KCW: From pillowcase to nightdress

By Victoria As-it-Seams - 11:45

It's Kids Clothes Week and I'm missing the party. If KCW means nothing to you, all you need to know is that right now, right across the globe a load of crazy sewing addict women are manically stitching, photographing and blogging. Sadly I'm not one of them.
The KCW challenge involves sewing for one hour every day this week. And right now I just don't have that spare hour. Next week I'm having my first ever child-free trip. I'm going to New York to visit my brother! This is The Most Exciting Thing EVER. But it means that I really can't neglect my family in favour of my sewing machine this week. However...
... I did manage to finish off this little project! 
Can this count for KCW? Please?

I'm trying to be a bit savvy about sewing and fabric. So when I saw a pretty embroidered pillowcase in a local charity shop for 20p (!) I grabbed it.
It's fine cotton in the softest blue almost lilac colour. And the circles on the hem were striking. So I cut it up and set about making  a nightdress for Missy.

The pattern is another 'make-it-up-as-you-go'. It's very loosely based on a Burda blouse pattern (bodices flipped round to create a back opening) and the modified square neckline as already seen in the Sunshine blouse and the Secret Squirrel July outfit. 

The bodice is lined with a finely striped old cot sheet. And the back opening and yoke are, of course, piped! Could not resist a little piping. I self drafted 'flutter sleeves' but they're not very fluttery. Still live and learn...And added broidery anglaise to the hem.


 I really love this little night dress. It's so simple and pretty and a little vintage. And I love the fact that it cost me all of 20 pence! 

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  1. I'm with you, converting a pretty pillowcase into a child's dress / shirt / or nightdress is just too wonderful! I've done it a bunch now & love how they look & the fabric is usually so soft too. I love your project. Have fun in NYC with your brother.

  2. Oh it is beautiful Victoria :) You are very creative changing patterns and drafting patterns. Love the piping detail :) I hope you will have a lot of fun in NY :)

  3. So pretty!
    Such an impressive nightdress, love all the tiny details and, of course, the "price tag" :)

  4. Lovely, just so pretty, and how incredibly inventive!


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