Cheshire Melanie Nightgown

Friday, November 4, 2016

When I was contacted by Sash Fabrics to review some fabric, I didn't know what would arrive in the mail. I was greeted with this nearly glow in the dark Cheshire print. In walks Avery, who immediately requested a nightgown. Done! 

Avery is not at all familiar with Alice in Wonderland. I actually haven't let my girls watch it yet, because I remember being a little traumatized by it as a child. She is, however, drawn to these bright colors and silly cat images. She also loves asking the household which is their favorite cat. The cotton/spandex is a great quality. I didn't notice the least bit of fading after washing either. Be sure to join the Sash Fabrics Facebook Group to keep up with the latest rounds of fabric releases. Pre-orders are offered through the Facebook Group and retail orders are offered on the main website

For the pattern, I went with the Modkid Melanie dress with a couple alterations. First, I omitted the pockets. Then, I simply added a wide ruffle at the bottom, since we like our nightgowns long. This ensures longer wear too! I'm continuing my streak of never using an actual pajama pattern for pajamas!

The pattern does not call for a banded neckline, and for the first time I stayed true to those instructions. This is just a folded under neckline with a twin needle topstitch. Turns out I like it more than I expected! The original version had long sleeves, but during my fit check, Avery insisted on my shortening them. The elbow length turned out to be just right.

I received a bunch of Patty Young's older knit designs from my super generous friend, Jenny. I couldn't believe what a great pairing it made with the Cheshire fabric!

This project challenged me to work a little out of my comfort zone, and the result is one happy kiddo. Avery has worn her nightgown the past two nights in a row. Now she just needs a slumber party!
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