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Added Nov 24, 2008

By burdastyle

New York, New Yo...






Perhaps you’ve heard the saying “A garment should look as beautiful on the inside as the outside.” We like that idea, and, similarly, we think you should look as stylish at night as you do during the day. The pattern for this nightie will make you look fabulous while dreaming away. The sweet flutter wings, which we chose to make out of coordinating chiffon, add some romance. For the tomboys out there, skip the wings and make a simple clean nightie with spaghetti straps instead.

Material Notes

silk or cotton in 2 or 3 colors, (optional: snap for center front).



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    Jan 18, 2012, 08.48 PMby Andrea Gray

    This pattern is simply one ot the easiest and best patterns I have ever tried. I have always been so scared to try real femine frilies and this pattern may have just opened me up to a whole new world. I would have to say I am not a cape girl…edna mode “No Capes!”.

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    May 10, 2011, 09.30 AMby iin

    so cute,love every detail…

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    Jan 28, 2011, 11.15 AMby robygiup

    Love love LOVE IT!!!!! That’s great, I’m going to save the instructions (at the moment unfortunately I’m too busy to sew…)

    Thanks for sharing!

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    Jan 27, 2011, 09.08 PMby Gabriele Yorlano

    Simply Beautiful!

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    Apr 30, 2010, 10.52 PMby dennelp

    Love this. I made 2 out of a stretch knit and 1 cotton. I plan on more. Once you make one, you become obsessed. (Takes 3 hours for me)

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    Jun 10, 2009, 09.50 AMby pinkfashion

    Love love love this dress for summer. Too sexy to use as a nightie… why sleep in it where no one will see when I can wear all about and show it off to the world. This goes perfect with bangs :-)

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    Feb 18, 2009, 01.03 PMby anniekmcn

    I love this nightie but I can’t seem to get hte link to download it – has it been discontinued? (please say no!) Could anyone point me in the direction of a link so I could get stuck into my next project? Thanks!

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    Feb 10, 2009, 12.56 AMby nash001

    very sexy and sultry…. without showing too much. But I think you should have chosen a sexier name.. :)

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    Jan 31, 2009, 01.05 PMby effervescence

    The details in the back….pretty fun.. Good job
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    Dec 30, 2008, 09.17 PMby haydensgramma

    Ok I just got around to reading all the comments here, this has been waiting for me since the day it came out….I am (very quickly!) turning 41 and I LOVE this nightie. Name and all, Bambi might have been a boy, and all that, but who cares what the name is, it is a gorgeous creation, and once you make it you can call it whatever you want. I will be stitching this one up in the morning and if I like it as much on me as I do in the pics, I will probably be making ones for the daughters (21+20) soon after. Thank You Burda Style!!!

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    Dec 24, 2008, 06.25 AMby ssarryo

    It looks really pretty.

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    Dec 20, 2008, 10.44 AMby julies

    I finished this last week in size 44, and I’d love to post a pic in My Creations, however, I am waiting to acquire a mannequin or dress form because my stretch marks aren’t fit for the light of day or the web. Silk is a bit out of my budget right now, so I used scraps of fabrics I thought would work for the garment that were left over from other projects, some satin for the cap sleeves, a synthetic sheer knit for the bust, wings, and back skirt, with a sheer polyester single-weave fabric for the front skirt, and the back where you apply the elastic, I used a cotton weave since I thought I would need something a bit sturdier to stand up to all those stitches.

    Two tips I want to share with members who attempt Bambi:

    First, it will be easier to fit and give you a better fit if you don’t mix a stretch knit bust with woven fabric for the back piece. The bust pattern is definitely shaped for a woven fabric and it probably would be better to be significantly altered if a knit is used. The next Bambi I make, I am going to try to make completely from a knit, probably t-shirt jersey.

    Second, use the thinnest elastic you can find that will support the fabric. I used elastic I had on hand that was about 1/4 inch wide and it is much too heavy for the cotton, let alone the sheer knit I chose for the bust. The elastic serves as a counterweight for the bust, so I had to rig my final version up by pulling the straps up higher, which of course doesn’t work out as well as it would have had I used a thin elastic from the start.

