We’re Still Here!

We both just managed to each have a case of what will now be referred to as “The Worst Flu Ever.” First I was sick, and Josh was so wonderful taking care of me, and then I started to get better and Josh got hit with it even worse that I. But we’re on the mend, and will hopefully resume our regularly scheduled programming here at Sewer-Sewist shortly.

Meanwhile… Before our untimely case of the flu, I was busy being frustrated with my attempt to make this lovely kimono-style robe from a Burda World of Fashion from this spring.

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It’s adorable, right? I think so, too. And it’s a very simple pattern as well.

Unfortunately, I totally lunched when I was measuring and cutting all the bands for the sleeves, hem, neck and front and neglected to add the seam allowances. I discovered this when I was sewing the sleeve bands together. I know, a totally bone-headed/dumb-ass/nitwit move. I did, however, manage to get the bands together on the sleeves, but the rest of the garment, no dice. So, I was in the midst of contemplating whether I wanted to re-cut all the bands (I have enough fabric, but, come on, it’s a robe) or piece together a few squares and call it a day. (Can you tell which way I’m leaning?)

Either way, I think it’s going to be a pretty darn cute robe. It’ll go nicely with the snazzy Amy Butler Lounge Pants from In Stitches that I made out of the same fabric combination. (I haven’t posted those yet, because I wanted to share the whole “ensemble” together.) Here’s a preview:

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Last year, I was on quest–a serious quest–to find this gnome fabric from Heather Ross. It was out of stock everywhere. I had seen it once, and there seemed to be a citywide run on the stuff. So I did something I never do–because I don’t need to, we’ve going sewing resources like crazy here in Portland–and ordered five yards online from ReproDepot the second they got it back in stock. (Yeah, I went a bit crazy. No one really “needs” five yards of gnome fabric.) Since I don’t quilt, it took me all this time to figure out what the hell to do with my gnomes. Pajamas seemed like the logical choice.

Hope y’all are staying healthy this fall! Take care of yourselves!

~Sarah

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  1. I totally did the EXACT SAME THING with the seam allowances on a Burda pattern recently–I even checked to see if they were included, convinced myself they were, and cut out the whole blouse without them. I decided to say, “Screw it!” and stitched it together without them (I did a 1/4″ all around), and then gave the blouse to my daughter who is itty bitty compared to me. Done and done.

    Oh, and the gnomes? Also had a passionate moment for them and bought yards and yards. But, as I tell my sewing students all the time, I realized years ago that you can make very little from one yard, and not much from two, so at some point you might as well get five, and from there it’s a short leap to, “I’ll just take whatever’s left on the bolt, please. And can you throw in the bolt?” Which is why half my garage is now fabric storage. (Contented sigh here.)

  2. looks like the gnomes are gone from repro depot! waaaa I have a friend who was looking high and low for that fabric!

  3. I keep hearing about this flu … I’m scared. Must. Save. Up. Sick. Days.

    Oh, and gnomes. I am so going to have to track down some of that fabric. Perhaps it will be my “return to sewing” project. For this fellow: http://www.tacomagnome.blogspot.com.

    :)

    (Sigh — I remember making dresses and all sorts of stuff once upon a time … but it’s been YEARS. Decades? No, not quite. But a long time.)

  4. love love love the Gnomes! I’m glad to hear your feeling better, Sarah, and Josh has my complete sympathies! Promise you’ll post the robe in use??

  5. I wanna see you with those big ole curlers in your hair. Hey, I finally finished that knit dress that I started last year that had such a fit problem at the back neck – tore the facing apart and added two darts and viola, a lovely dress that Zoller even commented on today. Stay well!

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