Once I had recovered from my previous mistakes in starting Tender is the Nightie from Sew Everything Workshop, I was ready to sew! I re-cut the front and back parts of the bodice, and made sure to use leftover tissue paper under the zig-zag stitching to avoid puckering.
This project requires you to make your own pattern following instructions in the book. I made some changes to this pattern. The most important change I made was to the length- I shortened it quite a bit! Diana Rupp has probably made a strategic choice in making this nightie so long- it hits several inches below the knee- so that mothers will still be able to buy this book for their young daughters without encouraging overexposure. She wants this book to be PG, to appeal to a wide audience. But, I feel that mid-thigh is a much better look for a grown woman. So, I cut off about 10 inches from the length.
I was so happy to put this together, because it resembles a real dress! I can’t wait to be able to make cute dresses! There are only 4 pieces- 2 bodice pieces and 2 skirt pieces. The nightie is made with an empire waist. The skirt is slightly more narrow at the top than at the bottom, to add shape.
In addition to being the first time I got to construct and attach a bodice and skirt, Diane Rupp also teaches you how to use a loop turner, make spaghetti straps and how to do slide-slit openings on the skirt. I used lace for my straps instead
Like Jessica from Green Apples, I am not going to model the nightgown– this is not that sort of site!
While I loved making this project and feel I learned a lot, it’s just too big for me. Once I was done constructing it, pinned on some lace for the straps to try it on. I could see that it was quite a bit bigger than my other nightgowns, but I was hopping that it might end up being bigger in a still-flattering sort of way, but no. It’s just too big. So, I didn’t do any of the finishing touches (sewing on lace trim, finishing the side slits), because I knew I could never wear it.
Oh well, I still learned a lot! I ended up buying The Perfect Fit: The Classic Guide to Altering PatternsThe Perfect Fit: The Classic Guide to Altering Patterns and then find out!
Grade: A-. I learned a lot, and it would probably fit a non-petite person better.