I have plenty of clothes, so how can I justify making more?
Here, my friends came to the rescue (actually they probably have more clothes than me but it’s their guilt now not mine).
On our weekly zoom chat I was moaning about having lots of fabric and wanting to sew but not needing anything. My friends said ‘you could make something for us’
I am generally not keen on making things for other people. Too many of us have got used to the idea that clothes are not valued, and are disposable. I have seen this in practice when sorting through charity shop donations. I choose my gift makes carefully.
In this instance the gifts were to be Helen’s closet Suki robe’s. This pattern works best in light weight fabrics to be used as a summer dressing gown. It’s good to make as a gift because there are not too many fitting issues – loose fit, wrap front.
I gave my friends some 100% cotton fabric options to choose from then ordered accordingly.
I made this one from fabric bought on ebay for £9 per metre, 2.5 metres purchased. My friend identifies with Sicily so I chose the lemon fabric. There is huge error which is the lemons hang upwards but I was focussing on the leaves which I thought lookd better pointing upwards.
I made this one from Japanese fabric purchased online for £18 per metre, 3 metres purchased.
This is probably the best quality fabric I have ever sewed. It just oozed quality. The birds and colours are amazing, I think they are storks. Despite this being a size small, there was not much fabric left over from the 3m I bought. I imagined myself pattern matching but that was beyond my skill level and I had to content myself with all the birds flying in the same direction.
I tried both on, and the lemons one, being my size, was a lovely fit, but disconcertingly the stork print looked all wrong because it would not close properly and even the neck was too small. I will just have to hope that Helen knows what she is doing and this will look wonderful on my small sized friend.
Having sewed 2 Suki robes in 4 days I am now familiar with the pattern and have some observations.
- French seam the shoulder seams
- Don’t bother with the belt loops
- The front overlap is quite small, don’t skimp on sizing in this area.
- Its a great pattern
I love sewing, its rewarding and challenging.