|This is the second time I've made this pattern. I'm rewriting the review to use the template. |
Pattern Description: "Simplicity 2 Hour: MISSES' SLEEPWEAR: Pullover nightgown A, B in two lengths has lace trimming and upper casing with self drawstring forming shoulder straps; B has elastic raised waistline casing. Pullover nightgown C and pajama top D has wide elasticized neckline, self fabric tie bow and short flutter sleeves. Pull on pajama shorts D have elastic waistline casing."
I've made only view B.
This pattern is copyrighted 2000. It's out of print, but maybe still to be found online.
Pattern Sizing: I had the XS/S/M envelope and this also came in L/XL. I made M which covers the standard US pattern sizes 14-16 (my measurements correspond to 14). The fit seems reasonable.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, except I didn't add the lace on the hem in either case.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Pretty much. I didn't think any of the steps were confusing. To make this as easy as possible, I would suggest choosing a pliable fabric that will take a crease when ironed. The casing at the upper edge is made just by folding under the (curved) cut edge, which could be difficult to get flat if your fabric is thick or very tightly woven. With the sleeveless views, you do also have to fold the corner ends of that casing carefully so all the raw stuff ends up inside.
Finally, the raised-waist elastic casing is made with 1/2" bias tape, through which you are supposed to thread 3/8" elastic. This means you have to be careful to stitch very close to the edges of the bias tape, or else there won't be enough room to fit the elastic in. If that becomes a problem, you could use 1/4" elastic instead, or you could just start by unfolding the bias tape and stitching along the crease lines to get yourself the entire 1/2" (the bias tape edges won't fray anyway).
One other thing I've contemplated (but not done with this pattern) is skipping the waist casing entirely and sewing a piece of elastic on directly, to skip the tedious feeding-through-the-casing part. I'd probably use plush lingerie elastic and a three-step zigzag.
What did you particularly like... View B in particular looks different from most RTW I've seen, which makes it more worth sewing IMO. It's comfortable and doesn't take long to make.
or dislike about the pattern? I'd have preferred it if the bias strips for finishing the underarm area had a smaller seam allowance instead of 5/8", but no big deal.
Fabric Used: The first time I made this, I used cotton piqué. This time, I used a cotton print (which says "'The State Birds' - Common Loon #657 by Suzan Ellis for Northcott").
Pattern Alterations... Without making any changes to the cut, you can adjust the finished gown somewhat (to raise or lower the whole thing) by loosening or tightening the shoulder straps/neckline drawstring.
On the second version, it seemed like the length of waist elastic I'd cut according to the guide was much too long, so I cut several inches off; I can't recall doing this for the first version, but it seems like I must have... or maybe I ignored the guide entirely and just fit the elastic on myself. I would suggest doing that instead of using the guide, actually.
or any design changes you made: On the first version, I straightened the hem and cut the whole thing on the crossgrain because I liked the selvedge of my fabric (it had a strip of plain weave and a little fringe of the cut weft threads -- not real exciting, I know, but I thought it would be a nicer finish than turning the pique under). On the second version, I folded up a 5/8" hem twice, meaning my hem is twice as deep as intended and the result is 5/8" shorter. I thought that without the lace, it would look better to have a more substantial hem.
Also on the first version, I did some extra reinforcement (using self fabric, IIRC) of the buttonholes you pull the drawstring through, and I used French seams at the sides. On the second version I pressed open the side seams and serged the seam allowances separately.
Would you sew it again? I very rarely sew things twice, but I've done so here and I probably would sew it again once I needed more summer nightgowns.
Would you recommend it to others? Yes, I think it's a great pattern.