Updated: Aug 2
Ella is such a quick project to sew, and lends itself to a perfect option for a nightgown. Susan adds length to the dress and adds a ruffle to the hem. For an everyday nightgown, Susan’s fabric choice is a Liberty tana lawn – for beauty sleep we think she needs the best! You can choose any fabric, even solids to celebrate Christmas or a special occasion. She will certainly drift off to sweet dreams in this pajama gown.
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Children’s Corner Ella Tracing Paper Fabric + Additional 1/4 yard of fabric to lengthen dress
1. Trace the front and back dress pattern. Refer to the chart below to determine how much to lengthen the dress for a long gown.
2. Measure along the bottom hemline of the new front and back traced pattern pieces. Multiply this number by 1.75. This is the length of the 2 ruffles. Refer to the chart for width (height) of the ruffles. Cut 2 ruffles.
3. Stitch the ends of the ruffle so that you have one long piece. Press one long edge of the ruffle 1/8” to the wrong side. Then press again 1/8” and top stitch in place.
4. Stitch 2 rows of lengthened stitches 1/8” from the top and again 3/8” from the top.
5. Follow step 4 – 11. At step 11, stitch only one side seam at this time.
6. Gather the ruffle and pin to the bottom edge with right sides together, matching the side seam of the gown with the seam on the ruffle.
7. Stitch the ruffle in place. Trim and finish this seam. Stitch the other side seam.
8. Complete the gown following Ella instructions.
Adaptation by Susan Whitman
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