|Before: very long men's nightgown|
|Before: the back|
In the spirit of Christmas, I decided to jazz this nightgown up a bit in a Christmas theme just in time for Christmas dinner. First I cut it straight up the middle. Then I cut about a foot off of the bottom and hemmed it.
|Hasta la vista length!|
Next I cut, folded, and pinned down the collar on the inside of the neck so it would lay flat. I sewed around the new neckline and cut off the excess collar material.
|Inside the new neckline|
|Pinned and pleated|
|Closer up view of the back pleats|
Next, I took a seam ripper to the strip around the sleeves.
|So long GB|
I wanted to cover up the insignia, so I decided to go all out Santa on this piece. I found these off-white fluffy socks at the dollar store that I thought would work well for the sleeve cuffs.
|I love these kinds of socks on cold days : )|
I cut them in half long ways to have enough material to wrap around the sleeves, pinned them onto the sleeve to measure the length, then sewed the ends closed.
|Pinned to the sleeve|
Then I sewed the fluffy sock onto the sleeve itself at both ends. The cut sides of this sock shed so much that the lint roller and I were best friends by the end of this project.
|Shedding like crazy|
I picked up this awesome gold and red velvet holiday ribbon for 70% off at Michael's that I used for the trim. My sewing machine didn't like this ribbon, and I spent a good while un-jamming it from inside.
I lined the sleeves to cover the edges of the frayed sock and sewed it on.
|Pinned and ready to sew. More festive, no?|
Then used the same ribbon to line the two sides down the front of the piece and sewed it on.
I had been baking Christmas treats for nearly 3 days straight and didn't have any time to work on this piece, but I wanted to have it done before going to visit my mom. I was so eager and excited to finish this piece that I literally stayed up until 6:30am working on it. Since I was turning it into a jacket (surprise!), I needed something with which to keep it closed, but I didn't have any buttons that seemed to suit the style, so I improvised and sewed on some of the gold ribbon right over the front pleats to hide the pleat seams and keep the jacket closed.
|After: It's straight Santa up in here!|
|After: from the back (the collar is the shirt I had underneath) |
|Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!|
I also made the outfit I have underneath, but I'll save that for tomorrow's post ;) Until then, enjoy last minute holiday shopping, baking, gift wrapping, and all else the holiday brings! And if you're grieving, may God's peace, comfort, and joy be with you this Christmas. Blessings to you and yours.