Sunday, January 24, 2010

Another birthday gift

I finished Melissa's birthday robe today. It came out very, very cute and I think it is perfect for a young lady turning 22!

The pattern I used was McCall's M5989 from the Easy/endless options line. It is for a misses robe, belt, top, nightgown, shorts and pants.

I used 'Ultra Cuddle fleece' that I picked up at JoAnn's when they where having one of the year end sales. I still have enough of this fleece left to make a matching pajama set of pants and a top. However, I am not sure that I want to!! While this fabric is a dream to cuddle with, rub your cheek against and just generally fondle... it is awful to work with. It sheds like crazy along cut edges and makes a HUGE mess everywhere. Thank goodness I have a serger, otherwise it would have taken me forever to finish every seam.

I included the picture from the pattern front of the robe. As you can see the arm and lower ruffles on the model are quite a bit more ruffled than in my version. I honestly think the super ruffle on the arm looked a bit much. So instead of doing a traditional gathering technique of running 2 lines of stitches and then gathering it up I just used the differential feed on my serger to do a slight gather and I did a rolled hem on the gathers to keep it from being too bulky.

I really like this robe, it is fun and up to date and not a 'granny' robe!

Top: my version
Below: McCall's version

The fabric and the mess!!
It was everywhere... it even followed me through the house,
I had to vacuum quite a bit to get it all up!

Close up of the front

Back View

I think she is going to love it! (or at least I hope so!) Now I just hope that she doesn't decide to take a look at mom's blog to see what I have been up to. I really doubt that will happen since she is so darn busy with school right now.
But... just in case... Mel if you do happen to check this out do me a favor and act surprised anyway!! LOL!
While I was sitting at my machine I kept hearing this crinkling noise and finally I heard a tearing noise. I got up and there was Baby Blue with one paw through the sleeve pattern and the lower corner of it happily in her mouth! She heard me get up and walk around the table and she just froze, maybe she was thinking that if she did not move I would not see her eating the pattern piece??? Silly dog!

The chewed up pattern piece

My sewing room helpers :)

1 comment:

  1. I love it! Your daughter is going to love it too...very upbeat and something you definitely wouldn't find ready-made, which makes it even more special.
    I also have fur friends that watch me sew...aren't they the best!!


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