Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Progress on the Blue Robe

I have made a bit of progress on the robe. Here you can see the bodice attached to the skirt. I pleated the skirt with five half space rows and will add a bit of smocking to the top two or three rows. I haven't decided what kind, or even what color, but will get to that eventually. I think white might be best as it will go nicely with the embroidered edge. The pleating is very loose as the skirt only has a moderate fullness. Even if I was not intending on smocking, pleating is a very good way to gather fabric, especially if you are good at pleating, which I am not. But I do need to improve my pleating skills so this helps. It took me three times before I got it right.

I added the embroidery on the sleeves, that button above the sleeve is just visiting from another project.

Close up in which you can see the finish on the edging. I trimmed the edges to a scant 3/8 inch (1.5 cm) and rolled and whipped the edge. Then I topstitched the bit of the seam allowance down so it won't wiggle around and fold over on the embroidery edge.

I'm afraid that's all for now. I should be able to get the sleeves in today and start thinking about smocking.

Note: For those of you who follow Bunny of La Sewista! she will be taking attending a Claire Shaeffer workshop in Palm Springs (only a two hour drive from here) on the Chanel Jacket. I had no idea she was so close, and am tentatively planning on attending the January session.  I can't make it the May session as I am taking a class at our local community college and the final is the week after the Jacket class. I don't want to jeopardize my good grade so late in the semester. At any rate, I am really looking forward to Bunny's posts of her class and the jacket she will be making.


  1. This is so pretty, Cynthia. I think I would wear it all day! White smocking will be perfect, with maybe a blue "shadow" here or there.

  2. You make me want to sew something for myself again. This is going to be a beautiful robe; something you could never buy in an average shop. Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Thanks to both of you! It's driving me slightly mad. I sewed one of the sleeves inside out, and am trying to figure out the smocking. Oh, and I accidentally cut into the skirt fabric while trimming the seam allowance. Luckily, it was in the hem area.

  4. Sta venendo proprio un bel lavoro, alla fine sarai molto orgogliosa. Anch'io userei il bianco per il punto smocking. Baci


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