February seems to be the month of sewing intimates, and the Natalya makes a great nightie if you make it in stretch mesh or lace and finish the raw edges ( back, neckline, armcyse, and optional slit) with picot elastic.
To start, cut your pieces in your desired fabric, minus the lining. Of course you can line it if you choose, but we’re going for risqué here because…February. If you’re using stretch lace, you can use it for your straps too, but mesh may not work as well. You can use picot elastic or lingerie elastic. You also may choose to make them adjustable using rings and sliders. My photo shows lace strap pieces, but I ended up switching to picot afterwards.
Sew up your back seam and sides. Next, you’re going to attach the picot to your neckline. After it’s topstitched in place, you’re going to fold your neckline at the center, right sides together. Sew a short stitch from the top of the picot to the center of your V neck, but staying on the picot; try not to catch any of the nightie fabric beyond the picot (shown in yellow below).
Tack your seam allowance to one side.
Back Neckline + Armscyes
Attach your picot to your Natalya back and along the armscyes. If you’re using the same picot for your straps and have enough continuous picot, another great option would be to continue up past the armcyse the length of the strap piece to become the straps. I did not, so my straps will be attached separately at a later step.
Stitch your picot elastic using a 1/4″ seam allowance, flip, then topstitch in place.
Mark your strap placement along the back bodice using pins or clips.
Attach your front straps by pinning the strap downwards, right sides together with the strap pick-ups on your nightie. You’re going to sew the strap in place using a 1/2 inch seam allowance.
Then, flip your strap up and topstitch it in place.
Cross your strap pieces and pin the back straps in place. *Now is a great time to try it on to make sure your strap length works for you.* Sew your straps in place. Reinforce the straps by stitching a few times, just to ensure the straps are secure. Use a stretch stitch such as a narrow zig zag stitch.
You may choose to finish your hem with picot, this would work especially well if you do the no slit option. I chose the slit, because slits should never be optional, so I finished my hem by turning and topstitching 1/2″. Use the same method with picot you used for your neckline to finish your slit to get the sharp V.
You can add a lingerie bow to the center V or at the strap pickups if you wish. A bow(s) would make a really cute addition.
You’re done! You now have a hot little nightie you can be your sexy self in. Perfect for Netflix and chillin’! Don’t forget to make yourself a matching Aphrodite thong to wear underneath! They pair perfectly together as a set!