Tuesday, March 17, 2009

A Laura Ashley Nightgown

My summer nightgown bit the dust last year, so now that the warm weather has returned I found myself in need of some lightweight sleepwear. So I turned to McCalls 9437, an out-of-print Laura Ashley pattern.

And a little bit of tweaking later, this is what I came up with:

I scrapped the sleeve ruffles (they looked like wings!) and replaced them with eyelet. I also lined the bodice, which made for some interesting construction modifications.

The fabric is a lovely cotton print, reduced to $1 per yard at Wal-Mart.

And rather than taking up the 2 1/4" hem, I indulged in several tucks. Because tucks are just too delightful!

I think I'm ready for summer now! Even though the first day of Spring doesn't roll around until the 20th...


  1. It turned out so beautiful! I used the same Walmart print to make a skirt! Walmart sales are great!! :) Have a lovely day!

  2. That is so beautiful. I wish I knew how to sew, nightgowns are so romantic. They make me want to curl up in a big fluffy bed of white linens and read and old book. *sigh*

  3. Very Pretty! I love that fabric and the tucks are indeed delightful!

  4. It is lovely! The tucks and eyelet are perfect touches! It will be so much fun to wear--it's so nice and feminine!

  5. I love it! I've been needing some new nightgowns so was so excited to read your post. . .only to discover its an out of print pattern! :) I have a similar style though from a 1980's pattern. It has a smocked yoke, but very similar lines.

    I really love what you have done with this one. The tucks are beautiful!

  6. That is one of the prettiest summer nightgowns I've seen! Beautiful work, Shannon!

  7. Nice job! It's so pretty!

  8. It's lovely, Shannon. And though your pictures are wonderful, the gown is even more beautiful in person.


  9. Such a beautiful nightgown, it turned out so sweet (now I want to make one!)! I agree, tucks are simply charming!

    Joyfully in Christ,
    Miss Emily Rose

  10. Beautiful! Looks so comfy too! :-)


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