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Simplicity 3948

The Facts 

Fabric: Pear patterned stretch knit, 1 metre, $3 on sale at Lincraft and leftover valance fabric from my Gatsby Dress
Pattern: Simplicity 3948
Year: 1961
Notions: Lace trim & elastic, from my friend's grandma's stash 
Time to complete: about 2 hours
First worn: October 2011
Wear again? Yes!

Total Cost: ~$3


Just a quick post from me this week, for I'm in Cambodia! As I'm travelling with girlfriends instead of my Husbie; this week's theme is most fortunate for me to make some PJs that are totally appropriate for travelling in warmer climates. We're riding bikes from Phnom Penh to the beach, so let's hope I can handle all that 'sport'!

I bought the fabric while shopping at Lincraft for work supplies (I made someone a huge shiny red cape!) during a half price winter sale. It's light cotton, or some sort of stretch, and when I become heaps better at knowing fabrics, I'll know what it's called. It's soft, comfortable and perfect for sleepwear. 

The Simplicity pattern is from Amanda from Adelaide's vintage stash! I'd kind of forgotten she'd sent me a few pyjama and nightie patterns to try out as well, but have a few thrifted nightgowns and some darling vintage dressing gowns, so sleepwear hasn't really been on my To Do List. 

I was first amazed at the lack of facings and extra details, so easy with only 3 pieces, the bodice pieces (cut on the fold) and the two straps. Whilst I looked at the 'guide' pieces that came with the pattern for the gatherings, I didn't really use them, and now that it's a little gapey up front (and a whole bunch along the back – I had to add a box pleat!) I wish I'd paid attention to them a little more! Especially with the Stretchy McStretch fabric like this; gathering on the overlocker is tricky!


I added some lace to the front piece to remember it's the 'front' by straight stitching it between the bodice piece and the binding carefully, and then overlocked it all up (which is where the gathering lost it's way perhaps). And the shorts! I have heaps of green leftover fabric from the Gatsby Affair, and was going to use it for bunting, but then pulled it out to make this an ensemble of sleepwear!

The shorts are proper old school briefs or bloomers, with elastic on the waist and the legs! I resized the shorts pattern vertically before cutting, because they were looking almost 'under the boob' instead of highwaisted! Since Cambodia is pretty humid, I thought the baby doll nightie and the little shorty shorts would be nice and cool for sleeping! 


Just gotta set the curls before all the humidity of Cambodia hits them! I've been using Maria's tutorial on setting curls and it's really great for longer hair! Just love her videos! See you when I get back from holidays!



Veronica Darling

Veronica Darling has been sewing well for about 4 years, blogging for 5 years and smiling for over 33 years. In 2011, she joined Mena's Sew Weekly in sewing through the year, and in 2012 will keep challenges slightly smaller in scale.


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  1. Love them! Used to have a set like this as a kid aged about 6 – buttery yellow nylon, one day accidentally wore the knickers to school!

  2. Adorable and I’ll bet it really is perfect for that humid weather.

  3. Beautiful! I can just see you singing the “Sandra Dee” song from “Grease”!

  4. So adorable! The style and colour looks lovely on you! Enjoy Cambodia :)

  5. margueritedesigns

    So cute – just your style! Love the curls.

  6. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous, hope you’re enjoying Cambodia xxoo

  7. Adorable and definitely weather perfect!

  8. Very cute! Your huzby approves! x