I think photos of yourself in a nightgown is probably the third most awkward thing to post on the internet, behind underwear and swimsuits. Or maybe closeup shots of your clothes-fitting woes bumps it down to fourth place? (Awkward in that I feel weird and self-conscious doing it. I wish I was a sewing body-positive rockstar, but I am still working my way there.) Family life has kept me from sewing much of anything worth sharing lately, and now is a good as time as any to share this project.
(barefoot and not pregnant)
I thought Megan Neilson’s Pina maternity dress would make for a flirty, but not embarrassing for my children and yet still practical for nursing, nightgown. Then this blue leopard print caught my eye in the clearance fabric bin. I was a HUGE leopard print girl in my college years and I kinda miss it? Pairing up the leopard print with the saucy plunging neckline of the Pina was so obvious I couldn’t not sew it.
Fabric: Blue leopard print polyester jersey from JoAnn’s (discontinued)
Pattern: Megan Nielson’s Pina Dress & Top
Size/Adjustments: XL, with a total of 6 inches in width and 2 inches to length to the skirt
The only problem with this nightgown is that the “V” of the neckline turned out wide as well as deep. Good for “flirty”, not so good for “not embarrassing for my children”. I chose the “correct” size for my (42″) bust measurement, but I think I still needed some more width in the front. When I do sew this again (which I fully intend to, I think this is a lovely and easy dress pattern), I will do what is known as a FBA, a full bust adjustment, and give myself a little more coverage in the front bodice. [My girl Leila, queen of the FBA, has a great list of FBA resources.]
Have you sewn yourself a pretty nightgown? Or do you have any nightgowns on your “Want to Sew” list? Let’s see some links in the comments!