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Topic: Pillowcase ---> babydoll nightgown *Now with tutorial!  (Read 5097 times)
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« on: July 23, 2007 06:45:28 PM »

This was a practice project before I cut up an embroidered set of pillowcases I don't use but really like...but I'm liking using the nightgown- it's very comfy! I took a plain pink set of pillowcases, shaped a bit, and added the lace trim. I sorta wanted to play up the pillowcase-ness of the thing.

If anyone is interested in a tutorial, let me know. It was pretty simple, and most of you sewers can probably figure it out (and do me one better!) but I know I for one have a hard time visualizing steps to a process- I took photos and notes so I'd have a little help for myself when I try the next one!
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« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2007 06:54:07 PM »

That is soooo cute.  That would be perfect for me. I don't like sleeping in big,chunky pajamas.  Tute please. Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2007 06:57:04 PM »

That's so cute!  You did a wonderful job on that and I *love* that you wanted to keep with the pillowcaseyness of the pjs -- excellent touch!

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« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2007 07:05:47 PM »

I love it.  It does look very comfy.  I would like a tutorial, please.  The less thinking for me, the better!

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« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2007 07:09:52 PM »

definetly post a tute. this is a verry sexy, simple nightie. excellent job.

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« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2007 07:52:36 PM »

this is adorable, what did you use as the trim/straps?

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« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2007 08:33:18 PM »

Thanks, all!. I'll post a tute as soon as I get home from work tomorrow.

this is adorable, what did you use as the trim/straps?

I made the straps out of scraps I cut off of the pillowcase, folded over and sewn, and sewed lace on top of that. It was actually the hemming lace from my wedding dress, that I guess the seamstress decided would be too much trouble to use  Wink
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« Reply #7 on: July 24, 2007 01:19:37 PM »

Yes post a tut. I'd like to see what you did in the back. Smiley

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« Reply #8 on: July 24, 2007 03:24:24 PM »

Well, the back is exactly like the front, except the straps are set a bit narrower. Sorry I don't have a picture.

Here's the tutorial! Hope I make sense here:
Materials: 2 Pillowcases, trim if desired

1. Undo the 2 seams of each pillowcase (bottom and side), and open them so that they are rectangles.

2. Lay the pillowcases on top of each other. The folded over seamed edge (opening when you put a pillow in) is now the "top" of the nightgown.

3. Trim the sides, making a trapezoid. The basic measurements for mine were 17.5" at the top, gradually increasing to 27.5" at the bottom. I'm a 34" bust and 36" hips, so increase or decrease yours as needed.

4. I put it on and pinned it to my body. The measurements I ended up with more specifically:
   -from the top to about 4" down from there, the measurement across was 17.5", then the increase began.
   -By 14" down it was 22" wide.
   -At the bottom, it was 27.5" wide.

5. Lay the pillowcase pieces wrong sides together, and pin and sew up the side seams, with a 5/8" seam allowance.

6. Press the seams open.

7. Hem. I did 1/4" pressed in, then 1/2" hem, for 3/4" total.

8. Pin and sew the trim over the pre-existing seam of the pillowcase, now right about the middle of the bustline.

9. Make the straps with the material you cut off of the sides. Mine were 17" long (again, adjust as needed) and 1.5" wide.

10. Fold the strip of material in half lengthwise, and sew a 1/4" seam. Turn right side out.

11. Sew trim over strap.

12. With the bottom ends of the strap folded under, pin inside the nightgown on top, and sew. In the front, mine were 3.75" from each side, and 5" from each side in the back.

13. Et voila!
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« Reply #9 on: July 24, 2007 11:28:34 PM »

That is adorable. you should wear it with some skinny jeans or leggings to show it!
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