Four planets are in retrograde right now. What does this mean for us? Well, everything moves a little slower. I’ve been away for a minute – much of my sewing time has been spent behind the scenes making gifts, boring basics (does anyone really want to see the mountain of panties I’ve been sewing up?) and honing my skills for my upcoming refashion shop.
The first piece of my summer wardrobe is something I’ve been planning for awhile. I wanted a breezy robe for the warmer months – something silky to wear to fetch the mail, greet the takeout guy, and paint my toenails while staying moderately warm from the window breeze.
Last month I finally joined Seamwork, which is a virtual treasure trove of basic patterns. One of the main reasons I joined was the kimono-inspired Almada robe. Fits the bill perfectly for my flowy lightweight summer robe needs. No muslin because seriously, I don’t feel guilty about intimates not being perfect.
After spending some time cruising through various fabric websites and looking for suitable matches (including the Nani Iro gauze used in Seamwork’s sample), it dawned on me that I already had something suitable in my stash that turned out to be the perfect match. Last year I picked up two yards as an impulse buy when I was trying to use up a Groupon at Textile Discount Outlet. (Seriously, Chicago friends, follow their Instagram and watch out for those Groupons.) I think it’s a crepe de chine. I don’t know, the bolt didn’t have a label.
- Without a doubt, the best feature of this is the slightly upturned sleeves.
- Cut the medium. It turned out to be nice and roomy.
- The medium cut for the pattern calls for a little under three yards, but I made it work with two because I don’t really give a fig about pattern matching this time.
- The pattern suggests a snap. I didn’t bother.
- French seam for the back, overlock seams for the shoulders.
- Seamwork boasts that this can be completed in under two hours – that’s probably true, but it took me a few weeks because I worked on it in fifteen-minute intervals.
- I had a hell of a time finding the satin binding for the edge finish. Thanks to Fabric Distro for quick shipping.
If you’ve yet to hop on the Seamwork bandwagon, clicking the referral link here will get us both a little bonus – you get your first month for only $3, and Seamwork’s referral program for existing members nets them a free month. Get your sewing pals on board!