Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Granny Gown Reconstruction

As a homemaker, I'm always looking for ways to recycle and re-purpose things around the house. 

This nightgown was a gift from my sister.  While it was perfectly comfortable, I just never found myself wearing it.  Maybe it just seemed to dowdy - which isn't how I see myself at all :)
I thought back to those babydoll nighties from the 50's and 60's and figured I'd turn it into a project and see what I could make of it.

I started by taking about 24" off the bottom with the intention of using the leftover fabric to make a ruffled hem.  I realized that I did not have enough fabric to make the ruffle I wanted but I did have enough to make a pair of matching bloomers!

I've since determined that the sleeves have to go.  I think it would look so much cuter either sleeveless or with little cap sleeves.

This is what it started as
My inspiration:  Screen shot from "Bye Bye Birdie"

Here it is finished with matching bloomers!


  1. This little set is remarkably cute, such a wonderful job! Well done you! I'm in the process of making something very similar myself at the moment in purple gingham, I just have the bloomers to finish.

    Thank you for your comment on my blog by the way and for saying such a nice thing about my blog x

    1. Your set sounds adorable :)
      Good luck with the bloomers. Personally, I was surprised at the amount of fabric they required. Definitely the most time consuming part of the project.

    2. Thank you! My top has short sleeves and only recently did I figure out the pattern to the bloomers, it made absolutely no sense and they sat in my unfinished pile for over a year before it suddenly clicked. Of course, I now need to sew them!

      Did you use a pattern for yours or did you self draft one?

      Melanie x

    3. Hi Melanie,
      I've since taken the sleeves off mine but haven't gotten around to finishing it yet. I'm torn between adding them back as short puff sleeves or just leaving it sleeveless.
      I adapted my pattern for the bloomers from a panty pattern I found online. Because the fabric doesn't stretch I had to increase the size a bit but i'm happy with the way they came out. Good luck with yours.

  2. That's very cute! Great job!