A few weeks ago I discovered a fabric that I new had to become something I would wear all the time. This fabric is so soft, so perfect. The constellations are right up my alley right now. So I give you my horoscope for today from the Oregonian:
“You are more eager than ever to engage in clever conversations or flirtatious behavior today. But you might find yourself lost in a crowd as the dramatic Leo New Moon activates your 11th House of Social Networking. You may be quite rigid in your thinking today because Leo is a fixed sign. You don’t want to just go with the flow. You have an agenda in mind and are determined to stick to it, even if progress is temporarily slow. As journalist Jim Watkins wrote, “A river cuts through a rock not because of its power, but its persistence.”
And so, I sewed a robe.
I have a robe that I adore. It is a red paisley flannel and my mom made it for me when I was about 15. She had made me this matching cat doll in pajamas… I wanted a snow board. But here is the reality. At 15, she made me something I needed, something that I have used almost everyday for the past 21 years. I think she had an insight that I didn’t. Especially since I never picked up snowboarding.
The summer isn’t really a great time for double flannel though. This breezy double gauze is. I made up a pattern as I went basing it off of the tutorial at Melly Sews. I didn’t use her exact method, but got a good start on it by thinking in rectangles.
2 for the front, 1 for the back, 2 for the sleeves. slight angle to the neckline. I also did all french seams so that they were finished and enclosed.
I wanted this to be a summer robe, a short sleeve, knee length number that was slightly fitted. I don’t like it when the cross front gapes. I’m not into the flashing of my upper thigh or my non existent cleavage. I made this to be comfortable for me.
This is a double gauze by Kokka, I got my yardage at Nic and Fig’s in Lake Oswego, and I am so excited to put it on every morning, afternoon, evening… well whenever I want to really.