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Girls Nightgown

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If you have old t-shirts lying around the house and your daughter needs new clothes for bedtime, instead of going to the store and buying them, make your own clothes with this Girls Nightgown tutorial from Victoria Lavertu

Girls Nightgown

Materials: 

  • Jersey knit fabric or an old T-shirt
  • Fabric scraps (for applique)
  • Sewing machine and sewing supplies
  • An old nightie/dress for a pattern

Instructions:

  1. Using an existing nightie or dress as a template, turn it inside out and tuck in the arms. Lay it over your fabric/top and draw it out using a fabric marker.
     
  2. Cut out the two pieces for your nightie (which is the front and back of the T-shirt).
     
  3. Making sure the right sides are facing in, line up your sides and shoulders and pin.
     
  4. Line up your arm holes to the T-shirt sleeves to make your own. Use your fabric marker to mark it out. Pin that piece and cut it out.
     
  5. Sew up your sides and shoulders, making sure your necklines line up.With jersey knit, it won't fray, so you can choose to serge/zigzag the edges or not.
     
  6. Pin your sleeves to your arm holes. You want to have them lying inside the nightie so the raw edges line up.
     
  7. Sew it up and press your seams with an iron.
     
  8. Use your remaining fabric for the next step. If you're using a longer shirt, you could always use other fabric scraps (preferably jersey knit so you don't have to finish all the edges).
     
  9. Cut the piece in two and ruffle them both along the top edge.
     
  10. Lay one piece right side up along the very bottom of the back of your (inside out) nightie and pin in place.
     
  11. Sew along that ruffle seam.
     
  12. With the other piece, right side down and facing up, lay it an inch above the bottom hem of the nightie (it should be right side out now). Pin and sew along the ruffled seam again.
     
  13. For the applique, trace it onto your fabric scrap and your 'heat n bond' and cut them out.
     
  14. Iron on the thermo-web as directed on your heat n bond. Peel off the backing.
     
  15. Place on your nightie where you want it and iron it on.
     
  16. It's washable, but you can sew on the appliques using a straight stitch (or whichever your prefer).
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