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Sewing Nightgowns, Robes, Men’s Nightshirts, and Ideas for Pajamas too. Laurel is a classic romantic when it comes to nightwear sewing. This month she shares some of her favorite night garment sewing patterns, thoughts on winter gown and robe fabrics, and an audio tutorial on sewing tucks. The show also includes an informative interview with Anthony G., another student in the Cañada Fashion Sewing Program, some of which was surprising to Laurel when it came to what Anthony shared about natural fibers and Harry Truman!
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is the Nightshirt pattern I use for my husband
Unfortunately it's now out of print
Though I saw some for sale on the web
|MccCalls's 6231 is a newer pattern that's very similar|
It doesn't have a collar however
|My favorite deep-yoke nightgown|
Touches of machine embroidery
* Tucks are a great embellishment for romantic nightgowns.
* Sewing Sample Tucks on paper first
|Kaity Rose obviously likes her new tucked nightgown|
* Tuck Sewing on Wikipedia. I'd forgotten about the reference to sewing tucks in Little Women!
* The Folkwear Gibson Girl Blouse is the perfect medium for making tucks, once I get some more practice. For the time being, a doll's nightgown is the perfect project to work on improving my tucks-making skills.
I blogged about my in-progress doll's tucked bodice nightgown recently in my posting Imperfect Tucks are Not the End of the World as We Know It
Download classic retired American Girl Doll Patterns for free! They're big files and I highly recommend that you avoid doing more than one at a time, just wait until one finishes, then click on the download link for the next one. Thanks to Pleasant Rowland and the rest of the American Girl team for sharing these free patterns.
* Here are the lyrics to Good Night My Someone from the musical The Music Man, a wonderfully classic romantic and humorous turn of the 20'th century movie
* Patterns for Future Warmer Weather Nightgown Sewing
|Stephanies pj's close up|
* Graphic Artist Stephanie, from my Sewing Class, gave me permission to post photos of these cool pajama bottoms she made using a basic elastic waist pants pattern. Love her use of the black knit for a band, and the way she sewed down the cord at the back seam (to avoid slippage), then pulled it across slightly before reinserting into casing to look like a designer label.
|Folkwear #224 Beautiful Dreamer|
is the ultimate Romantic's nightgown
It's out of print, but I found it for sale
at Lacis. They had more recently
Other vendors have it too.
Don't confuse it with the child's version 225
which is still in print.
I also like view C on McCalls's 5989. I do not like the long sleep shorts, but I am likely to try out the robe as well. I would make it in a plain, slippery, satiny fabric. But it would look nice in a brocade as well. I just already have two brocade robes!
|Kate Blanchett as Elizabeth I of England|
is a classic
* The movie Elizabeth starring Kate Blanchett is a constant source of inspiration to sew another robe. Her red velvet robe in the movie is stunning.
* I have made several warm weather nightgowns by extending a peasant blouse pattern, which is pretty much what the the vintage pattern, braid-wearing model in this pattern is wearing, if you add cuffed sleeves and a waist casing. The pajama-trousers on the other model are straightforward to, I've made palazzo pants by angling out a standard elastic waist pants pattern.
* A great article on Sewing Versus Shopping by the Wearing Hitory Blog
* The SewingPatterns.Com site has good prices on a variety of patterns. The dress pattern, Vogue 8810 ,that I'm working on making into a Tried and True pattern, (printed price $25.00) is currently selling there for $11.99
And yes, he has taken two other classes this year as well as having a life!
|Anthony completely lined this|
Kwik Sew hoodie in linen