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Date: 8/8/13 5:57 PM

I just bought 4 patterns during the Big Four pattern sale. I need something cozy and comforting, but want it to be a creative venture too. I'll probably have a shawl collar, so maybe quilting, embroidery, piping- who knows?

My life is hectic and in fact, I'm heading out the door to see my mom in the hospital. If you've made a great bathrobe, are thinking of it or have some pointers- point them my way. More later, just squeezing this in the a few free moments. TIA.

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Date: 8/8/13 6:04 PM

There was a cute free one (done in multiple colors of similar fabric) on BurdaStyle....

Here it is -
The Allie #6031





I was thinking of trying it in different flannels! LOL

Oh, and another fun (and useful) embellishment is pockets. Like the birds on this apron -

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-- Edited on 8/8/13 6:07 PM --

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Date: 8/10/13 6:25 PM

How about this?!



(The patchwork, not the fur. )

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Date: 8/10/13 6:46 PM

Well, for a wild pattern, try the Le Smoking Jacket from Folkware. I've reviewed it on here.

If having a shawl collar, definately put some batting in it and quilt it. Add contrasting piping for sure. How about bias cut pockets, and add some rich pocket tops and contrast cuffs.

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Date: 8/10/13 6:54 PM

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Date: 8/10/13 9:44 PM

Donna, this is really fun and like nothing I've thought of. I was picturing something with a heavy, thick soft drape. Maybe I need more than one!

Stirwatersblue, I don't know, that fur is heavy, thick and soft. No way I'm shaving my head though. I'd really have to learn to do patchwork for the other one. Love the whole scene.

Craigrama- wow! Will have to investigate this one. Quite a saga to take it on.

Thanks all.

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Date: 8/10/13 11:11 PM

How about cotton velveteen with a bit of lycra. If you choose a shawl collar, you could use a funky or abstract charmeuse print, and then pipe with the same print on the collar and cuffs. You could also pipe the collar with velveteen and the cuffs with charmeuse. If you want the robe to wear over nightwear, you might want to line it with charmeuse, too, so it slips on easier. Fabricmart has a sale on 42" wide cotton velveteen for $1.99/yd. They only have two colors, though......mocha brown and muted grape.

I also like the robe in Donna's picture.

Hope your mom is doing ok.

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Date: 8/11/13 8:02 AM

http://veravelour.com/group.asp?group=148
Im going to sew myself one of these since there are no way Im going to pay that amount of Money to buy one

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Date: 8/12/13 2:51 AM

I have seen some very nice shawl collared wrap ones, made of machine washable and dryable stretch black velvet that look really sharp, particular if floor length. With something like that, if you even need to run out to the mail box in it, even outside for a moment, it's not a real big deal. As does not look to pajama-ey and you are covered. Not good if you have a really fuzzy shedding white cat or dog though! So if you want a fuzzy comfort fabric, and have a pet hair issue, then just like a carpet, maybe you have to keep in mind something that matches or blends in a bit more even

If you want kind of a subtle all the same color kind of extra embellishment, you could even use a overlocker cover stitch on it following some pattern or border motif, with the tension cranked up, to make pin tucks or even corded pin tucks in some kind pattern, on someplaces on it.
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Date: 8/12/13 3:44 AM

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How about cotton velveteen with a bit of lycra. If you choose a shawl collar, you could use a funky or abstract charmeuse print, and then pipe with the same print on the collar and cuffs. You could also pipe the collar with velveteen and the cuffs with charmeuse. If you want the robe to wear over nightwear, you might want to line it with charmeuse, too, so it slips on easier. Fabricmart has a sale on 42" wide cotton velveteen for $1.99/yd. They only have two colors, though......mocha brown and muted grape.

I love your suggestions and they are sparking lots of design ideas. Will check out the Fabricmart velveteen. Years ago, well before stretch wovens, I had a dark green velveteen floor-length, wrap robe, but had forgotten all about it!

I like the idea of doing creative embelishment, on a relatively small canvas- the shawl collar, sleeve cuff and pocket band. Perfect for experimental samples, pinning them to my form and tweaking them. I especially love your idea of print charmeuse lining and piping. It reminds me of a print charmeuse jumpsuit I made forever ago that had solid magenta piping. Thanks for the prompt!

Just dreaming about making a luxurious sensuous robe is soothing. I was never very girly about lingerie, but I'm reconsider what my more private clothes might be. It wasn't much of a focus before now.

In fact, I'm taking 2 long classes with Jan Bones, the Knit Nightie and Necklines, plus a trunk-show class to see all her stuff at the ETA SEWEXPO in Irvine, CA. The EXPO is sponsored by Peggy Sagers and is coming up in October. Also, taking a day-long bra-making class with Monica Bravo there. She is Ann Sinclair's (of Needle Nook fame) daughter. I signed up for the EXPO classes that interested me most and then wrote this post. I just fell into into it; only tonight did it dawn on me that it's all lingerie/intimate wear.

My mom has had some serious set backs, but seems to be coming back. Thanks for your good wishes, it means a lot. In light of spending long days in the hospital to make my mom more comfortable, I'm obviously seeking something comforting for myself.

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Pfonzie- my honey Pfaff Creative Performance, Bernina 930 and 830, Evolution serger.

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