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Nursing Nightgown

So, here's something I've never made before. A nursing nightgown. And there's always a special feeling attached to accomplishing a garment we've never tried before, isn't it? 

I already had two nursing friendly nightgowns to add to the maternity bag I have to carry to the hospital, but I thought a third would be pretty good. Besides, I know I'll spend my baby's first week, pretty much wearing nightgowns only. So, it was worth giving it a try and make myself a new one. 

And all I spent on it was 1,45€ (elastic and "clips" - don't really know the proper name for them). I was able to re-use what I already had once again. I used a baggy nightgown that I got in that huge pile of clothes I just blogged about a few days ago. The print was awesone, and it was made of a 100% cotton knit, so it was perfect for what I wanted. 

I didn't use a pattern. One of the other nightgowns I said I already had, was used to help me cut the new pieces. I sort of drafted the pattern for the chest part though, because I wanted it to work just right. I used 2,5cm wide elastic as bias and it worked just great. I had the elastic in my stash, but since I used pretty much the whole thing, I bought some more to replace it, if I hadn't it wouldn't cost 1,45€ but 0,50€ only. That's a good thing! 

The straps are a little darker than the elastic because they were reused from an old bra I wasn't using anymore. And, the two other changes I made, was adding a pleat in the front to allow for the belly... we all know it doesn't just dissapear after a baby is delivered, right?! 

And, I shortened it a bit, doing a new hem.I would keep the original one, I liked it, but there was a hole close to the hem, and I was forced to cut it a bit. It wasn't much though and it still is a modest gown I can wear in public (read: hospital). So, it is already packed in my bag and waiting for the day this little boy decides it's time to meet the world outside. 


  1. E eu quando dizia vestido era mesmo essa a finalidade, faz-me confusão chamar camisa de noite a algo que em nada se assemelha a uma camisa e como tu sabes é roupa que usamos muito nas 1ªs semanas seja de dia ou de noite LOL E sim, reparei logo no outro blog a imagem ;o) Beijinhos

    1. lol... pois, assim sendo acertaste! Eu calculei, pois apesar de estar em baixo na outra foto, dá para perceber o padrão. Beijinhos

  2. I am really enjoying your nesting time! (do they call it that where you are from? When mums-to-be do all sorts of creative things in few weeks before the baby comes?) I think I was busy sewing when my son was taking his time to come. Some little nightgowns for him in hospital, etc. I got an extra little quilt made in the few days he was over due.
    Sandy in the UK

  3. I love this nightgown! I would love to try to make one, I know I need SOMETHING since I'm nursing pretty much non-stop.

  4. Wow!! I love this! I've never used fold-over-elastic but this makes me think I for sure need to give it a try. What a great print, too :)

    1. Thanks Rebecca! It's not fold over elastic, it is a wide regular one that I've folded to use as bias. I was so happy that I could have the original piece because of that print. =D

  5. You did such a great job! This is so beautiful while still practical.
    I love it!

  6. This is so pretty! I love it! Thanks for linking up with Tuesday Sews at PiePie Designs!

  7. Adoro! Confesso que nunca me atreveria a fazer uma coisa destas... parece bem complicado! :-)
    Esta espectacular!!!

    1. Obrigado! Até ter experimentado fazer, tb achei que era muito complicado, mas não, nada disso, até é bem fácil de fazer. Ainda bem que o tentei porque fiquei muito satisfeita com o resultado.

  8. Such a clever idea! Great job!

    1. Thank you! You know how it is... why should you buy it if you can always try to make it?!


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