Sunday, 2 January 2011

Nightie BurdaStyle 11-2009-134

My purple phase has not run out yet. Whilst sorting out mysterious fabric piles in order to move into my sewing room, where there are about to be cabinets (exciting hand made present from my husband), I came across a silk satin fabric remnant, that I bought last January at Gardams, Indooropilly. It cost $30. I know this because the label was stapled firmly to the top of the piece, leaving marks. :(. This was a truly serendipitous find, because not only were the sewing machine and overlocker already set up with purple thread, but the silk satin is exactly the same shade as the silk-cotton batiste I was sewing with yesterday.
This allowed me to squeeze a nightie out of a scant 90cm of the silk satin.
I used BurdaStyle 11-2009-134, of which I have made many versions, with a few tweaks. First I did not cut the skirt on the bias, not having enough fabric. Second, I sewed a strip of the batiste to the hem of the skirt, to make it more nightie and less camisole.
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I used a 3 thread rolled hem on the overlocker for this seam, having just read this technique in an old Australian Stitches magazine (vol #15 issue#9 - this is what I do when sorting out my sewing stuff, read old magazines instead of tidying...)
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It turned out really well, with no visible seam allowance through the sheer batiste. I think this fabric shortage prompted feature looks planned, and am feeling rather clever in consequence. I have left the selvage as the hem, as the batiste is pre washed, and the selvage has not shrunk at all. My other fiddling designing
idea was to use the bias strip finishing the armscye as the central loop of a bow.I have been lining the bodice of all the other nightie/camisoles from this pattern, but did not do so for this version, just turned over the top to make a casing as is described in the pattern. I used the 3 thread rolled hem to finish all the edge seams before sewing, other than the vertical seams, for which I used French seams.
This is very luxurious. I have not used silk satin for lingerie previously, but am now thinking it is worthwhile.
I did not find any more summer weight purple fabric, so will have to change colours for my next project. It is my last day of holidays tomorrow, so I have big sewing plans.

15 comments:

Sharon said...

How luxurious a silk satin nightie and your addition of the silk-cotton batiste is seeamless, need to dig out that Issue of Stitches.

Your DH is another keeper, I've seen his hand work before and it is stunning and cabinets how wonderful.

Gardams said...

Your nightie looks great, and a wonderful colour, once you have a silk satin nightie you'll never go back though.If you can get that out of 90cm keep a check on the remnant bin you never know what you'll find.

Ruthie said...

Oh that's really lovely. And I am very pleased you got to use the purple thread on the machines one last time. I SO understand that part!

velosewer said...

It's great. Glad you found it and completed it. Love the depth of colour.

KID, MD said...

That is gorgeous! I bet dh appreciates it, too.

shams said...

Lovely! I love that batiste detail at the hem. I really like your purple capsule wardrobe!

Audrey said...

Lovely silk nightgown. I really like the silk cotton batiste used as trim. Even though it is the same color as the silk, the non shiney texture provides a classy looking contrast.

Ruthie said...

Here's a whole purple collection from 'East' http://www.east.co.uk/store/Collections/Lavender+Hill/?pagesize=91

Jane M said...

I am in love with this beautiful nightie! Serendipity is right. The purple silk and batiste combo is so luxurious.

Mae said...

Can we have a check-in for Aussie sewists? I'm in Cairns, and we haven't flooded. We cancelled our trip to Townsville to visit the rellies due to flooding in Ingham (between Cairns and Townsville). How is everyone else? PS I love Gardam's. My work occasionally takes me to Brisbane and I always go to Gardam's in the city. I bought some gorgeous cotton voile with a watercolor type print of tropical foliage and flowers, too beautiful to cut! I've made 2 cotton voile sundresses (my own pattern, very Betty Draper) as "wearable muslins" for the Gorgeous Gardam's dress, and now I need to just do it. Three dresses in this style will be enough!

Carolyn said...

Beautiful and luxurious. This will be a dream to wear!
I often plan successive projects so as to minimise changing the overlocker thread too. Then my sweet daughter comes along with her own projects and, while my back is turned, changes all the threads. Often halfway through my own projects, even. Grrr...!

In response to Mae's checkin in the last comment, I'd just like to mention that Perth has had no rain ... for months. We are in our worst drought ever.

Sue said...

Your purple run has been very productive. A pretty nightie is high on my to-sew list and I love the one you made, esp with the batiste hem.

Sue said...

Oh and now that I have read the other comments - Mae I am in Toowoomba and it is wet! Just spoken to my BIL whose Mum lives in Gayndah - the water was lapping at the back door, they were lucky!

The Slapdash Sewist said...

The hem strip in the batiste is a great addition. Love your luxurious nightie.

emadethis said...

Holy cats! It's beautiful!! It must be marvelous to sleep in. I say go with the purple--it's such a great color for you.

~Elizabeth