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Style: 4871 - Type:Sleepwear    printable version
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Reviewed by:Dilliander
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Posted on:10/31/13 9:16 PM
Last Updated:10/31/13 9:25 PM
Pattern Size:Petite 
Project Photo:Style: 4871 by Dilliander

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Pattern Description:

Style 1980s robe with tie belt, patch pockets and wrap over front.

Pattern Sizing:

Small/petite - the pattern only came in one size which is based on a 1980s 10-12.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Yes, although the drawing appears to be more fitted and I wouldn't describe the pattern as either small or petite.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

There is nothing outstanding about the pattern per se, except it has sentimental attachment being the first garment I sewed using my then new Bernette overlocker in the mid 1980s. The pattern even had small pieces of white towelling fluff embedded in the cut edges from this project.

Fabric Used:

4 huge (1m x 2m) Oxford Square Mega Cotton Towels from Aldi.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

* Square shoulder adjustment
* Reduced depth of armhole (& sleeve) by 2cm front/back
* Lengthened gown by 50cm for a single fold hem

Construction notes

The garment itself is reasonably straight forward to sew, for me the main difficulty was the weight of the towelling, its propensity to shed fluff far and wide, and its bulk (on seams). With this in mind I thought I'd share a few tips (not all novel but they did make the project easier).

* seam edges were ovelocked up front to reduce fluff
* the shoulder seams were firmly stabilised with fusible seam tape to support and help stop distortion from the sleeve weight
* armscyes were seamed, trimmed to minimise bulk, then topstitched as a faux felled seam
* DIFF 1.3 was used on the overlocker/serger to tension bias areas likely to stretch during construction (shoulders and CF neckline)
* the neckline was staystitched (as per pattern instructions)
* the decorative edge of the towels was used on the pockets/sleeves/band and gave a lovely alternative finish to piping, with much less bulk (as it is woven into the fabric piece without seams) and I think it will be more durable than piping too
* pockets are lined (with woven cotton from a previous project) - somehow the lining makes them feel more luxe but the main purpose originally had been to contain the fluff
* a low bulk but sturdy hanging hook is attached at the back neck (this was the weak link in the first gown, although the gown itself lasted almost 20 years)

Finally I became BFF with the lint roller and hand held hoover, these were most helpful in limiting spread of fluff throughout the house

Finished photos


Decorative towelling edge on pockets, cuffs and band

Pocket construction


The towels were a great idea (my husband's in fact) and made sewing this type of gown much easier as seam bulk was significantly reduced and in some instances (such as the sleeve bands) seams were completely eliminated.

These mega towels have been taking up almost half a shelf in the linen cupboard for several years, so its lovely to have a new gown but equally to have reclaimed the cupboard space.

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velosewer said...
You've come up with an excellent way to use towels and reuse them for clothes Sandra.
10/31/13 10:05 PM
Dee2 said...
What a great robe--it looks super comfy & is a real classic too. Thanks for the construction tips.
10/31/13 10:05 PM
ArtAttack said...
What a great idea that turned into a fabulous robe!
10/31/13 10:32 PM
Sharonspils said...
Fantastic use of the towels and love how you have used the edges.
11/1/13 0:17 AM
mm said...
What a great dressing gown. I love the idea of using towels.
11/1/13 0:59 AM
BeaJay said...
That looks so great and cozy. Love the idea of using towels and the towel embellishments. Lovely.
11/1/13 1:00 AM
Sigrid. said...
Wonderful, I'd like one too! What a great idea to use the towels and the edges of it. And how nice to have such memories of a pattern and even find some fluff from the first time you made it. Precious.
11/1/13 5:54 AM
GoodbyeValntino said...
A clever use of towels indeed! Love the placement of the decorative towel edge. Very nice!
11/1/13 8:13 AM
GatorDenise said...
Love it! I had the idea to do this a while back but have never followed through. Glad to see how well yours worked out! : )
11/1/13 4:20 PM
margy.64 said...
Great use of towels and very clever to use the decorative edges in your robe.
11/1/13 5:13 PM
QuiltSewSewSue said...
My go-to dressing gown pattern is a Style patten from the same era. They don't really change over time. Great idea to use the towels!
11/2/13 0:46 AM
FloraNature said...
What a great dressing gown! Such a clever use of the towel edges!
11/2/13 6:52 AM
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