For my lab project, I wanted something quick and easy but also something to use up some fabric I had lying around. I was quite proud that I managed to use only stash fabric for this although it did require some very easy pattern alteration. I’ll admit, it came out a little Hugh Heffner looking, but I’m still happy with it. (Yes these photos are taken in my husband’s studio since he had it set up anyways.)
I used Simplicity 3696 for the pattern. I also used this to post my first every review on Pattern Review. I’ve been a member for a while but have never posted any reviews. Time for me to finally give back 🙂
The link to my review is here.
Here is the review for those of you that don’t frequent Pattern Review:
Pattern Description: Misses sleepwear including a robe, a nightie, and a t-shirt and shorts pajama set.
Pattern Sizing: Runs a bit large (for the robe at least). Recommend making a size smaller.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? It was so easy! I liked that there were no darts. I had just completed something much more difficult so this was a nice one to do afterwards. Also, I really liked the raglan sleeves. Made it really easy to piece together. Also makes it easy to use a serger if desired.
Fabric Used: Cotton for the body and satin for the accents.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Several. Mostly they were done because I didn’t have enough fabric and I was trying to use only stash items (which I did!).
- Added cuffs. This required making a separate pattern piece from the arm piece.
- Added the accent to the top of the pocket. I probably could have just attached it, but I made a separate pattern piece again.
- Sewed the tie to the back of robe so that when I toss it in the wash, it doesn’t get lost. Also, this means it’s always centered. Here’s a picture of the back.
- Shortened it. Again because I didn’t have enough fabric. But I prefer the slightly shorter length anyhow. I think I only shortened it by about 5-7″.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Don’t really need more than one, but for sure just because it’s easy and fun. I would make a smaller size next time. I would definitely recommend it to others. In fact I just gave the pattern to a friend so she could make one too! (So maybe that means I won’t be sewing it again since I no longer have my pattern . . .)
Conclusion: Great pattern. Quick to finish. Easy to sew and easy to alter.