If there is one thing that little girls like to do with their dolls, it is to dress them for bed and put them to sleep. The dolls in your life will have sweet dreams with a flowing nightgown you make yourself with this easy PDF sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat! Use this simple pattern hack to the Bloomer Buddies PDF sewing pattern to Step it Up!
First, you need the Oh Sew Kat! Bloomer Buddies pattern. It’s available in three sizes where Oh Sew Kat! patterns are sold. Print out the pieces for the dress with short sleeves.
You will need to make a few minor adjustments to the pattern pieces. You may be able to lengthen the pieces on the original printout, or you may need to cut it out and then tape it to a fresh sheet of paper first, depending on the size doll you are sewing for.
Using the short sleeve pattern piece, and THIS TUTORIAL, add 3 1/2 inches to the length of the sleeve. Measure down from the side edge, not the center, and draw your new sleeve hem edge straight across, not curved. For this 18 inch doll nightgown, I lengthened my sleeve by 3 1/2 inches, and used a 3/8th hem/elastic casing. You will need 4 inches of 1/4th inch elastic for the wrist.
Add 1 inch to the front and back pieces length, below the dress length line to make a floor length nightgown.
Cut a ruffle so the nightgown will reach the floor. I cut mine at 3 inches by 44 inches. It can be anywhere from 33-44 inches long, depending how full you want your ruffle.
Follow the pattern directions as written, adding 4 inches of 1/4th inch elastic into the sleeve hem when you hem it, and gathering and attaching the ruffle to the hem before you stitch up the back. It’s easier to hem the ruffle before you attach it to the nightgown.