So, since committing to the RTW fast, I have been concentrating on what I need for my wardrobe and trying to consider things that I can use to expand my sewing skills and my ability to actually finish projects. At Christmas, I committed to sewing robes for my sister, my 4 kids, and myself. I was able to use the days before Christmas (and the deadline) to finish my sister’s robe but the rest sat uncut and un-started. A couple weeks ago I traced off and cut out the kids size 8. I knew that I could fit that to 3 of the kids and hoped it would motivate me.
I’m using this pattern
– it is very easy to use and – not only that – it comes in both adult and kid sizes. The pattern calls for fleece or flannel and I had gotten a big supply of patterned flannel over Thanksgiving in the Joann’s Fabric sale and so got started. All of the kids were able to pick a pattern that they liked.
I used the serger for most of the seams but I did some topstitching of the placket and the hem and the ties look almost quilted. My son wasn’t too happy about posing for pictures but he put it on and loves the warmth of it. He chose a print that is colorful monsters – and that is what his scowl looks like to me. He is 12 1/2 years old and very small for his age – the 8 is such a good size for him width wise but definitely could use a few more inches in the length!
Next up – my 9 year old girl. She is on a monkey kick! Not only did she pick monkey fabric, her biggest request for Christmas was a monkey that coos and makes monkey baby noises! She is my extrovert for sure! She had no issues with allowing me to take as many pictures as I wanted.
She is just slightly less dramatic than her sister! Overall, these were good projects. I got really good at the finishing required and they came out pretty good. I know they will get a lot of use out of them.
My next projects, however, will be for me!