    Maybe it’s just me, but I felt that the instructions for setting the elastic were unclear. I got the part about making the casings, but since there were no specifications given for the original length of the elastic strips, I made them 12 inches long. Instead of pulling the elastic strips to 8 inches, which I figured out finally is what you are supposed to do, and sewing down 8 inches, I put in gathering stitches at the top and bottom, pulled those stitches and them tried to sew down the bunched up strips of elastic, which did not work with either a zig-zag or straight stitch, shaking my head and trying to figure out where I went wrong. Only after looking very closely at the sample on the model did I finally figure it out. Do yourself a favor and study those images before you begin to set your elastic, because that will really help.

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      Jan 29, 2011, 05.38 AMby cooi

      I have a question about sewing down the elastic… The instructions seem a little unclear (as you mentioned) and it looks as if you sew the two top side pieces to the center piece that will take the elastic on it. If this is the case, how do you keep the ends of the elastic (where you cut it) from showing? Also, when sewing the elastic down you mentioned that you stretch the elastics to 8 inches and then stitch… do you stretch the elastic to the max?? SO confused!! Haha, thanks!

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    Dec 1, 2008, 11.34 AMby sarahannseitz

    please, please, please tell me where you got the fabric! i love it!

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    Nov 29, 2008, 04.12 PMby aficionada

    I instantly fell in love with this nightie.

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    Nov 26, 2008, 09.31 PMby zoemattheisen

    where do I find the pattern!

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    Nov 26, 2008, 06.41 PMby ledthread

    Hiya everybody.

    ‘Bambi’ is also the name of a German awards show produced by our parent company. It’s super glamorous, like the Oscars in the US. (You can read the Wiki here.) Nora and Benedikta are on their way there, and we’ve been working hard getting their gowns ready… That’s why we named the nightie ‘Bambi’!

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    Nov 26, 2008, 05.47 PMby jsjs

    I’m definitely not a tomboy (as the description suggests), but I’m not a big fan of those wings. However, the plain version is a classic — very pretty.

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    Nov 26, 2008, 02.31 PMby littlepinkkiwi

    I think I understand what sOmmer is saying about Bambi being a sexist name for this garment. The name implies a doe-eyed submissiveness which, combined with the soft feminine styling of the nightie, suggests that women are sex objects. This is what many women have fought tooth and nail for years to overcome. I’m 38 so maybe it is a thirty-something thing, lol.

    Personally, I love the nightie and I am definitely going to make one for myself. My fiancee will love it too – for reasons that feminists would find entirely objectionable.

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    Nov 26, 2008, 10.57 AMby rosebengal

    Wow – I’m not a nightie fan but this is very glamorous. Also, for what it is worth, Bambi was/is a boy deer…

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    Nov 26, 2008, 06.27 AMby angelseyez

    That is absolutely adorable… Love it!!…

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    Nov 26, 2008, 03.29 AMby kip

    Bambi ? sexist ? Well of course it is ! It’s a WOMAN’s nightie!

    It’s darling ! I’d make one but my husband would just ask me to toss it on the floor then comment on how nice it looks there and proceed to attack LOL.

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    Nov 26, 2008, 12.05 AMby ibylippold

    Very nice! :-)

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    Nov 25, 2008, 01.43 PMby s0mmer

    Seriously though, Bambi? You couldn’t think of anything more sexist to call this? A knowledge of, and respect for, the past would be appreciated especially by this 30-something sewer.

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    Nov 25, 2008, 06.37 AMby catmagalhaes

    I love it! And I might do it as a summer top.

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    Nov 25, 2008, 05.26 AMby bola

    oh great pattern burdastyle!! I love the delicate fabric and the back of the dress too- this is going on my fav’s!! thanks bx

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    Nov 25, 2008, 04.04 AMby deviousdee1

    Nightie? I’d wear this out! Thanks again Burda Style! Dee x

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    Nov 25, 2008, 12.19 AMby loren-rat

    I’m feeling a dress outta this one too… Something to wear to clubs or for one of those dinners when u wanna feel really sexy.

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    Nov 24, 2008, 11.41 PMby emilykate

    Ooooh, gonna make this…. that crossover back detail with the wings is really interesting!

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    Nov 24, 2008, 11.31 PMby madamewu

    o wow, i love it too :)

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    Nov 24, 2008, 10.38 PMby erdronen

    so so pretty! I love the details- the smocking on the back, the criss-cross straps, and the contrast band at the hem! Great design! This is going on my long long list :)

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