Today we are excited to share with you a tutorial on turning your Ruffled PJ’s into a summer nightgown. When we first released our PJ’s we were entering the cold weather months and offered you the option to make them up in flannel, fleece or cotton. Well now that summer is right around the corner here in the midwest I am going to show you how to adapt the Ruffled PJ’s into a summer nightgown.
You can get your copy of the Ruffled PJ’s here. Construct the bodice as directed. For the summer I used this cute cotton. This would also turn out very nicely in a soft silky fabric or a fine gauze.
I shortened the sleeve and added some shirring. You can take a short sleeve that fits and measure the length. For this size 3 the sleeve measures seven inches from the top of the sleeve cap to the bottom.
After inserting the sleeve, narrowly hem by turning under 1/4 inch and 1/4 inch again. Instead of a casing and elastic I shirred the sleeve. It is a softer look and not so tight on M’s little arm.
Hand wind a bobbin with elastic thread. Use a medium tension when winding. Stitch with the sleeve right side up, this will ensure that the elastic thread is sewn on the wrong side. I sewed three rows each 1/2 inch apart. Note that the lighter weight fabric you are working with the more shirring you will get with your elastic thread. Looking for more tips on shirring? This is a great post.When you are finished stirring, you need to steam the wrong side of the sleeve with lots and lots and lots of steam. After you have steamed your iron dry, refill the well and turn the sleeve over and steam from the right side. You got it, with lots and lots and lots of steam. Be patient. The more you steam the more gathers you will get.
I added a ruffle to the bottom of the skirt to mirror the ruffle on the bodice. The skirt ruffle is 4 inches high and 1 1/2 times the width of your rectangle. Cut 2.
Your skirt will be the same width as given for your size in the original pattern and for the length I simply measured how long I wanted it to be. Keep in mind your bottom of the bodice begins above the waist. For my fairly tall size 3 my skirt measures 18 inches long. Cut 2.
Fold the ruffle in half WST. Gather and attach to the bottom of the skirt, matching raw edges. Now the bottom of skirt is finished. No hem needed!Now all you need to do is sew your side seam from edge of sleeve to the bottom of the skirt. Be careful to match all of the seams. Put your little princess to bed in her new nighty!
Happy Sewing, Donna
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