Sometime ago, Meg decided she likes satin nightgowns. Then, one day I was looking around ikatbag.com and came across her free pattern for 45 minute raglan sleeve nightdress. I realized this was very similar to the raglan sleeve dress pattern that I have. But I didn't have any interesting satin (just some cream and some brown). I was at Salvation Army and couldn't find any satin sheets, so headed to the lady's lingerie, hoping to find a big robe or something. The selection wasn't that great, but I did find a long La Senza nightgown. I knew I'd be losing a lot from the bust up, but thought there'd still be enough for the rest.
I gave it to her for her birthday, and she loved it. However, there is one big issue. Her blankets slide off her and she wakes me up about three times during the night to get tucked in again!
Undeterred by the sleepless nights (and thanks to my mom who suggested laying the blanket down, having her lay on it, and folding the other half over her!), I decided that I'd make her annual Christmas Eve nightgown, out of satin again. I was at Value Village and found this seafoam green satin fitted sheet. I wasn't thrilled with the colour, but didn't know if I'd get back out shopping. After VV, I headed across the parking lot to FabricLand. There, in the remnant bin was a piece of printed satin with this exact same green shade!
I think the sheet was homemade--there were no tags, and there was a French seam going up the middle (about 1/3 of the way across actually). There were also some holes. And the sides had been sewn as a separate panel. All of this cut down dramatically on the amount of usable material, which I didn't notice till I was cutting it out.
I laid it all out first, so I could decide how best to use the contrast fabric. This time, the bodice and the bottom ruffle got it.