The pattern has some really nice details that make it a skill-builder for beginners and a nice rewarding sew for intermediates. In-seam pockets mean you always have a place to put stuff, and the fixed waist-tie and belt loops mean the belt stays in place. Inside there is a hanging loop and little ties to keep the front closed. The sleeve hem-band, inset neckband and ties are perfect for contrast fabric.
I chose to sew View B, which is the shorter of two views, then further shortened it 1″ with a petite adjustment. I don’t think short people *need* to shorten it, but I do like the way it kept the bodice and sleeves trim and not too baggy! I sewed the largest size, XXL, and it fits nicely. Technically my bust fits the size down, but for a pattern like this, grading between sizes isn’t needed.
I used to think rayon challis was a real beast to sew with, but I’m starting to like it! The shapes in this pattern are so boxy that I didn’t find pieces stretched out of shape. The challis irons beautifully, and was very forgiving around the tricky inset neckband. (My top tips there are interface the right angle corner, baste, press, and only then do your final pass of stitching!) Now that my robe is finished, I love how it feels and drapes – and it doesn’t wrinkle nearly as badly as I feared!
I’ve literally worn this ever day since making it! I’m on vacation, so I wear pyjamas rather a lot of the time. I’m seriously eying some challis I bought to make a Charlie Caftan and thinking, “I’d wear a caftan once a month, but I’d wear a robe daily… Hmmm…” We’ll see what happens next!
I think this pattern will be wonderful for gift-making… a robe doesn’t have to fit very precisely, and it’s a pampering gift to receive. The sewing is more time-consuming than a t-shirt, for example, but easier than jeans!
So, ‘fess up: Is your bathrobe/dressing gown old and ratty? (My winter one is 6 years old and made with pink polkadot fleece, and I’ve never had a summer one before.) Have you ever made yourself a dressing gown? Is it time to treat yourself?