And this is my most recent finished item. If I could, I would live in it. I had a massive fleecy blanket in a beautiful purple/plum colour. When we had all the snow I spent a lot of time hiding in it. I was wearing it like some insane cape type thing, walking around the house when Boy made a simple observation: “Why don’t you make a dressing gown Mummy like mine then you’d be warm and your arms would work”. From the mouths of babes… And my blanket is now properly wearable!
I used McCalls 5248, originally bought for Karen’s Pyjama Party last year. I traced out the robe pattern and then added the hood from Sewaholic’s Minoru jacket. I was going to leave the hood, but consultation with Twitter advised that it should stay. I’m glad I listened!
I deviated from the pattern in a few ways; the hood, adding length, using bias binding instead of turning and hemming, oh and using a fleece blanket instead of a woven! This pattern has a facing around the front of the robe so that the shawl collar doesn’t show the wrong side of the fabric. I included it because I wanted the right side to face out and because I wanted to add some flat piping.
As a result it’s really snugly around the shoulders and in the hood although it does add a lot of bulk because it’s two layers of thick fleece! But hey, this isn’t seduction wear. This is I wanna walk around wearing a blanket wear!
I constructed this entirely on my regular machine. There are some seriously wonky seams in places but as it’s such a plush fabric you really can’t tell. As it’s a knit I haven’t worried about finishing any seams either, although I did bind the inside edge of the facing. I’m really pleased with this most unflattering of makes; it’s like walking around in a big hug and it keeps me warm!!