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From: temom
Date: 02-01-2007, 02:41 PM (1 of 6)
My little one wants me to make a night gown out of flannel. The pattern I have has different options, including a ruffle at the bottom. Is there any reason why I shouldn't make it out of flannel? The pattern pic shows the ruffle in a contrasting color, that is all I know. By the way, I'm looking forward to trying out gathers/ruffles on my new serger.
User: temom
Member since: 01-19-2007
Total posts: 410
From: Pudge99
Date: 02-01-2007, 03:08 PM (2 of 6)
I've done it with no problems.
Pictures of my successes and failures
Pfaff 2040
Janome Mylock 134D
Singer Futura CE-100 w/ Autopunch
Husqvarna Viking 3D Sketch
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Member since: 10-30-2001
Total posts: 1375
From: sewmuchfun
Date: 02-01-2007, 03:09 PM (3 of 6)
I would make it out of the flannel. cotton would be too rough unless you get combed cotton then it would be too thin


User: sewmuchfun
Member since: 07-22-2005
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From: Debby215
Date: 02-01-2007, 07:01 PM (4 of 6)
Hi Temom, flannel ruffles quite nicely. I have made many flannel nighties with ruffles. Make sure you make 2 rows of long stitches to gather in case one happens to break. Good luck and have fun!!:bg:
So much fabric....... So little time!!
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Member since: 11-14-2001
Total posts: 611
From: temom
Date: 02-01-2007, 08:17 PM (5 of 6)
Thanks, everyone. I'll let you know how it goes.
User: temom
Member since: 01-19-2007
Total posts: 410
From: temom
Date: 02-07-2007, 10:17 PM (6 of 6)
Well I finished it several days ago. It was one of those patterns from hades. I don't have any idea why I didn't pick up on this, but it has velcro closures as the shoulder seams. My kiddo can't do these herself. I keep thinking I'll go back and see if that is even indicated on the pattern envelope. Anyway, I chose view "D" for the nightie. The directions skipped the sleeves for D, so I just followed the directions for the sleeves for ab&C.
but on the other sleeves it had no indication that it would need to be eased. Well I eased away and was quite proud how well that came out. The next oddity was the direction to sew the side seams of the sleeves and then hem the sleeve. Now this was a little girl's size 4, and the sleeve openings at the wrist are teeny tiny, and wouldn't fit the free-arm of my machine. So I sewed slow and carefully so I wouldn't catch any other parts of the sleeve.
And lastly, the bottom sides of the nightie scoop up -hey, that is cute, except that you sew the complete side seam, then attach the completed ruffle that has already been sewed into a circle. It would have been much easier to do the ruffles in 2 pieces (it actually was 2 pieces before they told me to sew it together), and attach it as I sewed the side seam. Those were the odd things, and I also had serious issues with the way the velcro was to attach. Fortunately I worked something out through trial and error. My seam ripper and I are very good friends.!
My daughter is quite happy with her nightie, but I seriously doubt I will make it again, as I think the shoulder velcro is too hard for a small child to manipulate. She is big enough to dress herself, but too small to manipulate the velcro in that position. I guess she won't wear this nightie when she is in a bad mood - she won't want to ask for help!
So I guess it is a success in that it was finished and the child likes it.
User: temom
Member since: 01-19-2007
Total posts: 410
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