Paola no 4 Blue Ditsy Floral Print

I have a commission to make a nightdress in cotton jersey. As I was not quite sure how much fabric to buy and this ditsy floral print in Fabricland was only about £3.50/m, I opted for 3.5 metres to be sure,I would much rather have too much fabric than too little!

Searching through my patterns I found the one I was looking for which is McCalls 2827, a vintage pattern from 1986. I checked dimensions and cut out the nightdress – more about this garment in another post.

Once I had cut out the nightdress I found that I had sufficient fabric left to make yet another Paola top. Great, this print design will go well with Blue denim jeans or skirt.

Stitching was very straightforward. Now with this being my 4th Paola I have adapted and refined the construction method. Here is the step-by-step:-

  1. Apply clear elastic to front shoulder seam allowance.
  2. Stitch the front and back together at the shoulders.
  3. Stitch the seam in the collar, fold in half and apply to the neckline of the Paola.
  4. Overlock and twin-needle stitch the hem of the sleeves.
  5. Set one sleeve and stitch the side and sleeve seam.
  6. Overlock the bodice front and back hem.
  7. Twin-needle stitch the hem of the bodice.
  8. Set the remaining sleeve, stitch the side and sleeve seam.

I still have some other jersey fabrics which can be made up into Paolas but meantime I will continue with the nightdress project.