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Block Paper Scissors

Turn Charlotte into a nightgown with side slits, by Anna Aguirre.


Block Paper Scissors is a monthly column featuring patternmaking hacks that will help you give your Seamwork patterns a custom spin — all you need is paper, a ruler, and a pencil!

This hack lengthens Charlotte to be a nightgown with side slits.

Note: Be sure to make any fit adjustments before doing the pattern hack.

You’ll Need:

  • Charlotte version 2
  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Tape
  • Scissors

How to:



Step | 01

Add 15 5/8” in length to the center front, center back, side panel, and underarm panel pieces by taping extra pattern paper to the bottom edges of the pattern pieces. Mark circles 7 5/8” up from the hem of the underarm panel. These will be your side slit markings.

Step | 02

Cut out the new pattern pieces and cut them from fabric.


Step | 03

When sewing the underarm panel seams, sew from the side slit markings up, leaving the seam allowances below the markings unsewn.

Step | 04

Clip through the seam allowances at the markings to the stitch line.

Step | 05

Finish the seam allowances above the markings together. Finish the unsewn seam allowances separately and press open.


Step | 06

On the right side of the garment, topstitch the seam allowances in place along the side slit opening. Press.


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