June 15, 2023 6 Comments on 224 Beautiful Dreamer for my mother
When we brought 224 Beautiful Dreamer back into print, I thought about how I might use this pattern in my own life. I don't tend to wear nightgowns anymore, though I absolutely love the idea of them and have several in my drawer. They are so romantic and beautiful, not to mention comfortable. Unfortunately, I can be a restless sleeper and my tossing and turning can make a nightgown wind around me like a towel being twisted.
But I know my mother loves a good nightgown and Mother's Day was coming up. This pattern fits all the categories for what she likes in a nightgown - wide enough to move easily and freely, long sleeves to be warm, and long enough to be below the knees. I had a beautiful teal linen in stock and I wanted to try View B with the ruffles and collar, but I wanted a little bit of a change of color for the ruffles so used a light tan color for the ruffles.
I made a couple of changes to the pattern when I made this gown. First, View B is the longest view, at ankle length (for 5'6" person). I knew she would not really like an ankle-length gown, so I shortened it by about 9 inches. I also made the neckline without the buttoned placket. While the button placket is great for people with mobility issues or anyone who want an easier in-and-out, it was not necessary for her AND I also wanted a quicker sewing project.
This pattern takes a lot of fabric, but shortening the gown by 9" did save a lot of fabric (close to 1.5 yards). I also got creative with pattern piece placement. I made a size XL. One of the things I really like about this pattern is that the sizing fits a lot of different bodies. The XL fit my thin tall daughter (measures XS) quite well and it also fit her friend very well who measures in the larger end of our XL range. So if you are making this for someone else and don't have their measurements, you can guess to get close and you will likely be fine.
The instructions and illustrations are easy to understand. My only tips are to be sure to mark the pleat lines (fold lines and stitching lines - stitching lines are most important) well. And to take a little time with the ruffles. To get good looking ruffles, be sure to use two lines of gathering stitches. I like one in the seam allowance (about 3/8" from edge) and one just outside the seam allowance (about 5/8"). This helps shape the ruffle really well.
My mom LOVES her new nightgown and was so happy to get a new nightgown in a beautiful color she likes. And I'm always glad to sew things for people I love - and a major bonus when they like them! Are you going to try the 224 Beautiful Dreamer pattern?