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...

10 comments:

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

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  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*

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

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  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!

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  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!

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

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  7. Nice job! It's so pretty!

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

    Tiffany

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  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

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

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