Sunday, January 06, 2008
That's me in my new bathrobe. Do I look like a Leopard or a Jaguar? Or a Cheetah (as Lori pointed out!)
I can never find a RTW robe with all the "features" that I like so I came across this pattern before the holidays and decided to make myself one. Hancock's had lots of fun polar fleece prints from which to choose. I almost picked a purple plaid but then I decided to let the animal in me out. Ha ha.
So what features you ask? I like to lounge in a robe on weekend mornings. I prefer a robe that zips so I don't accidentally flash my family - not pretty. Because I frequently cook or clean while still in my robe, I need the sleeves to be form fitting so they don't catch on fire at the stove or get dipped in the toilet. I like it to be all the way to the floor so of course, it needs to be wide enough to walk comfortable. I have to have pockets. And it needs to be cozy. Doesn't seem like it should be that hard to find but it usually is.
This is a PERFECT pattern for me. The particulars:
Butterick 6881, View E
2 1/4 yards 60" wide polar fleece (this is less than the pattern calls for, however, I did not make the pockets from the fleece to minimize the bulk.)
Ribbing for the sleeves
1 22" zipper
a zipper pull - I happened to have a little tassle that worked well.
Pictures of some of the details:
Rib Trim on the sleeves:
Tassle Zipper Pull:
I used some cotton rather than polar fleece to reduce bulk for the pockets:
This took about 1 1/2 hours to sew. Went together very easily and it is sooooo cozy. I can't wait to put my jammies back on tonight!