I saw this colourful and lightweight striped cotton at Fabricland and just couldn't resist it. I knew I had to make a summer nightgown out of it, and used one of the many vintage patterns I had laying around, Butterick 3559. I made view B, short with flutter sleeves.

The pattern calls for lace as the yoke and shoulder strap pieces but seeing as I didn't have any, and prefer no scratchiness, I just cut the pieces from the fabric as well. Originally I thought of doubling up those pieces so I could self-line the yoke to finish the edges, but in the end I just used a very lightweight vintage percale bias binding in a lovely shade of green to finish the neckline all the way around. That little splash of green makes me happy :)

It worked nicely and was a quick sew; the yoke was the only "difficult" part, compared to the gathered rectangular sewing in the rest.... [read more]