A few years ago, in one of my many attempts to burn through stash, I sewed a summer nightgown from green nylon tricot . (Why I had nylon tricot in my stash is a puzzle in itself.) Though I’ve worn it plenty, this nightgown was never my first choice for sleepwear.
In the first place, Kwik Sew patterns (like Marcy Tilton’s Vogue patterns) never fit me properly in the shoulders despite any adoration I may feel for the pattern illustration. Is it shoulder angle, width or what? I don’t know and have seldom been able to arrive at any satisfactory result.
Most condemning, this nightgown was made from nylon–nylon–tricot. Calling it hot and sticky in July is an understatement.
This spring I decided to replace it with a cooler version. I wanted a thin fabric that draped and chose rayon jersey. I found a couple of rayon/lycra blends at Fabric dot com and ordered them. Considering my patterns, I bypassed Kwik Sew 3342 in favor of TSW Ann’s Tank. I love the fit of that and knew I could lengthen it a bit and have a great nightgown.
I added seven inches to the length and redrew the side seam straight down from the hip, eliminating the side drape. I made the pink one first:
After a sleep test, I decided that although this fabric does not have good recovery, the nightgown pattern is a winner. The only problem was that the hemline didn’t hang exactly right. I had cut it straight across after lengthening, and the resulting garment still had a tiny drape at the side seams.
Happy I didn’t sew my favorite fabric first! I curved the pattern’s hemline a bit and commenced sewing version 2:
These were almost instant sewing gratification. I made the second one from cutting to closet in less than an hour and a half.
This last one has not had a sleep test, but the fabric seems to have better recovery. If the washing machine and dryer don’t return the first one to it’s original shape, I’ll be shopping for more rayon/lycra jersey.
You know that won’t offend me at all!