PROJECT IDEA: SEWING A COSY WINTER NIGHTGOWN

 

The cow nightie.....note I did not say nightie for a cow!

The cow nightie!

I bought this fabric earlier this year and then wondered later what I had been thinking at the time……must have been a heck of a deal? A closer inspection really made me think of cows & not animal print for a long sleeve top which is what I had at first thought I would use it for.  So I decided it would need to be made into a nightgown which will have a very limited audience!  I took one of my tried &  tested as successful knit top patterns: SIMPLICITY 3790 which may not be available anymore as I have had this pattern awhile – but you could adapt many different patterns or use a nightgown pattern) I simply extended the hem length by a good 20 or so inches on my knit top pattern – view 3 + I used the long sleeves from view D. I made the sleeves a lot narrower but the cuff was still a bit wide hence adding elastic as mentioned below.

I think I have made tops using this pattern (all successful) maybe 7 times.

I think I have made tops using this pattern (all successful) maybe 7 times.

I decided it needed something to break the cow pattern going on there so I made a scallop trim using black t-shirt fabric.  Search in the box to the upper right of this post for previous posts about making your own scallop trim – basically just use the blind hem stitch but check out the post(s) for more information.

Everything was sewed on my Elna 5 thread serger using the 4 thread knit program and my EL760 for the sewing of the scallop trim  & top stitching etc.

There it is - inserted into my bodice seam and top stitched afterwards which made it lie nice & flat. Knit fabric can have a tendency to curl so top stitching is a good way to tame it.

There it is – inserted into my bodice seam and top stitched afterwards which made it lie nice & flat. Knit fabric can have a tendency to curl so top stitching is a good way to tame it. I also trimmed the cuffs & added a little elastic around the wrist as the sleeve was a bit wide for me. Lastly I added the same black scallop trim around the hemline – don’t think I would do that again as it made it a bit stiff and I might find it irritating   see pic below:

cow hem

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About lizafrica

I am the National Education Manager for Janome & Elna Canada (including Artistic Creative products) and I LOVE to sew! I have been employed full time in the sewing and quilting industry for almost 30 years so I bring a wealth of sewing knowledge & expertise to this blog. I enjoy all forms of sewing from quilting to sewing garments to machine embroidery and software. Pretty much everything in my life is seen through the eyes of a passionate sewer! I am constantly on the look out for fun, innovative and inspiring ideas to share with you all on this blog. I also love to read, knit , travel and spend time with my family and friends.
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