I just made a flannel nightgown for Chloe for Christmas. This full-length nightgown will be super-warm and cuddly for her. It will be her gift to open on Christmas Eve 🙂
I used a soft flannel, a pink Hello Kitty print that I got from Jo-Ann a few years ago. I believe I purchased this fabric right before we adopted Chloe, knowing I would want to make her a nightgown. Yes, 2013 was the year it was finally made! Only took me about 5 years…
I used McCall’s pattern M6459. I like the design of the top of the nightgown, with the bias tape. I made the size 7 version, which was the smallest of the package sizes. That meant pattern tracing, since I like to leave open the possibility of making one of the larger sizes at some point. Tracing a pattern is really no big deal with the ginormous wax tracing paper sheets I found at A Fashionable Stitch.
At the bias tape intersections I hand-stitched some little silk ribbon rosebuds. I’ve always loved those little things – they’re so sweet and simple. I couldn’t decide between red or white, so I ended up tacking a few together into a little bouquet and stitched them right on.
Here are the mods I made:
– Don’t cut out ruffle pattern piece, just cut 3 rectangles 5.25″ x WOF (width of fabric)
– Use twill tape since I didn’t have any stay tape. Worked just fine.
– Finish the front/back sides and sleeve seam with french seams. I used the How to Sew a French Seam Tutorial by Craftsy.
– Since my girl is a size 6, cut 2″ off the front/back length, as well as 1″ off the sleeve length.
– Place the elastic sleeve cuff 2″ from the end of the sleeve (not 3.5″ per the pattern).
– Use a generous 8″ of elastic for the sleeve cuffs, so they’re nice and comfy and loose.
– Serge the armhole and ruffle seams to finish.
– Apply sew-on snaps at the back neck opening (not button/thread loop per pattern).
– None. Like the pattern cover says, it’s “Easy”. It really was.
– The Hello Kitty flannel is so soft and cozy!
– I got to use some red bias tape from my grandma’s sewing stash. I love using her supplies. So nostalgic.
– The french seams made the seams a bit heavy, but I think that’s great for this project. A semi-weighted and warm nightgown is just the ticket for the cold Idaho winter.
Changes if I make this again:
– Without Chloe trying it on, it’s hard to say if I’d change anything. It looks so cute, I wouldn’t change anything to the appearance – we’ll see how it fits. If there are any fitting issues, I’ll update this post.