September 27, 2013

Sew: Liberty Knit Nightie (McCalls 6559)

I like to wear nighties that can double as a dress. Not that I usually wear it as a dress but it is very handy when travelling or hanging around at home to have a nightie that doesn't scream "Oh my, she's still in her nightie!!" if you happen to answer the door or pop out of the hotel room to check the laundry. Just throw on a cardigan and a pair of ballet flats and you're somewhat respectable.

I bought this fabric to make a dress for work but when it arrived it was too pale and quite lightweight. I tried to give it to my mum but she said it would make a great nightie. So being the good daughter that I am, I followed her advice. I used my trusty McCalls 6559 maxi dress pattern ignoring the instructions and used 5cm bands to finish the neck and arm holes. I overlocked and topstitched them like a t-shirt, rather than turning to the inside (like my stripe dress), to provide more coverage.

Project Details
Pattern: McCalls 6559 maxi dress
Fabric: Liberty knit from Shaukat (similar to this one)

The combination of this light and drapey Liberty knit with a simple dress pattern creates a beautiful and super comfortable nightie.

L x


  1. That makes perfect sense when you're travelling. Brilliant.

  2. This is a brilliant idea! Absolutely any time I leave my PJs on later than usual, someone will come knock on the front door and need me for something.... this is the answer!


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