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McCall's 5317

I've made a full-length nightie using this pattern from 1976. First I ran up the pyjama pants in a Hawaiian cotton. The legs are very wide but not flared -- they fall straight from the hip. Then I made the nightie. The fabric is a Black Watch tartan cotton flannel from Gorgeous Fabrics. The distinctive feature of this pattern is the petal-shaped collar, which looks endearingly naff. I found it irresistible. The yoke is one piece only, not double, so seams are exposed on the inside. To finish them and prevent fraying, I applied ribbon seam binding.
I have made the pants of this pattern again, in a Liberty print called Judy Rose.
Pattern envelope
Pattern envelope
Envelope back
Envelope back
Pyjama pants
Pyjama pants
Collar of the nightie
Collar of the nightie
Sleeve of the nightie
Sleeve of the nightie
Ribbon seam binding as elastic casing on sleeve
Ribbon seam binding as elastic casing on sleeve
Front, right side: sleeves, button and loop to come
Front, right side: sleeves, button and loop to come
Yoke, wrong side, with seam binding and facing stitched down
Yoke, wrong side, with seam binding and facing stitched down
Button and thread loop at yoke seam: the only fastening
Button and thread loop at yoke seam: the only fastening
The finished garment
The finished garment
Pants in Liberty's Judy Rose
Pants in Liberty's Judy Rose
Fabric detail
Fabric detail