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Old 06-20-2009, 08:33 PM   #1
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Vintage nightgown tutorial...made from pillowcase




So, I've been wanting to sew a traditional vintage type nightgown for dd (2yo), but didn't want to buy the pattern, so here's my "how-to" sew a 2T nightgown from a queen pillowcase tutorial for anyone who wants it. This is all out of my head, so I'm sure there are other ways to do it. This is just how my brain figured out to do it. All measurements are with seam allowances.

1. Buy or find a queen size pillowcase. I bought mine at the thrift store for .50! You will also need a small piece of 1/8" elastic and one button.


2. Dd's waist is 22" and I want the bodice to be 5" long, so I cut two pairs of 12"x5" recatngles out of my pillowcase (because half of 22" is 12"). A total of four rectangles. This will be the front and back of the bodice.
(Only one of the pairs is cut below.)


3. Fold in half and use a cup, bowl, etc.. to cut the arm holes and neck line out. I used my dd's toy strainer. Cut.



4. Sew the top of the shoulders together on both pairs of your bodice. Cut the middle of one bodice in half. This will be the back.



5. Lay the two bodice pieces right sides together and sew up the outer edges. When you come to the cut bodice place a loop of elastic inside the layers and sew. This will be the loop for the button when your nightgown is finished.



7. Turn right side out and iron flat.



7. Now sew up the sides to finish the bodice. Sorry don't have a pic, but it should look like a vest. make since? look at the pics below.

8. Measure an 18"x15" rectangle from the pillowcase and cut. This will be the skirt of the nightgown. We chose 18" wide (waist) because in order to have a gathered look where the skirt meets the bodice it must measure 1.5 x the waist. So, our waist was 12" x 1.5= 18" I like a very gathered look, so I added a few inches and made mine 23". I just like the length of where 15" falls on my dd. so my rectangle for the skirt measure 23"x15"


9. Cut the edge to have two pieces.


10. With right sides together sew up the sides.


11. Now put your machine on the highest stitch and longest stitch setting and sitich arround the top of your skirt to make a ruffled skirt. Do NOT lock your stitches.


12. Pin your bodice to your ruffled skirt and sew to make these two pieces one gown.



BTW- here's my helper while sewing. She's pinning a "bib" for her tiger. lol I made the dress she has on earlier today.


13. Now to make the ruffle at the bottom of the skirt we use the same measurements as above. Our width of our gown was 23" so we calculate 23"x1.5" = 35". Cut a 35" rectangle out of your pillowcase.


13. Sew your rectangle into a tube


14. Hem the bottom of the tube.


15. Now again, put your machine on the highest stitch and longest stitch setting and sitich arround the top of your tube to make the girly ruffle. Do NOT lock your stitches.



16. Sew your ruffle onto the bottom of your skirt!


17. Tada!!! you are finished with your beautiful mama made vintage, girly nightgown made solely out of a pillowcase.





18. Be sure to add your button onto the back of your nightgown. I plan to add a yellow pearl button to dds.

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Old 06-20-2009, 08:40 PM   #2
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very nice! I don't think my boys want nightgowns though
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Old 06-20-2009, 08:42 PM   #3
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That is darling! I have a bunch of vintage fabric to use so this is great!
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This is a great tute! Love the nightgown!
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Brilliant!
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Old 06-20-2009, 09:25 PM   #6
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I love that! I want one
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So cute!!! I like it just as a dress too
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Thx ladies. I had been itchin' to make dd one of these. I just think they are so girly and old-fashion. DD calls it her princess nightgown. lol. She calls everything her princess (insert word). Hope someone else decided to make one and posts a pic.

DH laughs at me for recycling old pillowcases and curtains into dresses. He says he feels like we live in The Sound of Music and one day he'll come home and we'll have no pillowcases or curtains in the house, but Layla will have a closet full of new clothes. He's a riot. I've only used one pillowcase of our own. The rest I've bought from the thrift store, so
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You are awesome! Thank you so much for sharing this. I can't wait to make some for my girls. Heck, I may just have to hit Goodwill today to get some pillowcases!
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You are awesome! Thank you so much for sharing this. I can't wait to make some for my girls. Heck, I may just have to hit Goodwill today to get some pillowcases!
Post a pic when your done. Good luck!
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