Why are nightgowns so d*@# expensive, anyway??
Are they hard to make? Anyone ever try one??
I like ankle length slick material nightgowns, preferably gathered or
eased on a narrow yoke......better hunt up a pattern and try one I
guess..........I would love to hear any horror stories or
I make all my own nightgowns - have done for years. I'm still using the
same pattern (slightly modified) it is a simple back and front gathered
onto a round yoke. I don't like sleeveless, so I add some 5" lingerie
lace or broderie anglaise (sorry - eyelet in this country) all around
the bottom edge of the yoke, back, front, shoulders. The reason I make
my own is because in this hot, sticky climate I want cool, lightweight
cotton - preferably batiste.
Doesn't make them any cheaper but they sure are more comfortable. BTW,
if you make a failure, remember, you will only be wearing it in the dark!!!
Olwyn Mary in New Orleans.
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A nightgown gathered onto a yoke is the iconic beginner's project. Mom
once said that when she was a girl, they didn't even use a pattern --
just cut a yoke out of a strip torn off one side of the fabric, then
pleated the remaining fabric onto the yoke.
But slick material isn't easy to handle. If you have any use for a
fuzzy nightgown, test your pattern in cotton flannel.
But slicks are usually knits, which won't fit the same as flannel. On
the other hand
both slick and woven. Comes only in white, though.
joy beeson at comcast dot net
http://roughsewing.home.comcast.net/ -- needlework
In article ,
If your sewing machine handles lingerie fabrics ok, they are very easy.
If not, you can use strips of stabilizer or those plastic grocery bags.
Awhile back, I bought tricot and other similar fabrics by the bundle
from Logan Kits (yes they make kits too:). They also included matching
wide laces and insertions and maybe even some elastics IIRC. I've made
slips, nighties, panties, camisoles, and lots of other lingerie for
myself and friends. I've also done silk cut on the bias, used sheer,
100% cotton batiste and lawn, and sheer cotton jersey (extremely hard to
For nylon tricot, you will need to use 65 or 70 ballpoint needles (not
universals) . Kwik Sew probably still has patterns. The Kirsten
Martenson book on lingerie is good (has patterns too) and there are
others as well including one by Singer. I think Vogue has some lingerie
patterns currently. SewSassy also has nice lingerie fabrics.
I fear me you but warm the starved snake
Who, cherished in your breasts, will sting your hearts. (Henry VI,Shakespeare)
I appreciate the wisdom of the flannel suggestion. The best I can do
is some woven slick stuff for a first go. Surely I can get used to the
pattern on that, and hope that my serger will handle the
knit..........I will let you know how it goes.....
Thanks to everyone for the links, suggestions, and information. I
appreciate it very much...............
I've been making my own nighties and Pj's for years and years because I
couldn't see the value in RTW ones either......they never have enough
(read any) seam allowance which usually frays even though it's been done
with a serger, albeit huge stitches.
My fabric preference is satin, although I have used a lovely soft cotton
a few times, and for winter I use cuddleskin (brushed cotton backing on
satin). I use McCall's #5683 which I've been using for many
years...this is a unisex shirt style pattern and has PJ's (long and
short), nightshirt (long and short) and a kimono (long and short) so you
can see it's a versatile pattern and very comfy.
Like you, I used to wear a nightie similar to the one you described, but
since making the above pattern once (for a change) I've stuck with it
because I find it so comfortable, besides it's quick and easy to make.
Just another suggestion!
Dunno... Haven't worn one for years! I wear Aldi's cheap & cheerful
thermal undoes for skiing as pj's: £8 a set, and they keep me warm.
I'm too restless a sleepier for nightgowns: they end up and a knot at
No. Back in the days when I did wear them, they were quite easy. I
made several very frilly Victorian efforts when I was going off to
boarding school. The nuns thought they were splendid as they covered me
from neck to ankles!
Silk would be nice... But I made mine out of cotton lawn I got cheap on
a market stall in Lincoln. That would be 35 years ago now. Oooer!
Simplicity has a couple of patterns that fit your description on this page:
Kwik Sew also have some that might do:
2703, 2485, and 1812 - click on the NEXT button to see them all).
Hope these help... :)
Kate XXXXXX R.C.T.Q Madame Chef des Trolls
Lady Catherine, Wardrobe Mistress of the Chocolate Buttons
Doggone if I know.
About as easy as it comes. From good quality nylon tricot, you may be
wearing it the next 25 years... I've been known to start beginners on
a cotton or cotton flannel nightgown or pjs (the fit is pretty minimal,
and mistakes generally don't show in public) -- and I've suggested
"fancy" nightgowns or pjs as first projects with slicky fabrics, to
Possible reading material:
Kwik Sew's Beautiful Lingerie book (with patterns!()
Jan Bones' Lingerie secrets
Karen Morris: Sewing Lingerie that fits
Kitty Benton: Easy Guide to Serging Fine Fabrics
Pat, I dunno why they are so spendy, but they sure are. And about the only
place to find some that aren't 1. very ugly and 2 very badly made out of
cheap fabrics is Dillards. I know this because I asked DH for some pretty
nightgowns for my birthday. Figured he could handle that. Shoulda known
better. We were all over the mall, he told me he was afraid he would pick
something bad so I had to go shopping too. lol
I will Ditto what the others have said. They are easy to do. Finding the
fabric you want will probably be the biggest challenge.
Email me direct if you need some help. Now that the kiddos are back in
school I can always come help pin fit if you need help.
Never try to teach a pig to sing. It's a waste of time and just annoys the
I agree, they are expensive. But I wear mens extra-large t-shirts to
bed.... Have for years; they are soooo comfortable and give me LOTS of
room (I'm a size medium in womens) and are cheap! My DD started doing
the same a few years ago.
Come winter, I add a pair of flannel drawstring pants (also cheap and
You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.=20
> Why are nightgowns so d*@# expensive, anyway??
> Are they hard to make? Anyone ever try one??
> I like ankle length slick material nightgowns, preferably gathered or
> eased on a narrow yoke......better hunt up a pattern and try one I
> guess..........I would love to hear any horror stories or
Nightgowns and coats are two categories of clothing which are
relatively expensive to buy, and quite affordable, as well as easy, to
Living in the desert, as I do, I avoid any nylon or polyester
nightclothes. My favorites are chambray or madras for summer, flannel
for winter. Otherwise, the sparks from static electricity keep the the
bedroom too bright to sleep comfortably.