Katie is the owner of A Girl Named Katie, a darling little online shop with indie-inspired handmade bags and accessories. She also blogs at Love is Why I Wake about everyday life and projects of all sorts. She is here today to show us one of her recent refashions — a vintage nightgown turned dress! You know how I love a good refashion, and this is definitely one! Check it out…
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Don’t judge me if I wear my night gown as a casual outfit and don’t believe a single thing is wrong with it.
Put your eyebrow down and allow me to explain. I love, love, love how delicate and feminine vintage lingerie is. Frankly I feel very pretty wearing it. And why should I settle for just being pretty in my bedroom? Well, I’m not settling, and neither should you. That is why I am here to defeat the myth that you can’t wear a night gown as a day dress. But before you throw a pair of heels on and run out in your skimmies, perhaps you should line your transparent beauty to keep your sexy classy.
Below is a crochet bodice night gown I scored at a local thrift shop in my size. It is a light weight cotton lycra nightie in a baby pink. I knew from the moment I plucked it from the rack that it had potential to be an adorable day dress with some simple alterations and a lining.
A few things you will need:
Matching lining fabric, I used about a yard of pink cotton lawn
Matching thread and other basic sewing essentials
First things first, I got down to business by removing the ruffle hem which screamed NIGHTIE! I flattened out the “dress” on the floor and cut straight across the bottom and got rid of the beast! After wearing it as a scarf for a short while, of course. That is a step you can chose to skip…just the scarf wearing part, unless you found a nightie that has an acceptable hem.
I then pinned my raw edge and double roll hemmed it at a 1/2 inch.
Once it was hemmed I laid out the dress over my lining fabric and pinned it in place to use as a pattern for the lining pieces. I folded down the bodice part because I did not want to line the lace bodice. I cut around the dress allowing a 1/2 inch allowance. I hemmed the dress prior to cutting out the lining so when I hem the lining it will be slightly shorter than the dress and not be seen.
After the lining was cut out I sewed the side seams a 5/8 inch and then hemmed the lining at 1/2 inch, just like I did before.
I then pinned the lining into the dress where the bodice pieces met the skirt starting at the arms allowing an inch of fabric to be folded under. I pinned the rest of the lining in straight across the bodice. I then went back and trimmed the excess fabric off around the lace and back bodice pieces still allowing an inch to be turned under.
I folded under the allowance and hand stitched the lining into the dress using a whip stitch along the serger edge of the existent seam to hide my stitches.
And then the dress is complete. Geesh, that was easy! You are going to look fabulous in your new dress.
When I am not fixing up my nighties and other lingerie bits I make handmade bags and accessories which I sell on Etsy
and my official website
I hope you will stop by and take a look!