January 11, 2012

Pattern Review: Simplicity 5382

When looking for a pattern for a girls nightgown I came across Simplicity 5382. I really wanted a somewhat old fashioned nightgown for the girls, and I absolutely love the options for this one.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Surprisingly, it did. I don't say that because my things turn out horrible or anything, but most of the time the drawings on the front don't seem very realistic to me (maybe I have issues with the artwork of it...).

Written Instructions:
Everything was very clear. There were also plenty of picture throughout each portion.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  

First of all, I only paid one dollar for it, so it's fantastic just for that. But really, the best part about this pattern for me is that it has short or long sleeves and separates options. The pattern pieces are the same with just different cutting lines for the sleeve/pant lengths, which means I only have to transfer the piece once to thicker paper and can use it for a few seasons. There will be some summery nightgowns this year for sure!

Fabric Used:

I decided to use flannel backed satin since for some reason I had some, and 2 yards of 2 prints is quite a lot of some. I can guarantee that I will not be making nightgowns with flannel backed satin again. Maybe pajama pants, but that's about it. It was not fun to work with: didn't ruffle well and didn't stay lined up well even with pinning.

Level Of Difficulty:  
Beginner to Intermediate (depends on how much details you're adding).
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: 
I hemmed the bottom about an inch shorter for my 2 1/2 year old since I made a size 3 for her, I wanted to be sure she wouldn't trip up the stairs. Also, instead of making a loop for the button at the end, on the second one I used some elastic cord (like the kind that holds shoes in pairs when you buy them). Tie a knot, them sew it in on the step when you're sewing the ends of the yoke together.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? 
Yes, I would sew it again. I love how it turned out and both my girls really like them. The next ones I plan to make will definitely be with either some linen or eyelet that I was gifted this last summer. Can't wait. Definitely recommend this pattern.

This pattern is good for a beginner, not very complicate and you can omit all trims to make it more simple. The nightgown itself is very comfortable (from what I've been told), and keeps the girls nice and warm with the fabric I used. It is also loose enough for them to play in and not rip it.

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