About a month ago, I finished my first sewing project for myself. Actually, I take that back. My very first personal sewing project was this:
A fairy godmother costume for myself (and that’s my little Gus-Gus.) It was fun, but not really all that practical. I haven’t worn it since Halloween!
My recently finished project was a new robe for myself. And, I have to say, this robe is sooo cozy, I just love it.
It comes complete with large pockets on the outside. Oddly enough, the pockets were probably the hardest part. Not that they were all that difficult, but the instructions were worded in a way that made them seem more complicated than they actually were.
I used Simplicity 1946 to make this. This is a fantastic pattern for someone learning to sew (or learning to use patterns). It is a “Learn to Sew” pattern, which means the instructions are a little more detailed and have explanations of techniques a beginner might not be familiar with it. I loved it!
Mistakes? Well, this was the only real oopsie of the project. If you look at that picture, you might see a weird, lumpy spot. I was turning the waist-tie right side out, which is kind of a tricky proposition. I was using a wooden dowel to help me turn it and I got a little over-zealous because I was tired and wanted the turning to be finished! Well, the dowel ended up breaking right through the middle of the fabric—not even in the seam! The only thing I could do was patch it up as best I could. Luckily it isn’t noticeable and, since it is for me, I don’t have to worry about anyone seeing or caring about it!
And here I am, relaxing in my new cozy robe. You know, just casually reading a magazine in bed, like I do every morning. That’s believable, right? Ha!
Seriously, I love this robe and think I might be making it again for gifts. It didn’t take me long to make, which is an added bonus. So if you’re looking for a relatively simple project that will still teach you something new, this might be the one!