Monday, February 22, 2016

Almada Robe : a Lovefest

Dressing gown, robe, kimono, cover-up, wrapper.  Call it what you will but I am a total sucker for them. I get so much use out of my Nani Iro kimono robe (it is total double-gauzy-dreaminess) but was instantly taken with the lastest Almada Robe from the February Seamwork magazine. I made two in two nights, both gifts sadly. Sadly because I want to keep them for myself. I have dreams of a liberty version... Wouldn't that be perfect? 

Some notes

  • I made up the XS as both my recipients are quite petite. It fits me pretty well so I think I will stick to that size. As this style is a fairly generous fit it makes sewing for a gift pretty easy!
  • This pattern is drafted so beautifully. The gorgeous curves of the seams and cut-on sleeve means using French seams is a breeze. (I always get caught on how-to French seam the right-angle corner of the sleeve/body in a traditional kimono pattern. This pattern negates that with a beautiful curved seam. ) 
  • Fabric used is a printed rayon (navy) and a poly crepe (cream). Both have a lovely drape and heaviness to them.
  • I used bought satin binding (navy robe) and self bias (cream robe) for the neckline. 
  • Cutting and sewing time was definitely in the 2 hours recommended- a quick sew! 
  • Seriously, the trickiest thing for me was doing a baby hem in the slippery fabrics. More practice needed! 
  • I still need to sew on the fastening snap... tonight!!
  • Edited to add, if you left of the ties and the snap, this would make a lovely "fashion" kimono to wear out-and-about (not just at the breakfast table!).

This is a lovely pattern, an interesting yet easy sew and feels so glamorous to wear! I hope my recipients like them as much as I do!