I love sewing nightgowns for my girls. My sister and I had a lot of handmade nighties thanks to my grandmother, and I have fond memories of floaty, ruffly summer ones and snuggly flannels for winter. I'm happy to be able to provide the same for my daughters.
I made these using Kwik Sew 3423, which includes toddler sizes up to size 4. There used to be a version for older girls, Kwik Sew 3105, but sadly it appears to be out of print. The toddler version is quite roomy, though - I cut a 2 with added length for both girls - so I think it will do for us for a few more years.
The pattern isn't the most elegant I've used, construction-wise. The instructions for attaching the lace leave a messy-ish inside, and only 1/4" seam allowances are included. Since the nightgowns are so long, the girls sometimes step on them, putting pressure on the seam joining the bodice to the skirt. With delicate voiles or shreddy flannels, this is a problem. I had to fix holes where the seam shredded apart on the girls' flannel nightgowns multiple times. I prefer a 3/8" or 1/2" allowance for this pattern, so I can sew a seam on my machine and then serge the edges together without trimming. More room for error.
I used a floaty voile that I got from FabricMart awhile ago for only $1.99 a yard, and two yards made two nightgowns. Score! I really love this fabric - it has plaid, flowers and some sparkly Lurex threads running through it. What more could a girl ask for? I trimmed the arms with bias tape rather than lace so that they would not be scratchy against the skin, but I did use lace to trim the neckline. The girls are thrilled.
These nightgowns were actually sewn weeks ago; currently my sewing room is all packed up. We are moving in a couple weeks and our stuff won't catch up until August at the earliest. Most likely there will be no sewing until mid-September! So posting will be sporadic until then.