A month or so before Christmas (2017) I replied to a call out from the designer behind Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop. She was looking for people to sew up her new pattern, prior to its release, and take some nice photos for the pattern listing. I agreed and quickly sewed one for my oldest daughter.
The pattern (Silver Bells Nightgown) has sizing from 3 months to 12 years. It’s made for use with your choice of knit or woven fabrics. I chose to use a combination of the two, a flannel (woven) for the yoke and arms, and a french terry (knit) for the skirt, full back and neckband. They went together wonderfully. It has a nice front yoke and gathering at the shoulders and front. There are two hem lengths and two sleeve lengths. It also has a button closure back or a simple knit neckband, which is what I used.
I hate gathering, let’s be clear here, and I am admittedly not very good at it. I would much rather sew using my over locker than my sewing machine, especially when I use woven fabrics, because they fray. However, the gathering method used was super easy! There is a minimal section, at the top of each arm, and the centre bottom of the yoke. The pattern pieces are easy to follow, it was seriously so simple, and I was thrilled with the end result. This pattern is very well drafted and fit her perfectly. *Always pick the size based on measurements not ready to wear sizes!*
My daughter really loves nightgowns but I find their mostly designed for summer and cooler fabrics (if your looking for nightgowns for warmer nights, or kids try the Dreamland Nightgown or the Sadie Nightie). This will be a pattern I will use a lot, I am sure, since I also have another daughter who is younger. The steps are detailed and easy to follow and the pattern is very well drafted. You are also able to use layers to print single sizes.
I didn’t love the elastic on the sleeve hem, but this is mainly because I am lazy… or because my sewing time is limited. I did add it and will continue to add it because I do like the end look but it was probably the most tedious part for me. My daughter has never made mention of it bothering her either and she tends to be fairly picky with her clothes.
So go grab the pattern here and start sewing one for the nightgown lover (size 12 and under) in your life!
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