KS 3176 has two views, one short and one long. I made view A, the long view with 3/4 length sleeves. The robe features dolman sleeves and a jewel neckline. It's designed with buttons, but I put in a zipper as requested. It is sized XS - XL. The recipient needs more like a 2X, but you know how generous the ease is on KS patterns, so after some flat pattern measuring (KS is kind enough to print those on the pattern), I just had to add a couple inches.
The hubby was kind enough to take pictures for me ~
|See that recliner? Last year's Anniversary present for the Man Cave.|
This is a simple, well drafted pattern - not one hiccup. It is a no-frills design with two large font pockets. It calls for a contrast facing - not really necessary, but a nice touch. I used a white poly-cotton lightweight blend from stash, interfaced with Pro Woven from Pam Erny, also from stash. The main fabric is a coral, plaid seersucker that I bought several months ago at Hancock's specifically for Lena's duster. I happened to notice last weekend it is still in stock. The seersucker is very lightweight, so I liked the extra structure the contrast facing gave the robe front.
I chose not to embellish this version, as Lena lives in Pennsylvania and this is essentially a test garment. If this fits well and she likes the style, I have plans for another in a couple of really fun fabrics. I will play around with piping and contrast pockets on that version.
The only thing I'm not terribly sure about is the type of zipper. I used a robe zipper - Hancock's had exactly 3 in stock, white, thankfully. Robe zippers do not separate completely at the bottom. In some ways, I think this is better, as Lena is 86 and has a little OA in her hands - no fiddling trying to connect the zipper. But on the other hand, I am not sure if she wants to put it on over her head, or more like you put on a coat. I will just have to wait and see, then I will know for the next one.
I really like this robe pattern, and I think I will be making it again for me in the shorter version with short sleeves in a lightweight terry. It will be great for summer.
First fabric purchase of 2012...
On the evening of April 3rd, I placed an order from Fabric.com - it was at my door when we got home from dinner two nights later! I love that fast service. Mostly it was basics. I bought a piece of Sophia knit in navy to make another pair of Style Arc's Sailor Sue pants - I've been living in my first pair, and they traveled with me on our recent trip up north. I really wanted Ponte, but haven't been able to find it in navy. The piece I have is so nice, but was not enough - I was bummed. :( I've heard good things about the Sophia knit. It is a bit thinner than my Ponte, but I will give it a go.
|New fabric. :)|
|A sweet voile - no intended use yet, just loved it! Any suggestions?|
Next up on the sewing front - I'm feeling a cotton blouse, shoulder princess seams. I know I've got such a pattern in the stash. One of my sewing goals is to perfect a blouse pattern for myself. Now to carve out the time. ;)
Happy Easter,Passover, and Spring! I hope it's lovely in your part of the world.