When Jenny from Seamingly Smitten was looking for some older girls to help complete a recent pattern test, Miss A was happy to help out!
But do you know what happens when you let the tween (aka Miss Middle School) choose her own fabrics and trims and then stage herself and the photo shoot all by herself?
You get this…
Duck faced selfies.
From the 11 year old.
Lordy, lordy, am I ever in trouble with this girl!!!
But as you can tell, she absolutely LOVES this nightgown!
She has always been a nightgown kid, and has recently started getting annoyed because Carters brand nightgowns only go up to a size 8/10. She’s now a size 14, but has been wearing her old 8/10’s almost daily- that’s how much she loves them!
So it was no surprise to me that she jumped at the opportunity to test a new nightgown pattern.
Jenny did an amazing job with the pattern. She made the pattern simple to print, simple to assemble, and even the instructions are simple to follow. I was able to put the entire nightgown together, from printing the pattern to trimming the final threads, in less than an hour.
Easy finishing techniques for the neck and sleeves are included, but there are so many ways to ‘spice it up’ (some of which are even included in the pattern instructions)!
For Miss A, we did a basic flannel gown with a ruffle at the bottom and fold-over elastic at the neck and wrists (her choice on color there, folks!).
As you can tell, the fit is absolutely perfect!
She actually wound up wearing the nightgown to bed that night (and the few nights after as well, until I made her put it in the wash)!
Clearly, it was a hit!
So much of a hit that she decided her little sister needed one too.
Back to Joann’s we went, and, as I began to wonder what happened to all of the flannel I used to have sitting around the sewing studio, Miss A picked some cute little mermaids and matching fold-over elastic for little Miss G.
We returned home, printed out the size 3, cut the pieces, and less than an hour later….
Now Miss G has a sweet little nightgown just like her big sister!
For her, we decided to do ruffle elastic trim at the neckline and wrists instead of the fold over elastic, just for a little extra cuteness!
Can’t you just see this with a little lace trim on the front and at the hem? Like the old-school nightgowns we used to have back in the 80’s!
Then Miss G decided that her baby needed one too. Of course, Mommy is always happy to oblige!
When Miss A was about the same age that Miss G is now, I had come up with a simple little nightgown pattern for her Bitty Baby. It had no snaps, buttons, or velcro, which made it super-simple for chubby little toddler hands to put on dolls!
I modified it a little bit to match with this nightgown (mostly I just added a ruffle to the bottom!), and I will have a tutorial with a free pattern to post on Monday!
Just in time to make matching nightgowns for Christmas, right?!
In the meantime, head on over to Seamingly Smitten, and use the code ‘SWEETDREAMS’ (code expires 11/19) to grab the Dreamcatcher Nightgown pattern for only $6!!! This pattern goes from size 6m all the way up to size 16, which is AMAZING for our older girls.
Also, don’t forget to join Jenny and the gang on the Seamingly Smitten Facebook page. You’ll see what’s new, what’s coming soon, and get some great ideas of what others have done with her patterns!
This pattern is….
And the toddler loves it a whole lot too!
Stop back on Monday to get the tutorial and free pattern to make a nightgown for 15″ and 18″ dolls!
Bye for now from Miss A and Miss G (and Bitty Baby too)!