04 February 2014
When I decide what we are going to give our children for Christmas, yes I do the deciding as my husband shows no interest, I like to give them four small gifts, something they want, something they need, something to wear, something to read. I try to make at least two of these, usually the something to wear and one other. I was struggling to come up with an idea for a second 'make' for my youngest when a conversation with a friend gave me an idea. We were talking about what we were giving our children for Christmas, as she too had run out of ideas for her youngest, when she mentioned that she had made a nightie for her daughter the previous Christmas. My youngest had mentioned several times during the year that she would like one, I had been looking out for one in the shops as it never occurred to me to make one, but could not find one that she liked. Soon after I was fortunate enough to be able to spend some time in our local sewing shop alone, which gave me the perfect opportunity to find a pattern and material.
This was the second garment I have made following a bought paper pattern, the first being trousers which I made in the summer last year. Despite their being some more new techniques in this pattern I managed to make this in a day. I knew that it was slightly more complicated than the trousers so I spent a long time before hand reading all the instructions to make sure I knew exactly what I was supposed to doing. I find it really difficult to visualise what I need to do from written instructions I work much better from pictures. Most of the instructions for this nightie did not make any sense but I figured once I had cut out the pieces and started to sew it would make more sense, lucky for me it did. I didn't sew continuously during the day, I did a bit and then left it, did a bit more.
It is not by any means the most perfect garment, the hem at the bottom is a little odd in places but my daughter loves it and wore it for three days, whilst we were home, once she had opened it! The pattern has been really useful as I used it as a base to make up some viking costumes.
Joining in with Nicole for this weeks Keep Calm Craft On, head on over to see what others have been busy making......