Oops – it’s November! Oh, well. I love my long wrap robe. My ‘Garment a Month’ for October and for every month until I wear it out! It came out just as I hoped when I wrote about my plans for it back on Oct. 8.
I found a pattern from Burda Style that has almost everything that I needed. It’s long, wraps, has pockets, and, can you believe it, has a belt that is attached at the back waist. The last detail is one I’ve always hoped to find – it’s so pretty and 40’s-looking.
When I studied the pattern pieces, the only issue I anticipated was the depth of the wrap, which was about 4 or 5 inches. I like a robe to really wrap in the front. No peek-a-boo and lots of cozy.
So I spent about 3 hours working with the pattern and my much-loved-soon-to-be-gone cotton robe that’s being replaced by this new one. Turns out the best starting place was the size 16 (I usually sew a size 14). And my only ‘major’ adjustment was for the front wrap.
I added 1.5″ at the shoulder (which it needed anyway to match up with my old robe), and then drafted a new front line, easing out a total of 3.5″ just past the neckline curve. The same 1.5″ were added to the back shoulder all the way to the waist (I was glad to have more room across the back).
The other change was a simple addition of 3″ to the length. In the end, 1.5″ would have been enough – but I think that is very fabric-dependent and will keep the addition for my next robe as well. Just in case!
|Nice big patch pockets! My fabric is a very light weight poly-rayon-spandex jersey knit from
Fabric.com. To guard against pulling at the pocket corners, I boxed the side edge topstitching.
|An easy add, not in the pattern – a hanging loop on the inside back neckline!|
|The back waistband. So pretty. It is actually quilted, I used low-loft poly batting.
Great place for all kinds of fun – monogramming, embroidery…
|The inside of the back waistband. Very smooth and comfy.|
Just the idea of this sewing challenge makes me relax…a garment a month, just for me – well, OK, I mostly sew for myself anyway. But there’s something so inviting about making it official and special.
– The garment has to be for you and not for someone else…
– Choose a pattern at the beginning of the month and post about it with background on
how/why you choose that pattern, fabric, etc.
– Blog about the finished garment with pics, etc.
And the button is on my sidebar, has a link to the challenge as well.
I’ve already chosen my pattern for October, it’s something I need badly! A long knit robe. My white one is 5 years old and just worn out.
|Burda Style 7297|
I plan to make view C, and mine will be all the way to the floor and then some, as I’m using a cotton jersey that will shrink a bit over time. Love the back belt treatment, so forties!
|Holly Lobby 100% cotton jersey knit|
Oh la. This pattern is perfectly sized for a dress in a panel print in satin, rayon, or silk – but I’ve done it in a featherweight cotton jersey from Girl Charlee. Like a wisp …
I missed the Fashion Star program debut of this dress by designer Nikki Poulos. But I fell for the pattern when it came out – McCalls 6552 Maxi Caftan Dress. Love love maxi dresses! And adore caftans and muumuus that make me feel pretty at home.
My caftan is done in a very lightweight polyester seersucker. When I ordered the fabric, I was under the impression it was cotton! hmmm. It turned out to be very sheer. And I am not fond of polyester next to my skin (too warm). But the stripe is lovely oranges, tangerines, and muted browns. So I lined it completely in an ivory cotton lawn – now it feels heavenly!
But you can still buy it as the Dahlia dress from Nikki Poulos online and in select stores for $175! (I love this blue and black pattern, it shows how well the dress carries a large print.)
(from the official NBC site) Nikki Poulos grew up on a farm with no electricity in the Australian Outback on 54,000 acres of land. With no television – and only the outdoors to entertain her and her siblings – they were forced to be creative. Sewing soon became her favorite pastime. In the early 1990s, Poulos created an eco-friendly baby clothing line called “ecobaby,” which she sold in open-air markets, and eventually expanded the business to sell in major department stores. Poulos quickly experienced much success and, after five years, sold her company and decided to go back to school and study marine biology. After receiving her Bachelor of Science degree, she worked in marine research and coral reef conservation. However, Poulos could not stay away from fashion for too long. Now she is selling her clothing online and in stores across the U.S., Caribbean and Australia.
And Coco’s Loft Maxi Caftan $30 ($17 unlined)!
Today is day 1 of Me-Made-May’12. It’s early in the morning, rainy, windy, one of those cozy days. I have a fresh pot of coffee, the news is on the TV – this is a sewing day for me, so nice. And I am wearing polka dot shorts and a tee from the pajama line 🙂
Hope yours is a nice day as well – Coco
I am late revealing my jammies because of the rain…I had planned to do my pics outside in our pretty sunshine. oops! And then I decided to do my hair and makeup (what an occasion this is…).
Adorable robe and bottoms. My fabrics are from JoAnns – I sewed a size 14 with no alterations, except for a couple adds in the robe, below.
Simple bottoms, thoroughly comfy. I did them in a cute seersucker stripe and used a 1″ knit elastic waistband. I plan to do more in seersucker and in quilting cotton, so many print choices and constantly on sale.
I must say that making the robe was like making a couture coat! And I think it would be stunning in velvet as an evening coat. Mine is done in a funky fabric called tutti fruitti. It washed up soft as a worn sheet, really nice for this robe. (Strange, I used it in a red polka dot that is still crisp after many washing. Must be the dye.)
The pattern suggested making a thread belt loop – NOT – I added sewn loops in the side seam. And of course I added in-seam pockets 3 1/2″ down from the natural waistline. What is a robe without pockets?
Happy Pyjama Day to all my fellow sewists and readers and everyone who loves a good PJ bottom – Coco