Projects

Maternity Nightgown

Created By:

Milinda Stephenson of Milinda Sews

Skill Level: Intermediate

Milinda Stephenson created a gorgeous nightgown using her Janome Skyline S7 and Elna 745 serger. It is easy to create and makes beautiful photographs. This image was taken by The Carrs Photography in Dayton, Ohio. 

Milinda's beautiful nightgown takes about 20 minutes to sew. Simply gather two yards of sheer fabric and attach to a sports bra.

Janome Supplies Required
  • Sports bra
  • Two yards of sheer fabric
Instructions

Bodice:

  • Purchase a sports bra in the proper size for the mom-to-be you are making the gown for.

Skirt:

  • Measure around the largest part of your mom-to-be's belly and multiply by two. This will be the width of fabric you will need.
  • You can make the gown as long or short as you wish, simply measure from the bottom of the sports bra (your mom-to-be needs to have it on) to below the knee or ankles. Add one inch and you are ready to sew.

To Sew the Skirt Section:

  • Lay out the fabric and fold in half to create a back seam.
  • Serge or sew the skirt's single back seam. You've now created a tube with the sheer fabric.

To Attach the Skirt to the Sports Bra:

  • Choose the stretch stitch on your machine (it looks like a miniature zig-zag).
  • Turn the sports bra inside out.
  • Find the back center of the elastic bottom of the sports bra front and mark.
  • Mark the center front of your fabric tube and pin to the center front of the sports bra.
  • Find the back seam of your fabric tube and pin the top of the seam to the center back of the sports bra.
  • Beginning at the back center mark, sew the sheer fabric to the bottom of the sports bra, stretching the bra elastic as much as possible as you sew. Continue all the way around, checking the fabric amount as you go. You may need to do a little tucking as you go to make the fabric even on both sides of the center marks. That is okay since the sheer material is very forgiving and will fall beautifully regardless.

To Hem the Night Gown:

  • Either serge around the bottom using your rolled hem stitch or narrow hem with the sewing machine.
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Reviews


Tako
Beautiful
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

cpindzola
Around the Table Dresden Placemats
Saturday, December 17, 2016

I like the concept, but the directions are "sloppy." Nowhere in the supply list does it mention the felt or the batting (how much?). Also, I would never use a high loft batting in a placemat, or a table runner, as I think that it would be too unstable for a glass. The next time I make these, I will cut out the batting (I use flannel) and spray baste it to the wrong side of the Dresden plate before I put the Dresden plate on the felt to cut out. I have not yet washed the finished placemat, and am hoping that the single layer of felt does not curl up, or become distorted after washing/drying.
Txmaid
Fun Great Gift!
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

MargieARK
Teatime Quilted Tablecloth
Friday, February 24, 2017

I made this today but your cutting directions need to be changed. You only need 4 of color 1 and color 3 4.5 squares for the triangles. Also the inner border, you only need 2 cuts as WOF is long enough to cut each in half to fit the sides.
MickelSews
Great Machine
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

I've had this machine for only a week now. I bought it used from a lady who makes her own clothes, but she no longer needed the machine. During the purchase, she noted that she is almost sad that it's better to give it away because of how well the machine performed. (I also bought it along side a computerized machine of another brand.} She demoed the machine for us, showing it worked and gave us everything (including the box it came in!) She took amazing care of this machine. I have used it a few times now, and the directions for threading were easy to follow (albeit my hands are quite large so the lower looper was a pain, but that is no fault to the machine or brand.) And I recommend this machine to anyone who wants to learn to serge and wants a machine that can grow with them. I will happily use this machine time and time again.
rvstan
S9 Review
Sunday, February 25, 2018

I love, love, love my S9! It's sews and embroiders beautifully and it's simplicity of use amazes me. I would recommend this machine for both a beginner and an experienced seamstress. If I would ask anything of Janome it would be to upgrade the programming to run a larger hoop size. I understand that it can't get much wider but there is most definitely room for it to go longer. That is the only limitation of this machine.
pjmnana
PJMNana
Monday, February 26, 2018

I purchased a Memorycraft 15000 a few years ago and it was the best purchase I ever made! This machine can do just about anything you would would ever want! I love the capability of using the Acuedit app to set up my embroidery pattern on my Ipad and then download it to the machine! I love how my embroidery looks upon completion and I love all the good lighting it has to light up your workspace. That way you don’t need to worry about where to set up your machine. It also has plenty of room to do machine embroidery on any size quilts! There are many decorative stitches from which to choose that are outstanding! It’s hard to choose which one to use! There are so many great features it is hard to decide what I love the most. If you want to buy only one machine to last a lifetime, I would recommend this one!

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