Despite the shoulders of the yoke not matching.
Despite me not noticing that until the fabric was already cut out and I was attempting to pin them together. Despite having to trim the back yoke piece down so that it would work.
Then despite the fact that when I got the yoke sewed to the skirt/body of the nightgown and tried it on, I found myself swimming in fabric because it was way too big. Despite having to take in 16″ of fabric along the sides. Yes, you read that right. I ended up taking in 4 inches on each side for a total of 16″ at the bottom, tapering up gradually to the arm holes. (I couldn’t take in that much through the bust area without having to unpick everything and start from scratch.)
And despite the fact that it is still way too big through the bust area… I am calling the nightgown finished.
I don’t usually write bad reviews on my blog but Butterick pattern 6838 is one that I couldn’t in all honesty or good conscience recommend to anyone. Never in 40 plus years of sewing have I encountered so many problems sewing a piece of clothing.
In addition to the problem with the yoke pattern pieces and it being way too big, the instructions for constructing the nightgown were needlessly complicated. Never in those 40 plus years mentioned have I given up and thrown a project in the garbage, but I came very close with this one. Had I been someone new to sewing or someone not quite so stubborn, I could see myself being disillusioned with the whole process.
I chose the pattern because I like the look of the nightgown as it’s pictured on the pattern envelope.
I intend to redesign and resize each pattern piece until I get a nightgown that looks like this and that fits properly.
But in the future, I will be steering clear of Butterick patterns.
Now for something that did work this week. Our middle daughter has been experiencing some problems with upset stomach lately so Dave and I have been making and pressure canning homemade chicken broth for her.
Here’s the results of two canning sessions:
Today, we made turkey broth and will pressure can that tomorrow.
She can take some of each kind of broth home with her and the rest will go down to the cold storage room for future use.
Click on the links below for instructions on: