Recently I had the privilege to sew up this sweet little sleep gown for a friend who is expecting a baby this winter.
It was a fun project to take on! She wanted to use the gown in photos announcing the baby's name (don't worry I'm not spoiling!:) ), isn't that a neat idea!?!
To make the gown I started with a Carter's long sleeved onesie and cut off the bottom portion. Then I simply cut a rectangle 14 1/2" long x width of the knit fabric. I made a casing for 1/4" elastic at the bottom, and gathered the top. I left the top edge raw and stitched it to the onesie using a zigzag stitch. This made it stay nice and stretchy for ease in dressing the baby and added a cute ruffle effect. I added a sweet little bow, just for cuteness factor :)
For the name, I printed out the letters, then traced them onto the fabric with fusible web on the back. Then ironed the letters to the onesie. Next I stitched around the edge of each letter. When working with small applique designs like this, the machine can tend to want to *eat* the fabric, so for stabilizer I used stretchy knit interfacing on the inside of the onesie. This worked great! And is also soft, so it won't irritate baby's skin.
Sleep gowns seem like a great idea for those middle of the night diaper changes! And what a fun way to personalize a baby gift as well! :)