Jun 30, 2010

Little Girl's Pillowcase Nighty Tutorial

Today's tutorial is from Angela at My Inner Old Lady...She will teach us how to make a nightgown out of a pillowcase.

This is an easy sewing project that can be completed in less than an hour. 

You will need:

2 pillowcases

Fold over elastic

An existing nightgown

Here's the how-to:

Use the existing nightgown as your pattern. Fold the nightgown in half longways and lay it along the side of your pillowcase and cut along outside. Repeat with the other pillowcase.

With those two identical pieces:

1. Place right sides together and stitch sides leaving a 1/2 inch seam allowance.  Finish the side seams with a zig-zag stitch (or, use a serger)

2. Check the fit. I had to trim the neckline quite a bit, with the front neckline dipping about 1 inch lower than the back neckline.

3. Stitch and zig-zag the shoulder seams, right sides together.

4. Finish the neckline and the armholes with a zig-zag stitch on fold over elastic. Amy Karol has a nice tutorial on this here. I pulled the elastic very gently to create tiny gathers. If you don't pull on it at all, it will just create a smooth finish and conversely you can pull on it very firmly to create more gathers.

5. Create the hem by double folding 1/2 inch, then finish with a zig-zag. The stitching matches the zig-zag in the fold over elastic.

This was a super-easy and fast project. With two standard sized pillowcases, you can make up to a child's size 8.

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fabriquefantastique said...

my favorite tutorial so far. as I often sell vintage pillowslips at the markets I do, I sometimes guide people to your blog. Jan

itmom said...

I love this. So sweet. Great job!!