It took me way too long to finish this robe. This was originally going to be a Thanksgiving robe and instead ended up being a Tuesday, January 14th robe, but that’s ok. Emily isn’t picky. She loves it (and looks so cute, too).
I am excited that I used vacation fabric within a few months of acquiring it. The fabric shops in Hong Kong are phenomenal. Streets are lined with fabric swatches- which I find to be much easier to browse than piles of bolts or rolls.
There is also a FIVE METER minimum- I don’t know about you all, but I usually buy about 3 yards tops, so this was especially indulgent. Luckily, I knew this ahead of time and brought a suitcase only for fabric (this might indicate the severity of my problem). I ended up getting a number of great quality and fun fabrics. The knit I used for this robe is fantastically soft, and what really pulled me in was this bear, who looks like he walked into a room and couldn’t remember why:
I don’t work with knits often and had to make some adjustments to the robe- mainly taking a bit off the shoulders so the seam wasn’t sitting halfway down Emily’s arm. I love that the fabric doesn’t fray, which saved me from serging all the edges. I did make some tree ornaments out of this knit by cutting around the forest animals, sewing around the design (on the outside) and stuffing it. They were a bit unfinished, but I like to call it “shabby chic.”
Except for the amount of time it took me to make this, I’m very happy with it. I know a robe is not all that exciting, but considering how little Emily and I like to wear pants, this will make having visitors much easier, haha! Next up, I’m making a robe for myself out of some vintage terry cloth. So look for that post in about six months.
Some time ago, I promised I’d share a recent failed project. Perhaps that will be my next post. I hate to put another blog out in the world that makes it seem like everything the author does is successful. I think it could be useful to show off what doesn’t work out- we can all see it as a learning experience. Thoughts?