My daughter has a night gown she adores, but she has almost wore the thing out. So I decided to take said nightgown and create a pattern. I learned this technique not too long ago at Sewing Summit and I was excited to try it.
Favorite nightgown (or garment of any kind)
White tissue paper
Straight pins (with the ball on top)
1. To create the body I pushed pins through the the arm seams into the carpet.
2. Place a piece of tissue paper on the body. I taped 2 pieces together in order to cover the whole body.
3. Then take your crayon or pencil across the little balls on the pins.
4. Cut out the lines you just created. And you have a full body pattern w/o seam allowance. Because both sides are never identical, I folded it in half and cut up the fold. That way I am only working with half the pattern and the cut edge can then be placed on the fold of the fabric when the pattern is finished.
5. So now you are going to create the seam allowance on your pattern by taping a marker and pen together. Actually tape any two pens together as long as the tips are 1/4” apart. Lay your “half” body pattern on another piece of tissue paper.
6. Trace around the body with one pen and the other will automatically create your seam allowance. You basically just created a whole new body. Cut out the newly traced pattern.
7. Repeat the exact same process to create the sleeves.
I used this pattern to create this adorable Flannel Christmas Nightgown.