New Look 6889 in Double Cotton Gauze

far, far away nightgown - 1Pattern:  New Look 6889

Modifications: bias tape hem

Fabric:  Far, Far Away “Field of Flowers–Green” by Heather Ross

Purchased at Sew to Speak

Ah, I finally have a new nightgown and my own piece of clothing in double cotton gauze. I’m feeling very good about this dress, but I have a word of caution.  DO NOT set the timer for two hours and see if you can beat the clock when the front of the pattern claims to be a 2 hour project!  This was the first mistake I made, which caused one, irreparable mistake:  I cut the fabric upside!  You can’t really tell, but the orange tulips are pointing down.  D’oh!

far, far away nightgown - 2

I’m very pleased with the pattern because I measured my bust, then cut according, sewed accordingly, and miracle of miracles, it fit perfectly!  That has not happened for me yet.  So with this simple shape that fits perfectly, I can envision making my own creative modifications on future nightgowns (or dresses).  This was actually a dress pattern, not a nightgown pattern, but I really wanted pajamas made of double cotton gauze because Claire looks so comfy in hers.  Another reason this is a nightgown and not a dress can be seen below:

far, far away nightgown - 3It sticks to your underwear!  This was also lamented by Amy Karol on her blog, Angry Chicken.  She fixed the problem by wearing a slip.

A couple more details:far, far away nightgown - 5

I liked the narrow ribbon tie.

I couldn't figure out how to do the bias tape on the neckline.  The directions were not very clear.  I recommend looking for help on this.

I couldn't figure out how to do the bias tape on the neckline. The directions were not very clear. I recommend looking for help on this.

I finished the seams because the double gauze unravels A LOT.

I finished the seams because the double gauze unravels A LOT.

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5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by emilie on July 27, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    The tulips look like lilies of the valley, so no worries.

    Reply

  2. wonderful use of double gauze… great for hot summer nights.
    makes me wanna sew up some sleepwear for myself!

    I recently learned a great trick from my mom for finishing the seams, (’cause your so right, gauze unravels a lot!) – french seams!! the first few things I made from it I used pinking shears, which worked out ok, but now french seams have changed my life!

    Reply

    • Posted by amberjsquirrel on August 18, 2009 at 1:23 pm

      Thanks–that’s a great idea. I should try out french seams. I don’t know what kind of seams I made, but it seams to work. 🙂

      Reply

  3. Oh and I also wanted to say thanks so much for the great press support of our little shoppe! 🙂

    Reply

    • Posted by amberjsquirrel on August 18, 2009 at 1:22 pm

      You are welcome. I loved your shoppe. I wish I could visit every weekend, but it looks like it will be about once or twice a year. 😦 At least I can keep up with y’all on your blog.

      Reply

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