It feels so good to sleep in a pretty silk nightgown. A luxurious treat. Actual silk nightgowns are quite expensive,and they’re getting harder and harder to find unless you go to a high end shop. All the ones I’ve seen at Victoria’s Secret in the past few years have been polyester. It just does NOT feel the same as silk.
Since I can find silk in the fabric district for five to eight dollars a yard, making my own nightie is totally affordable. I paid five dollars for this pattern on sale, Vogue 9015, and I had bought the silk for five dollars a yard. I used two yards since it’s cut on the bias. The trim I’ve had in my stash for years so this silk nightgown was made for fifteen dollars. Even If I paid full retail for the silk, it would still be much less than the last silk nightie I saw in a boutique for one hundred twenty dollars.
But saving money isn’t the only reason to sew yourself pretty things to sleep in. Whether or not you are sewing it for a romantic interlude, or no one else will see it but yourself and your cat, you are treating yourself to something special and taking the time to make yourself something that feels special. Self care sewing.
For some reason I could just not get my head around the instructions in Vogue 9015, so I didn’t follow them at all. I cut two inch wide bias strips to create the straps and facings. Then I stitched the trim to the front. One thing I did that the intructions didn’t mention and is well worth noting is I let the nightgown hang for two days on my dress form to let all the bias stretch out.
Just look at that bias droop! It was two inches longer in some spots. I remarked the hem measuring from the ground to the hem, cut it evenly, and then made my baby hem. I cut this nightgown in a size 12 and it fits well. I’d love to make another one if I could only find the perfect lace for it. I like View C on the envelope. The black silky nightie with beige lace trim. So pretty! But that lace will take time to find. I’m all ears if you know where to get some.
Here you can see my wonky straps that I made up as I went along. This method actually can look good if done well, which it isn’t here. The strap here isn’t wide enough for the bodice edge. But this method works if you are using tiny spaghetti straps. It’s done on one of my ready to wear tops. You sew the right of the strap to the side to right side of the bodice then you flip it up and stitch it down across the front.
It’s been a long sewing hiatus for me. Lots of changes in my personal life that I won’t keep harping on about, but it’s been hard and I’m trying to come out it. I finally finished these three vestment pieces I was altering for my local Catholic priest. I’ve had them all summer and it was such a relief to finally finish! I had a big mishap with a hundred year old piece he gave me from Rome. I tacked black cuffs to the white linen which are covered with antique white lace . Then they got a little wet and they bled all over the 100 year old lace! I was mortified. Thank goodness for Oxi Clean. Oxi Clean is a lifesaver! Moral of the story is make sure you pre-wash any fabric you put against white and make sure it’s color fast.
Happy sewing, friends!