Riley’s Nightgown for a Growing Girl

After wearing fleece pants to bed all winter, my daughter was excited that the warmer weather meant she could start wearing nightgowns again. But this past week, we pulled out the warm weather clothes and discovered that much of hers is too short, although width wise she can still wear them comfortably. That means that going up a size in store bought would be too big everywhere but the length and so new nightgowns got bumped to the top of my sewing list.


Riley’s Nightgown & Sleep Shirt is cute and comfortable, so I decided to whip up a few of them for my growing girl … though we’ll have to go fabric shopping, because this butterfly print was the only knit I had that she deemed suitable for pajamas.

Raglan sleeves are my favorite kind to sew because they’re so easy. The only part of this pattern that is even a little fiddly is the hem facing, but even it is not very hard to do and it makes the curved hemline so adorable!

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My tall 9-year-old is excited to have a nightgown that covers her rear without being too big around!

I love that Kymy includes instructions in every pattern on how to combine sizes and add (or subtract) length. I made a size 12 nightgown with 2 inches added to the length so it would reach her knees and be able to be worn through summer. This girl of mine … I simply cannot get her to stop getting taller!


After seeing big sister’s new nightgown, my younger daughter has added a couple for herself to my never-ending sewing list. Good thing Riley’s Nightgown & Sleep Shirt is quick and easy! I cut this nightgown out the night before and when I sat down to sew, it only took about 45 minutes … and I’ll be able to crank them out even faster next time because I’ll do them assembly-line style!

Happy Sewing!!  ~  Joelle

9 Responses

  1. […] little sis saw how comfy her big sister’s Riley Nightgowns looked, she informed me that she needed one, too. I made […]

  2. Heidi
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    She is a very tall 9 year I’m smaller than her

    • Joelle
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      Yep, she gets her Daddy’s height (he’s a smidge over 6’2″) … now she’s 11 and the last time I measured her (back in October) she was 5’9″!!

      • Heidi
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        I’m 44 years old I’m 3ft11 so I’m a lot smaller I’d love to be as tall as her my mom is 5ft11 dad 5ft9

      • Heidi
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        I’m glad to be smaller than her she is to tall I’m 44 years old only 5ft

  3. Heidi
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    Peaple say I’m 5ft3

  4. Heidi
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    Do you think I’m tall

  5. Heidi
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    I think she has stop growing now

  6. Heidi
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    I think she has stop growing now at 11

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