Keep Warm This Winter In A Traditional Snuggly Dressing Gown
Posted on Sunday the 1st January 2017 by Alison Jane
Hello everyone. I hope you have had a marvellous Christmas holiday and celebrated the New Year in hand made style.
This month I stepped right out of my comfort zone with both my pattern choice and my fabric choice. I wanted to make this for my mother, who is 84 and likes a button up full length dressing gown in non-fleecy fabric, very difficult to find on the high street.
Kwik Sew K3106 looked like the perfect pattern. I made View A but wanted to add some contrast piping for a bit of style and also elastic in the cuffs for comfort and warmth.
I made a size medium for my size 12, 5’ 4’’ mum, but would say that the sizing is very generous! And I made it using this beautiful Winceyette Fabric, a fabric I remember from my childhood, an old fashioned brushed cotton, very warm and snuggly. It comes in lots of colours, all beautiful pastels, and is really soft and so beautiful to work with.
The fabric comes in a narrow width, worth noting if you ever want to use it – I didn't notice this and was unable to squeeze all the pattern pieces out of my order, so used some contrast floral Winceyette I had lurking in the depths of my stash. I quite like the contrast yoke though and would definitely do that again! A happy ending! (I ordered 3 metres, but I have included 5 metres in my wishlist so you will have plenty of fabric to play with!)
The pattern is very straight forward to make, the instructions are very clear, and the fabric sewed up beautifully, being so easy to press and create a good finish. The pink Chambray Piping is so pretty and although my stitching is not always even, I think it makes a really nice edge to the yoke.
The beautiful pale blue buttons match the fabric beautifully and gave me a lot of good practice at stitching buttonholes with the automatic button hole feature on my sewing machine.
The pockets are a necessary addition to a dressing gown to keep hands warm or for keeping tissues!
I overlocked all raw edges so the insides are neat and tidy and smooth against mums skin.
I think this pattern would be really good made up in all sorts of fabrics for all age groups. It could also have a zip in a shorter version of the dressing gown, or just a tie belt to make it more of a robe, maybe in towelling or fleece, rounding off the yoke pattern piece. A very adaptable pattern that also has a nightdress option. I will definitely be using it again, to make a nightie for mum!
I hope you all feel inspired to make good old fashioned dressing gowns and nighties now for the chilly spring nights! Winceyette is definitely on my radar now for ‘lounge wear’!
Happy new year everyone.