Friday, September 3, 2010


Poor Sutton has been wearing hand-me-down pajamas from her big brother for years. She has never minded until the last few months. The problem is that I have a hard time spending money just for something my kids sleep in and I rarely find pajamas on sale. I have made pajama pants for the kids before but the other day my husband suggested nightgowns. Of course! Little girls love nightgowns. Why didn't I think of that?

I did a quick search for 'free nightgown pattern' and some how found my way to this site and this dress tutorial. The dress is adorable and without the elastic around the waist it works perfect for nightgowns also. I have made many peasant style tops and dresses for myself and Sutton in the past but this tutorial may be the simplest I have seen and comes together very quickly!

I made each one slightly different. The blue jersey with the scalloped edge was the first attempt and it was a little big, but it's okay because she'll be able to wear it for years. I made the floral nightgowns a little smaller and each have a ruffle at the bottom. All the material was given to my by my mother-in-law, in fact, the peachy-pink floral is a vintage bed sheet. Sutton thinks the nightgowns are fantastic and wants to wear them all day!

Happy Labor Day weekend! Enjoy the extra time off work/school. I know I will!


she wears flowers said...

Adorable! I have used the peasant dresses for nightgowns, too. I LOVE them. Yours got pretty fancy! Your daughter is so lucky--I'm going to be sure mine don't know their nightgowns could get so fancy! :)

Chris said...

I love the nightgowns! My daughter loves them too. There's a great tutorial for making one out of pillowcases that has SLEEVES. It's on case you need to make one more.

Lorie said...

They are cute!! Almost like dress up for bed!! And have a wonderful Labor Day yourself!

Marisa said...

This is perfect! My daughter wants matching dresses and/or nightgowns for herself and her dolls. I think I can handle this pattern. Thanks!

Sara said...


Joy said...

Such pretty nightgowns. I know she feels like a little princess in them. How do you gather the top like that. Do you have a machine that smocks.
♥ Joy

Steph said...

I would want to wear them all day too! Well done Erin!

Erin said...

@joy- i gathered the top and sleeves of the dresses with "shirring", using elastic thread in the bobbin.

Andi said...

You're amazing! That's more work than I would do for a nightgown.

dandee said...

These are the sweetest! I bet your little Sutton feels so special. I have been wanting to make some new pj's for my girls. I keep hearing how easy pj bottoms are so I thought I'd start with those, but you've inspired me to maybe take a leap and try a nightgown instead. I'll let you know how it goes. . .

Rebecca said...

I have a few vintage sheets I have been wanting to make into nightgowns for my 3 girls, but have lacked the confidence without a pattern. I'll have to try this!

Varenia said...

Love these! I bet Sutton does too, she looks so sweet!

Kim said...

Love! My ballerinas love to wear nightgowns but now with the flame retardant requirements it makes it impossible to find cozy cotton ones. I would love to make them some. I need a simpler pattern though. That shirring is wayyyyy beyond me.

Lorajean said...

These are so sweet! I want to go and make some right now!!

Anonymous said...

Awww - These gowns are so sweet looking. It reminds me of when my girls were little. Thanks for the link to the tutorial.

Rebecca said...

I have the same issue with pajamas. They are pricey and only slept in. I have a couple old sheets that I was thinking of doing just this with. Love yours!

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