Sew all seam at 3/8″. Cotton or flannel are recommended for this project.
You will need a closure for the neck. Snaps, buttons, or hook and eyes are recommended.
Print the Pattern:
Download and print the pattern actual size. For directions to do this, click here. Tape the pieces together at the shaded areas as directed. The hash lines will mostly match up.
Sew the bodice front to the bodice back at the shoulders.
Unfold and press the bodice pieces at the shoulders. Place the bodice pieces right sides together and sew as directed in the picture below.
Slash the curves and snip the corners. Turn right side out and press.
Attach the front skirt:
The front of the dress is ruffled, which can be tricky for beginners. There are many methods to apply gathers; here is just one way to do it. Use whatever method is most comfortable for you.
I like to start by folding the skirt into fourths.
Pin each end to the outside of the bodice. Use the crease in the middle to use as a guide to pin to the middle of the bodice. Continue to use creases to pin to the middle of the area between pins.
Sew the skirt to the bodice.
Sew the back of the skirt at the center seam to the black dot indicated on the pattern.
Unfold the back pieces and press the seam open. Top sew the opening at the waistline.
With right sides facing, gather the skirt and sew to the appropriate side of the bodice back.
Attach the sleeve:
Fold the sleeve piece in half and trim, if necessary, to make it symmetrical.
Pin each end of the sleeve to the waistline seam of the bodice. Gather the fabric along the shoulder seam and sew. Fold the selvage at the underarm area to the wrong side and sew into place.
Match up the underarms and sew the sides of the nightshirt.
Fold up the hem and sew into place. I used a 1/2″ hem, but adjust the length of yours to your doll.
Apply a closure to the back of the neck.