks, Jean. The lingerie elastic came as a bit of an after thought. I didn't want a neckband, but just skipping it didn't work. Luckily the right colour was in my stash!

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  7. Not sure how I missed this post (well, yes, I do, but that's a story for another time!), but glad I finally caught up with it. Such a pretty gown! Thanks for making me laugh, too!

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  8. O, that happens to me all the time Karen! I miss a lot, or worse, I read an inspiring blog and forget to post a comment. So much to read, so little time. Glad I made you laugh!

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