Wrapping up the weekend with a bathrobe!
Yes I did. I made a bathrobe!
I wanted one and I bought one from Target and I hate it. I really wanted cotton and all they had was poly. I shopped online for a cotton one but the ones with good reviews are very expensive so I decided to just make one. Yes, I picked gray. I almost bought white but I found myself thinking of all the ways that I could dye it. I know that dyeing toweling is a PITA so I changed my mind and bought an undyeable color. Plus, I like gray a lot in my wearables.
I used this pattern and I can tell you that the yardage on the directions is not enough! I had enough for my robe because I shortened it by 5".
I got this fabric from Joann and I have to tell you that it's really good quality. But I have to go back today and buy another yard so that Chris will get two sleeves in his robe. With coupons, these robes cost about $40 each but they are really luxurious.
I had just enough leftover to serge two new washcloths. See that gray speck? I have those all over my sewing room! I need to get Chris' robe done before the cleaning lady comes on Wednesday so she can clean up all the stuff that I miss. I have vacuumed once already but these bits seem to be everywhere.
Another quickie project that I finished this week is this pet blanket that I will donate. The top is a reject sample that I made for Paula Nadelstern. I rejected it, she never saw it. I made another version for her with a different background that looked a lot better. Since then I've been moving this top around from stack to stack in my sewing room. When I cleaned some shelves it surfaced again and I decided to finally do something with it. The trash can was one idea but then I decided on a pet blanket. The backing is a fabric that I bought to make a doll dress for Ella and it got permanently stained when I prewashed it. I reordered the fabric for her dress but didn't throw the ruined piece away. It was fine for the back. I loaded it on the longarm, used a remnant of poly batting and stipple quilted it. I trimmed the batting to the edge of the top and then used the backing to fold to the front and topstitch. The whole thing took about 2 hours. I'm glad to have the top and the ruined fabric out of my stash.
Last night before sitting down to crochet I got this quilt loaded. Mom made it to donate. These blocks are made from feedsacks and were donated (dropped on) our quilt club. Mom took them and made them into a "sofa size" quilt. With the leftovers she's making a veterans quilt top. I'll get this quilted for her this weekend and, hopefully, get Chris' robe made. Those seem like sufficient goals to accomplish before the Super Bowl.
2/11/2022 08:34:53 pm
hahahahaha! I hear you about all the 'doobies' from cutting terry. I had them EVERYWHERE, even in the butter! Love a hand made robe.
2/11/2022 11:14:49 pm
when you find a good robe you don't want to give it up! I have a heavy white terry cloth(?) robe that I got about 15 years ago and I still use it LOL -every winter it comes out - long to the floor and so nice and cozy - and the best thing is I got it free - one of those Xmas deals way back when Bath & Body was doing a thing buy so many dollars worth of stuff and you got a free robe back then the girls were using that a lot and I got them a bunch of stuff and I got the robe
2/12/2022 08:46:31 am
I love cotton robes. My favorites are chenille which cannot be found anymore. I bought a cotton terry one from a big box mail order and it scratched and itched no matter how many times washed. I tried another one at Christmas and it is ok, but not the soft buttery chenille. I could never sew a robe as my skill set sews things that are flat, not fitting. Congratulations on a job well done.
2/12/2022 12:06:26 pm
2/12/2022 12:13:47 pm
I made many bathrobes back in the days when my kids were small and I was sewing for everyone in the family. The quality is definitely better than in the purchased ones.
2/13/2022 09:59:27 am
That robe looks like a luxury spa robe! Great job. Good to have rejects and problems turn into a donation that a doggie will appreciate. I have some blocks for a QOV that I'm saving to take on retreat in early March.
2/13/2022 10:16:30 pm
Your dilemma with fabric yardage is why I always buy more than the pattern calls for. I've learned not to trust them (and I hardly ever sew 'real' stuff). I'd be willing to bet, even with the cost of the fabric, you'll have robes that will outlast any that you can find in a store.
2/14/2022 08:25:59 am
I was surprised you found decent terry cloth at JoAnn's. The robe turned out great.
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.