Monday, February 23, 2015

Kimono sleeve nightgown with round yoke

Here are a few images which show the method of preparing the draft of kimono sleeve night gown with round yoke.

Prepare the draft of nightgown with kimono sleeve

Kimono sleeve nightgown draft
Draw lines as shown in figure 2

Figure 2

Separate round yoke from the skirt portion.

Figure 3

Place the skirt portion on another sheet of paper and spread as shown and draw the shape as shown by dotted line in figure 4

Figure 4

Cut on the dotted line and remove the new draft.

New draft

While cutting the fabric 1/2" extra is added along the curved edge  A-B of the yoke and curved edge of the skirt A'-B'.This is for seams.Same draft is used for the back skirt portion


Gather the skirt portion and stitch to the yoke.The rest of the procedure is same as that of kimono sleeve nightgown.Stitch a belt of contrast colour and secure it to the middle  near the waist line at the back.


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Kimono sleeve nightgown with flare

Prepare the draft of the kimono sleeve nightgown as explained HERE.

The portion of the draft which is above the line C-J is body and the portion which is below the line C-J is skirt portion.
Divide the skirt portion in to three portions by drawing lines P-Q and R-S.( Figure 1).
Cut the skirt portion along the lines in the direction Q-P and S-R till the points P and R and do not separate. (Figure 2)
Cut along the line C-J and separate skit portion from the body portion.( Figure 3)
Spread the skirt portion as shown in the figure 4 on another sheet of paper and secure them with pins.
If you want more flare you can spread them more.

Figure 4

Draw out line of the shape thus formed as shown by dotted lines. Cut the shape out. This is the new flared skirt portion. Figure 5.

Figure 5

Same  draft is used for the back skirt portion of the nightgown.
Body portion is different.While cutting the fabric an extra 1/2" is added along the lines C-J of the body as well as  to the top portion of the skirt .This is for seams.

Attach skirt body and proceed as explained HERE.
Stitch a belt of contrast colour and secure it to the middle  near the waist line at the back.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Method of sewing nightgown with Kimono sleeve


Full length

Method of drawing draft
Figure 1 Draft

Draw the draft on a folded sheet of paper.
Mark point A on the fold
On this line mark C such that A-C = ⅟₄ chest + 2”
A-B = full length + 1”( from shoulder line to hem)
Draw perpendicular lines from points A, C and B.
On the perpendicular line at A, mark points D and G such that A-D = A-C and D-G =4”.
On the perpendicular line at C, mark points E and H such that A-D =C-E and D-G =E-H.
On the perpendicular line at B Mark point F such that B-F =A-D. Produce Line B-F to O such that F-O=5”.
Join points D-E-F and G-H.
On the line E-H mark point J such that E-J = 1½”.
On the line E-F Mark point I such that E-I = 1½”.
On the line G-H mark K such that H-K= 1”.
Join I-O.
Mark P on the I-P such that P-O =1”.
Join F-P by a curved line as shown in the figure.
Join I-J-K by a curved line as shown in the figure.
On the line A-D Mark L such that A-L =⅛ chest
On the line A-B mark N such that A-N = 3” or to taste. Shape front neck by curve L-N.
On the line A-B mark point M such that A-M = 2”.Shape back neck by curve L-M.
Cut along the line G-K-J-I-P-F-B.
Cut back neck shape by cutting along the curve L-M.
Separate front and back of the draft by cutting along the line M-N-C-B.
Keep one portion which has got no markings aside. This is back draft. On the other portion the draft cut front neck shape L-N. This is the draft of the front.

Figure 2 Draft pieces

Cut draft of neck facing as shown in figure 3.I have explained HERE in detail.

Figure 3


Use the draft s thus prepared and cut pattern pieces from the fabric.(figure 4)

Figure 4

Figure 5 Pattern pieces

Stitch the sleeve edges by folding ½” in side
Stitch neck with fitted facing as explained HERE.
Stitch sides
Stitch bottom by folding ½” inside.
You can decorate neck with embroidery.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Method of sewing night dress with round yoke -Style 2

Prepare the draft basic simple night dress and make the following changes.
( Figure 1)

Produce shoulder line J-H to R such that H-R = 1 ½ “. Widen the neck line as shown in the figure such that head passes through the neck. In this design there will be no neckline placket. P-Q is the new neck line.In this design front and back neck line is the same.  From the point R draw new yoke line R-S so that the width of the yoke is same all over.  Mark new armhole line H-F in between the back armhole line H-O-F and front arm hole line H-N-G. New armhole line cuts the yoke line R-S at the point T. In this design there will be no difference between front armhole line and back armhole line.

Cut and remove unwanted shaded portion .( Figure 2)

New draft will be like this.( Figure 3)

Separate yoke from the skirt by cutting along yoke line R- T-S.( Figure 4).Divide the skirt portion by drawing parallel lines U-V, W-X, Y-Z as shown .

 Cut the draft along these lines. (Figure 5) .

 Place the draft on another sheet of brown paper and spread the portions as shown in the figure 6 and Fix them with mask tapes. Join points T and D by a smooth curve.

 Cut along the lines T-F-I-M-B-E-D-This is the draft of the skirt.( Figure 7 )

Cut the pattern pieces using these drafts as shown in the layout.Do not forget to add ½” seem for skirt top and yoke bottom as shown by purple lines.

