Monday, August 5, 2013

Easy Nightgowns

Here we go, are you ready for this? I have this serious (first world) problem when it comes to pajamas. I can't bring myself to paying $10-$15 dollars on something no one is ever going to see my daughters wear.  But at the same time, I don't want my girls going to bed in something ugly. What can I say, I like pretty things.

Then, the easy nightgown tutorial was born. Thought I'd share.

First lets start by letting you know, this cost me nothing! I made six nightgowns with all stuff I had on hand. I know it wont be like this for everyone but I seriously think you could buy the materials for ten to fifteen dollars, for six. So the cost of one set of jammies, you get six ridiculously cute ones.

 I do have a serious problem hoarding vintage sheets and pillowcases. I raided my stash. Whenever I go to the thrift store I always hit up the sheets and grab me some pretty fabric. They are generally pretty cheap, I think all of mine were a dollar. All the shirts I used were either shirts that got too short on the girls or my old shirts that I re-sized, ooh, maybe another tutorial on that coming later.

 I cut my pillowcase 20 inches from the hem. My girls are five and three, but on the small size. The girls share pajamas so when my three year old wears these gowns they are maxi length. But I wanted them to be big so they can wear them for a long time. You should just measure you're child for the best length. I cut the shirt an inch or so under the armpit.
 Next, you want to gather the cut edge of the pillow case. I used my serger but you totally don't need a serger for this project. You can gather any way you want.
 I used hem tape because I had it on hand but you really don't need it if you don't want to purchase it. The hem tape keeps the knit shirt from stretching too much as you sew it together. I attached the hem tape with my serger but again, you certainly can use a sewing machine. Use a zigzag stitch for a cleaner seam.
 I certainly am a minimalist when it comes to pinning (ha ha, not on Pinterest though). Feel free to pin to your hearts content. It does make it a little easier though.
 plug that baby through the machine and you are almost done....
 Well, actually you can be done if you want. I think these are super adorable with no embellishments. My daughters, on the other hand, fight over the ones with lace, so sometimes I add a little for funzy.
 Do you love the collar? I love it! Maddie is wearing this one tonight and she looks so cute.  Now, I kind of want people to come over and see the girls in their jammies.
... and I'm not so embarrassed when someone comes by in the morning (or the afternoon) and they aren't dressed yet.
Here's a closer look at the six.
Hope you love them too!!


  1. JEN!!!!!!!! Are you FREAKING kidding me!?!?!?! You are insanely talented and amazing! These (& this post (!!!!)) are amazing!!!

    Love everything about this!

    Big fat hugs,

  2. I love this too!! If I made these, Lexi might actually wear pajamas to bed!

  3. Jen! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this! I am so excited you have a new blog. Now I can keep up with what you are working on. I miss you guys!

  4. Jen, I concur with the comments already posted. You are amazingly talented and innovative. Congrats on a creative, useful tutorial!

  5. Great tutorial! Found you through Pinterest. I need to make nightgowns for my girls and knew there was an easier way to do it, I just hadn't sat down to figure it out yet.

    Going to do this with some long sleeve tops and flannel for the bottoms!

  6. Wondering if there is a way to tailor this tutorial for a 10 year old girl? I'm not sure a regular pillowcase would be roomy enough. Thoughts?

    1. Laura,
      You could easily make a similar night gown for a ten year old. I would have her try on the pillow case and see if you can use that because it eliminates a few steps but if a pillow case is too small, just use some extra fabric. You'll have to add a few steps (a side seam and a hem), but you could definitely do it!! I would sew the side seam first, then follow the tutorial and do the hem last. Hope that helps!

  7. Do you need to use a stretch stitch to attach the pillow case portion to the shirt portion?

  8. If you don't have a serger you definitely want to use a stretch stitch or a zigzag stitch!!

  9. What a clever idea! Really like it and have found it inspirational. Helen

  10. Wow.. These are so cute, I don't think I would be able to make one to fit me though. Haha

  11. I am new with my serger, what stitch did you use to do a gather like that?

  12. These could totally pass as dresses! I love them! I'm going to have to YouTube the gathering with a serger trick. I have a serger, but don't know how to use it, yet. Maybe I'll YouTube how to gather on my sewing machine. :) Thanks for posting this!

  13. I made some of these a few years ago in maxi length for my girls and they still wear them. I never thought of adding the lace though, love it!!!

    Also you can use plain old paper as stabilizer in place of the hem tape if you are in a pinch or cheap (like me). :)

  14. I want to attempt to make one of these in my size lol.

  15. How very precious!!!! Thanks for the inspiration!!!! I got a Janome serger for Christmas and haven't even tried to use it!! I think I have a reason to, now!!! You are super talented!!! Thanks for sharing your wonderful tutorial!!!!!!

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