Seamwork Almada Robe


Instagram tells me that the idea for this dreamy robe came to fruition in February 2016, so how on earth did it take me so long to sew up?!? Better late than never, I guess!

The pattern is Seamwork's Almada, which feels Japanese-inspired to me so I paired with a Kokka double gauze from Miss Matatabi and I love the combination!




It's a satisfyingly simple make, so there's not an awful lot to say about the construction. I really like the way the ties are made, with the seam running down the middle of the underside and with a very neat finish once they are attached to the front of the robe. I decided to go all out and use French seams throughout for a super polished look, which I'm really pleased with.

The neckline is finished with bias binding, which I decided to carry on to the hem as well, because double gauze can be surprisingly bulky. As well as being bulky, double gauze is also a shifty character, so my walking foot played a crucial role!  




I'm delighted with the result, but there are a couple of things I'd do slightly differently next time. First, I would raise the positioning of the ties to better suit my short torso/higher waist. I would also raise the placement of the snap to better cover my modesty - in the pictures I've just crossed the robe over as high as I could and limited my movement...hahaha!

Finally, I'd suggest stay-stitching the neckline before applying bias binding, because I definitely stretched mine out a bit.  


Has Almada stolen your heart? I'd love to see your version, so please do share a link below...

22 comments:

  1. I think this is the most interesting seamwork pattern, love your fabric choice and it looks great on you!

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    1. Thank you! I fell for the interesting design lines too!

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  2. What gorgeous fabric. It is such a beautiful print and colour. Your robe looks great and very beautifully made. Xx.

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  3. It's beautiful - but something that's always confused me about this pattern is that the ties seem to be attached to the sleeves - so when ties are closed it pulls the sleeves forward. I know the sleeves are massive but does this cause any weirdness for arm movement?

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    1. Hey! They're not actually attached to the sleeves, but it looks like that I guess because the sleeves aren't set in as such. Anyway, I can confirm that there is no arm restriction whatsoever as it's quite roomy :-)

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  4. I've been looking for a kimono style robe pattern for ages and love this. I plan to make it full length though and maybe alter the tie height as I too am short waisted.

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    1. Oooh, what a great idea to make it a maxi!!!

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  5. It's stunning! I love how beautifully it hangs.

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  6. Super lovely fabric and shape! Looks great! :)

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  7. That is pretty dreamy! Jo x

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  8. This is gorgeous. It looks so luxurious and glamorous.

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  9. Lovely work, and great fabric choice. Love that you used French seams.

    Would it be easy to lengthen this, say to mid-calf? It doesn't look like it would be a complicated alteration, but there's no way for me to see the actual pattern pieces, so maybe you can tell me?

    Ann

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    1. Hi Ann, thanks for your kind words! This would be super easy to lengthen and would look wonderful at mid-calf length!

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  10. I have been dreaming of a double gauze Almada for about two years too and seeing yours might finally have kicked me into action! So lovely Marie

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    1. Aaaw, thanks Fiona...it's a dream to wear! Can't wait to see your version :-)

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