Pattern pieces ( Figure 9 )

Follow the method as explained here. 

Friday, May 2, 2014

Method of sewing night dress with round yoke-Style 1

Draft of night dress with round yoke can be prepared by making a few additions to the draft of basic simple night dress.

Take a folded sheet of paper and draw a parallel line X-Y, 6” away from the fold. Mark point A on the line X-Y. Prepare the draft of simple night dress as explained Here.
Produce the line F-G-D let it meet the fold of the paper at D’. 
Draw a line L”-D” parallel to and 2” away from the line L-D.
G is the midpoint of the armhole line of the back.
Join points G and D by a curved line as shown. This curve intersects the armhole curve of the front at the point M.
Cut the draft along the line D'-D”-L”-L-K-J-H-G-O-F-I-M-B-B’
Separate yoke from skirt by cutting along the curve G-M-D-D”D’.

Skirt portion has two layers. Separate them by cutting along the fold D-’B’
Keep the bottom layer aside .This is skirt back.

From the top layer F-N-M. The remaining portion is skirt front.

Yoke portion also has two layers. Fold and crease them together along the line L-D.
From the bottom layer cut along the crease and remove portion L-L”-D”-D.This is the yoke back.
From the top layer cut along G-M-H. This is the yoke front.The extension L=L”-D-”D is for neck line placket.


Place  the paper pattern pieces on the fabric as shown in the layout cut the different pattern pieces.Add half an inch  seem allowance as shown by dotted lines. 


Stitch the neck line plackets as explained  here.  Here we have added extra material so we need not attach separate strips for plackets.   Place facing of the right back yoke on the extension of  left back yoke and fix them with few stitches.

 Method of attaching piping to yoke

Prepare bias tape of width 1½” from a material of contrast colour. .Fold the bias tape in to half lengthwise. Tack folded bias tape to the right side of the back yoke, keeping raw edges of bias tape and bottom curve of the yoke together.
 Place facing of the placket of the front yoke above the extension and secure them with pins.Tack the bias tape to the front yoke as explained earlier.

In the same way you can attach frills to the yoke.
Run two rows of long stitches Gather the middle portion of the  skirt front and skirt back by pulling the one end of 2 threads  together, so that its width is equal to the width of the yoke.

Keeping right sides together stitch front skirt to front yoke to front skirt and back yoke to back skirt sandwiching piping in between. 

Join front portion to back by sewing along the shoulder lines.
Finish the neckline and armhole with piping as explained here.
Stitch sides and finish the hem . Stitch buttons. Night dress with round yoke is ready!


Sunday, April 27, 2014

Method of sewing simple basic night dress

 Bodice draft of simple kameez can be used to prepare the draft of night dress.Night dress is easy fitting garment.Hence extra ease is added to bust and hip measurements. Scye depth is increased by ½ ".If  the dress is stitched with  sleeves, width of the sleeve is also increased according to taste.Length of the dress is also depends upon the taste.
 I feel cotton material is  with dainty prints are suitable  for night dress.

Measurements needed

3.full length 

Method of preparing the draft


Draw the draft on a folded sheet of paper.
Mark point A on the fold.
From point A draw a perpendicular line to the fold. On this line mark C such that A-C =½ of Shoulder width + ¼”.
A-J = Neck width =1/12th chest + ¼” or to taste.
A-K =Back neck depth = 2” or to taste.
A-L =Front neck depth =A-K or to taste.
A-D =1/8 chest +3".
A-E =Waist length + ¼”
A-B = Full length + 1”
From points D, E and B draw perpendiculars to the fold A-B.
On the perpendicular line at D mark point F such that D-F =¼ chest+ 2”
On the line D-F mark G such that A-B =D-G. Join points C and G.
 On the line B-G mark point N such that G-N= 1”
On the same line mark point H such that C-H =¾".Join J-H.
On the perpendicular at B mark point J such that B-J =¼ chest + 10” or to taste. Join F-J.
Perpendicular line drawn from the point E meets the line F-J at point Y. E-I  is the waist line.
 On the line F-J mark point M such that M-J =¾” Join points B and M by a curved line as shown in the figure.
Mark point O such that N-O =¾”.

Method of marking point O

Through the point N draw a line P-Q parallel to D-F Bisect the angle ∟PNC. Z-N is the bisecting line. On this line mark point O.
Shape back neck J- K and Back scye H-O-F.
Shape front neck J-L and front scye H-N- F.
Cut the draft along the lines K-J-H-O-F-I-M-B.

Paper pattern oieces

Separate the two layers by cutting along the fold. Keep the bottom (which has no markings) layer aside. This is draft of the back.

Take the top layer and cut along the front neck line J-L and front scye H-N-F. This is the front of the draft. 


Place the paper draft on the fabric as shown in the layout and cut the pattern pieces

Pattern pieces

Cut an opening X-Y measuring 4”or to taste on the front pattern piece as shown in the above  figure.


Finish the neck opening as explained here.
Join front and back by sewing along the shoulder lines.
Stitch sides .
Finish armholes and neck with piping as explained here using bias strips of same material or contrast material.
Finish the hem .
Stitch a belt  using the remaining cloth If you want to tie at the waist line.
Stitch belt carrier bars at two sides at I and I" and at E  on the back and pass the belt.
Simple night dress is ready!