My inspiration was the dressing gown Lucille Ball wore on her TV show. I used to watch her show when I was a kid and I always thought her dressing gown seemed so glamorous, as were many of the dressing gowns appearing in the movies.
I’m a beginner. I’ve sewn less than a dozen items in my lifetime. This dressing gown was based on an advanced pattern: Vogue 2714. I altered the front, collar and sleeves. I kept the sides and back the same. I chose a cotton velour with a cotton lining that I washed and dried the way I would normally. I really wanted to make sure that this item would be easy to care for.
This was a challenge. First, I wasn’t planning on entering. I have had a very eventful year. However, when I received the email from Harman Hay on January 13th, “Competiton Time” I just had to see if I could do this. Everything, from purchasing the fabric to sewing the dressing gown was done from that that day. I wanted to challenge myself ~ for me, this was an exercise to build confidence.
This is the first time I successfully sewed sleeves ☺ Making alterations on the fly was a challenge. The short amount of time that I was working with was a challenge. I’ve never sewn velvet before.
Things I’d change if I were doing it over: I’d use a silkier material for the lining and maybe a silk velvet or some other material that isn’t as heavy ~ although this will be lovely for the coldest winter nights. Also, I’d work out the changes in muslin first.
Things I liked: It feels glamorous, yet casual. Add a clip and I can wear it to the theatre. If someone comes over I can put this on over pjs, or nightgown and I feel “dressed.”