Pattern Description: Girls' Nightgowns have front and back gathered to yokes and ruffle at bottom edge. View A has double yoke with button closure and gathered sleeves have gathering at wrist with elastic. View B has single layer yoke and neckline, armholes and bottom edges are finished with lace.
Pattern Sizing: XS (4-5) to XL (12-14); I chose to sew View B mainly because I only had 2 yards of fabric for each nightgown. The pattern calls for 2 1/8 yards for View B in the size L (10) that I traced and cut. K is growing out of her 8's so I went with a 10 so the nightgowns would last hopefully through the winter.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? sort of, yes.
Were the instructions easy to follow? I followed instructions for View B up through #5. They are easy to follow and provide many pictures.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?It is so hard to find a nightgown pattern for girls! I've been looking for a great one for awhile. I decided to try this one because it looked cute. the armholes were HUGE and the neck LOW. Plus the neck barely fits over K's head. The top has a tendency to pull forward and drag the neck scandalously low.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I used my serger to do the gathers on the bottom ruffles and attached each one separately without sewing up the sides. On the pink squirrel and tree fabric I folded the neckline and armhole edges over and then over again in a tiny 1/4" to hem. Then I sewed up the sides and hemmed the ruffle. I'm telling you this ruffle seemed to go on for-ever-and-ever-and-ever. I also had to use green for the ruffle because I couldn't fit the band within the 2 yards of fabric I had.
To salvage the bug nightgown I opted to add yellow flannel bias to the armholes which helped a lot. K didn't want any on the neck but I think I'll add it anyway. The top has a tendency to pull forward and drag the neck scandalously low. I also didn't want to hem the bottom ruffle again so I made a small band (3" which after 1/2 inch seam and folded in half was 1") for the bottom. I sewed it around and then top stitched the seams up onto the ruffle. I'm not sure this was a good idea because it seems to weigh down the ruffles and make the bottom stiffer. I'm hoping it loosens more in the wash (fabric was already pre-washed but I'm hoping it softens even more).
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?I do like the look of the nightgown. The pattern is easy to make and follow. I suggest getting the full 2 1/8 yards that the pattern calls for in order to fit everything on. I'm sure I'll make it someday in the future but for now, 2 is enough. Now I just need to add the yellow bias to the bug one and add green bias to the armholes and neck of the squirrel one.