Glamorous 1920s robe or Joseph's Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat? I thought I was making the former, but the boyfriend assures me it looks more like the latter. Either way though, I'm pretty smitten with my second Vintage Sewing Pattern Pledge make. Despite the fabric being a £1 p/m polyester from the Birmingham Rag Market (which Amy, Helen and Roisin splurged on too), I find the print and feel of it so luxurious! With only just 2 metres to play around with, I wanted a pattern that would show off the unusual border print, so enter this 1920s robe pattern from Mrs Depew Vintage.
The neck and sleeve bands show off the border print brilliantly, whilst the unbroken shape of the robe is the perfect canvas for the delightful floral print. I love the colours so much!
I treated my £1 p/m polyester like the most exquisite silk, French seaming everything and hand stitching the raw edges of the neck and sleeve bands, as well as the hem. This was no mean feat, as polyester is so tricky to press! But Amy's wise words to press polyester long and hard on a cool setting got me through.
Pattern wise I sewed up the shorter length in a medium and the size is spot on. The only changes I made were minor. I took a little length off the sleeves and I had to half the width of the belt. I was looking forward to the wider, more authentic-looking belt, but the medium size barely wrapped around me, let alone tied up. Due to my limited fabric length, I joined the top and bottom of the belt to make one longer piece and folded into half before stitching. Let me tell you, turning out such a long and skinny belt was a nightmare!
I think it's because I've never owned a floaty robe before, but I really love this 1920s number with it's super roomy sleeves! It makes me feel so feminine and I daydream of donning it to do my hair and make-up for a glamorous night out, or to simply saunter around the house in. The boyfriend helpfully pointed out that being polyester, it will probably make my sweat. Probably true, but meh!
What are your thoughts on my robe?
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