Hump(ing) back Whales nightie

Did you see them? Could you miss them?!

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I didn’t notice until I put the nightie on and yelled out loud  “What are those whales doing up there on my chest?”!! Princess fell about the floor in fits of laughter – literally ROFLing! Despite its obvious flaw, this nightie is a dream to slumber in. It might be the 100% cotton, which is soft and luvverly or it might be the upper chest action tiring me out – who knows.

 

 

The hump(ing) back whale T shirt nightie is a toile for a dress, self drafted using my Studio Faro personalised T shirt block. I desperately needed light relief during the tuxedo marathon. Sometimes a girl just has to sew something simple while she awaits the Princess to return home from school for a fit check!

 

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Lets address the elephant in the room… why did I not think to check pattern placement?  Just off with the pixies I think. Honestly, I don’t mind my hump(ing) back whales night wear, just the sort of garment one should wear to a ‘come as you are’ party, what a conversation starter! When I lengthen anything I always make the mistake of creating a hip bump when I don’t need one. I’m telling you this so we both remember to straighten that hip curve when elongating a bodice in future! It adds space in the night attire though, so it stays! See how it collapses nicely?

 

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When drafting T shirts, I usually use the back of the block as a front, because I’m not keen on the dart on the front and couldn’t be arsed moving it – the fit doesn’t suffer too much in my opinion. The front yoke, coverstitched, sits below a neckline traced off Closet Case Files Nettie bodysuit. Credit for the sleeve idea must go to Linda, though I failed to use her tutorial and now understand why she creates the flounce the way she does. Hers is balanced, mine is more 2 dimensional.

Nightie night!

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  1. Your nightie looks very comfortable. Great use for a toile!

  2. Haha! That placement thing happens to us all! I recently found two flowers were adorning mine, but managed to move them before permanent fixing. The funny thing is….do other people notice or is it only our eyes that become fixated??
    The nightie looks like a great start to a dress. I, like you, am not keen on bust darts in a tshirt. If your pattern has a yoke you could you could move the dart into there?
    Anyway, thank you for the mention and great to read your chat again.

    • I think I had army failure with darted Tees. You know, you make it up with great expectations and then uuurgh, so I’ve avoided them ever since. My dress doesn’t have a yoke but I will definitely bare that in mind for the next ones Linda 😉

  3. I like the hemming details and the shape of the sleeves. And the whales are really cute.

    I have been so bogged down with my Nap Six dress that I have barely wanted to sew the cuffs on a school blazer. Now it’s done I might try a nightie!

    • The Nap 6s looked quite involved Kate. I’d better catch up with the progress posts. I honestly prefer Pjs but this is so nice to wear, it may change my mind. A nightie is a good foil to try new techniques I think – though I’d think there may be very little you haven’t tried!!

  4. It’s cute! You can pull off anything in sleep wear ..no? I like the hemming and the length you have chosen. Sleep tight
    Joyce

  5. Well what else would you expect from a pair of Humpbacks?? Hijinks aside, its cute fabric! I like your wavy hem treatment too 🙂

  6. You could try pivoting your dart into the seam with the whales in compromising positions. Here is a link I found from a Google search to illustrate what I’m getting at. http://www.clothingpatterns101.com/shoulder-yoke.html The seam would end up curved, but gives some bust shaping without having a dart in knit fabric.

  7. I hope those whales are vegetarian!!

    A lovely fabric, too good for lights out!! And like Kate said, the hem is nicely done!

  8. Hilarious! Great nightie though (and humping aside I do love the whales!)

  9. I’m not sure you could have avoided the whales on bustline with the pattern repeat. It’s cute so go with it!

  10. Very cute. 🙂 I love the hem. I’m also curious to see this as a dress.

  11. I just found your blog and am enjoying looking through all your projects.

    May I ask where you are studying?

  12. Bwaahahaha You know you said you were too busy? Amelie wants one size 9 : ))))

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