HOW TO MAKE… A DRESSING GOWN
Cotton fabric, 115 x 325cm (453/ x 128") 8 (we used Tanya Whelan’s Lola fabric for FreeSpirit in Paisley, Blue) Matching sewing thread
This dressing gown was made for Sunday mornings. And Saturday mornings. In fact, pretty much any morning when you don’t feel like getting showered and dressed straight away, but don’t want to look like you’ve just fallen out of bed. We’ve got our eye on it for Christmas Day for a relaxed yet presentable look, and it would make a lovely gift for a friend or family member.
H & Sammy have chosen a lightweight cotton fabric, but cotton waffle would work just as well for that luxury hotel feel, or opt for a fleecy fabric if you’re after a snuggly finish. Wash your fabric first in case it shrinks slightly, and use a seam allowance of 1.5cm ( 5 /8") throughout unless stated.
Wash and iron your fabric before starting, then fold in half along the length with wrong sides ( WS) together. Photocopy and cut out your pattern pieces using the templates on page 98, then pin them to the fabric as shown in the template diagram. Cut out all pattern pieces from the fabric.
02 Sew around the curved edges on each piece, 0.5cm (¼") in from the edge, to prevent the edges of the fabric from stretching.
03 With right sides (RS) together, place the front pieces onto the back piece, aligning the raw edges of the front and back sides. Pin and sew along both side seams.
04 Pin one sleeve front and one sleeve back RS together, aligning the raw edges as shown. Sew along the length of the curved shoulder and underarm seams.
05 Fold over the cuff of your sleeve to the WS by 0.5cm (¼"), press, then fold over again by 2.5cm (1"). Press and sew, then repeat Steps 4–5 for the second sleeve.
06 Turn one sleeve right side out. Holding the body towards you, pin the sleeve to the armhole edge all the way around the outside, with RS together and matching the markings. Sew around the edge joining sleeve to body.
07 Repeat Step 6 to sew the second sleeve onto the remaining armhole of the garment body.
08 Fold over the hem at the bottom of your gown to the WS by 0.5cm (¼"), press, then fold over again by 2.5cm (1"). Press and sew in place.
09 With RS facing, sew the two neck band pieces together along one short edge. Fold over the hem along one long edge of the sewn band to the WS by 1cm ( 3 /8"), then press in place.
10 Pin the raw long edge of the neck band to the raw edge of the garment with RS together, starting at the centre back neckline and working your way to the bottom hem. There will be roughly 1cm ( 3 /8") overhanging the bottom of the body at either side. Sew along the edge of the band.
11 Cut small notches along the seam allowance between the garment and the band where it curves to remove any bulk, being careful not to cut the seam. Press the seam towards the band.
12 Fold up the bottom overhang of the band to align with the bottom of the gown, then fold the band over to the WS of the gown. Top stitch all the way around the edge of the band.
13 Fold over all four edges of the tie casing to the WS by 0.5cm (¼") and pin it along the waistline on the back of the gown. Sew in place along the two long edges.
14 With RS together, pin and sew the two tie pieces along one short edge. Fold the tie in half along the length with RS together, pin, then sew along the length, 0.5cm (¼") in from the raw edge.
15 Turn the tie through to the RS and press. Neatly slip stitch the short ends closed, then thread through the tie casing at the back to finish your dressing gown.
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Find this Sock Pattern on page 83
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