This one has been in the works forever. I've had the test bodice lying around for months!
It was a nice change to do sleepwear because I figure you don't have to worry if you mess it up a little since no-one will really see.. but it did turn out pretty well after all :)
|Sorry, I ain't modeling sleepwear on the internet! :)|
According to the packet I was size 6 bust and size 12 waist and hips. But now I’m wise to how much extra ease they stick in, I tested a size 4 bodice. And it was too big(!)... I took 4.7cm (1.9 inches) out of the width of the back. (I also did a whole lot of maths figuring out if I take x out of the elastic in the back, how much I should proportionately take out of the bodice back.. wow, I’m boring myself talking about it! Turns out it was a bit pointless since the difference was about .5cm). When sewing it together I realised I forgot to alter the back pattern piece to match! Whoops... I just gathered in the extra width. You can’t tell because the drawstring gives it a gathered look anyway :)
I also tapered out the size 4 out to a size 8 at waist and 10 at the hip.
The instructions were a bit bad in one place - telling me to finish the armhole with a narrow hem. Well I found out narrow hems and armholes don’t mix:
....so I turned to the fine folks at pattern review and they helped me out! Thanks! I ended up using bias tape to finish the edges which was a new skill I learnt :)
|New non- hideous armhole|
|Ooh! Bias tape-y!|
I liked how it turned out pretty cute. It did seem like quite an effort just to make sleepwear though! I’m sure I’ll get faster however. I definitely came across a few beginner hurdles here.
Okay, I've gone on about it long enough- have a shot of the bodice. I really like the lace!
And... just one more okay? Promise this is the last :) I just loved the cute print so have a close-up:
Now there's just one test in store for it- to see if it can handle my crazy sleeping!