Next to nothing in the way of PJs or nightgowns survived the first two girls to be passed down to my 3yo. Nightgowns are, in my opinion, way too much $ for what they are to buy them in stores. I made it from some great giveaway prizes, so it cost me nothing but a little bit of thread, elastic, and time. Sweet!
|There is that picture smile again.|
Then, I sewed a yard of lace onto the bottom edge- directly onto the right side of the fabric because the pretty lace covers the serged edge.
Then, I took the leftover lace- 18 inches, and cut it in half to make straps (See? The amounts were PERFECT!) I pinned them two inches from the center on each side, but I forgot to figure in the gathering, so they should have been out another inch. I turned the top of the fabric down 1 1/2 inches and sewed all the way around on the same line where I attached the lace. I sewed back and forth several times over the straps to make it extra durable.
Then, I made a casing for the elastic. I carefully sewed 1/2 inch from the top all the way around, leaving a small opening to insert the elastic. I was careful not to catch the lace from the top edge, but I did sew the straps down again really well.
Finally, I inserted the elastic by putting a safety pin in the end and pushing it through. I sewed the ends of the elastic together by overlapping them about an inch.
And that was it! Very, very easy!
She loves it and I like its simple, vintage style... kinda' dreamy.
Thank you again to Karen and Carly for the great prizes. :)
I have decided to participate in Kids' Clothing Week Challenge since I have some other sewing projects in mind for my girls. The goal is to sew for an hour a day, but for me, it will probably be little bits of time here and there as I can grab it. Wish me luck!!