Vintage Sewing

Butterick 3405 John Kloss Nightgown pattern

January 3, 2008

Butterick 3405, c. 1970s, Pattern Review
A John Kloss design for nightgown, or babydoll (for stretch knits only) and robe. The gown has high fitted and tied bodice, scoop neckline and flared skirt. The robe has fitted bodice with released pleats, standing collar, front button and loop closing, and full length sleeves.

I’ve always been attracted to the line drawings of the 70’s Butterick designer patterns from John Kloss but never actually sewed one. That changed the other day when I tested the pattern by sewing the short nightie out of a hot pink cotton knit.

Super cute and super easy! Two hours start to finish, including cutting out the pattern and taking the photograph.

The skirt consists of four flared pieces and is attached to the self-lined bodice leaving a 2 inch opening at the center front. The bodice ties in front leaving a small keyhole opening between the bodice and the skirt. The pattern instructions call for slipstitching the inner bodice facing to the upper edge of the skirt, but I topstitched it in place.

Because my serger is still broken I hemmed the bottom edge – (which is a whopping 140 inches) – with a decorative overcast stitch on my sewing machine. I allowed the knit to stretch slightly which resulted in a rippled edge – similar to a lettuce hem.

It turned out cute and once the temperatures climb out of the below freezing range I’ll consider wearing it!

  1. How cute! That’s it, once I finish my current project, I’m dragging out all of my vintage patterns and going to work!

  2. I LOVE this pattern. I am partial to nightgown/robe patterns, and I love the tucks in the robe and the bodice in the gown. Yet another pattern I must find, or copy! 🙂

  3. I LOVE the 70’s John Kloss patterns! I have a few that I use over and over again.

    Its the pattern jacket drawings that suck me in – and they are pretty easy to make up!

    I dont have this one, though – its adorable!

  4. I love this nightgown and robe. I have this pattern and when I was just out of high school my mom made this for me one Christmas. The gown was in a light blue knit silk like material and the robe was in a deep blue material similar to a cotton velvet with pewter button, it was just beautiful. I found the pattern the other day and with a few little adjusts I’m going to make it again.

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