Every so often, Burda has translation troubles. This garment is not a camisole, whatever Burda thinks. 11-2009-133
Initially, this was intended to be a nightdress, as I am still on my pyjama addiction, but once I had made it in a dark printed voile from Spotlight (2007 - remnant from sarong)and modeled it for my family, it was pronounced a housedress. I think it is the subtropical verion of lounge wear. You could wear it to bed, but you are just as likely to wear it around the house, although you should probably not wear it to the supermarket.
This was so quick and easy, that I made another one.
Both of these housedresses are lined in the bodice with a solid fabric - purple cotton voile for the blue print, and cream silk/cotton voile for the brown and white print, so as to prevent pattern blur where the lining shows through the lightweight fabric.
I cut the skirts on the bias, just like it told me to in the pattern, and even doing this, I managed rolled hems. I pat myself on the back a few times for this.
However, I was due for a downfall.
I cut out a nightdress from crinkle silk chiffon. I found this a very tricky to manage.
I self lined the bodice, and made french seams throughout. I hand sewed the casing at the top of the bodice, as I didn't think I could manage buttonholes in silk chiffon, and applied lingerie elastic lace at the empire waist seam just as the pattern suggested. It looked absolutely hideous. Elastic at the empire waist gave a terrible droopy bust look to the garment, and the crinkle chiffon skirt hung like a dish rag. This was most disappointing after all that handsewing. I could not just throw this project in the bin though, as the fabric was a gift from my husband, and I have been rather slow in sewing it up, as he bought it for me in January 2009.
I chopped the nightdress back to camisole length, and tried my rolled hem foot again. Nothing doing, crinkle silk chiffon does not like the rolled hem, or the presser foot. The bobbin case on my Janome is now sparkling clean. Silk chiffon makes a fabulous cleaning rag.
Crinkle silk chiffon wants to be hand sewn. I ignored this and after chopping off some mangled almost hem, added a wide lace border, pieced from my scrap box. It is attached with zig zag stitch.
The remainder of the nightie turned into li ngerie shorts. I was not happy with the invisible fabric (my son's description), so made a liner pair of shorts from cotton/silk voile. The hem is my overlocker's rolled hem, with the crinkles stretched out to make a lettuce hem. I like this better than hand sewing crinkle silk chiffon.
I am over pyjamas again.