Simple summer nightgown

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I used the same pattern and fabric as I did for the simple summer sundress, but this time, I left the fabric undyed.  I thought about adding some hand embroidery, but somehow, no matter what I considered, it seemed to just clutter up the simplicity and clean lines of the pure white cotton voile.  Also, because of the fabric I used, both hand and machine embroidery would have been very tricky – the fabric is so sheer, that any tension in the threads would pull it too taut.  I think that I would have had to use an interfacing on the underside in order to embroider, which would, of course, have ruined the lightweight nature of the fabric.

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You can see the smocking detail here – I’ve really become a fan of this technique, it takes a little time, but is actually very simple and I’ve had good success thus far.

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I love sewing projects like this – quick, simple, no pattern, nice fabric to work with and a few clever details.  There’s something about the simplicity and clean lines that gives it a finished appearance.  It just says summer to me!

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