Thursday, March 31, 2011

Simplicity 9505 View C Nightgown

I finished 2 of these peasant-style nightgowns since posting about this pattern on Tuesday. Like the other views I've made with this pattern, they were easy to make. I did change the construction order to facilitate construction. Um, why completely make the sleeves (including casings), and then attach them to the assembled body of the garment? They're raglan after all, and it's much simpler to assemble all the pieces before sewing up the sides. I also prefer doing all similar operations at the same time, so that's what I did with casings and elastic. Silly instructions like that make no sense, and I feel free to ignore them for a better way. If you sew, I hope feel confident enough to do the same. It'll save you a lot of grief.

Anyway, back to the gowns. I used basic cotton fabric from the stash, so these will be comfortable to wear through the summer. Although I love the sleeveless drawstring style from the pattern, it's a little too bare for this time of year. The short sleeved peasant style is perfect for cool spring mornings.

I wore the pink one to bed last night and was very pleased with it. I think I'll save the blue for an upcoming weekend trip.

Duchesse commented on the caftan version on the pattern envelope: I like the caftan shape and can see it in interesting fabrics worn as at-home wear (not just for sleeping).

I agree! I've made it a couple of times for sleepwear, but an "at-home" version in either length would be perfect for casual living. Why recreate the wheel?

I also noticed that the drawstring nightgown from this pattern has a more flattering fit than that Butterick disaster I made for Puerto Rico, so I may revisit it for use as an actual dress.


SewingLibrarian said...

Very nice, Nancy. I always take a pencil to the pattern instructions and change things around to suit me. I work better from the written word, so I do use the instructions, but modified. Enjoy your lovely nightgowns.

Little Hunting Creek said...

These are so pretty! I love pretty nightgowns. You've inspired me to make some too. I ignore instructions that make no sense. Sadly, pattern company instructions lately seem to be written by a computer from the 60's