Baby blue floral Wilder gown. Not like a nightie at all.

I have fallen hard for this pattern.

One minute I’m “why is it so popular? It looks like a nightie. Or little house on the prairie style. So not for me.”

The next, I’m totally smitten by the gorgeousness of the Wilder made by M of Nonsuch Sewing and so many other beautiful Wilders appearing in my feed.

Pattern duly purchased and plans made to make my own.

Yes it does look like a nightgown. But (I tell myself) a cool, swishy, loose and just gorgeous to wear nightgown.

The technical details

What size to make? My measurements put me into XL so that’s what I went with. Or so I thought. I hadn’t paid attention to the test square. I’d printed the pattern out at about 90%. My “XL” was closer to an M.

To attempt to compensate for this error I reduced the seam allowances through the bodice and sleeves from 5/8 to 3/8 inch (apart from the centre front which I took down to 1/2 inch).

The ‘fit’ seems to be fine. Although I’m not sure my shoulders would be okay if I gathered the neckline up to my neck. Lucky I prefer it looser and lower.

I made the gathered skirt layers wider and longer by about 10 cm in length and width to account for the pattern repeat of my fabric. This made the dress length floor grazing. I took off the extra 20 cm of length from the bottom layer.

I used a charming floral woven viscose from Spotlight for this first version.

I suspect I’m going to be seeing more of my garment labels on this pattern.

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4 Responses to Baby blue floral Wilder gown. Not like a nightie at all.

  1. Nonsuch says:

    Totally agree re: nightie vibes but there are enough out there now that don’t look too much like nighties – including this gem. That fabric is perfect – it looks so cool and soft…

  2. Lee, UK says:

    Looks lovely, and well made!

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