Kimono Style dressing gown

I found this cotton at Ikea and with it’s Japanese style print and dual tone colour scheme it was just crying out to be a Kimono Style dressing gown.  So that’s what I did.

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For the pattern I took guidance from Erin’s knit robe for bridal shower presents.  I also looked at To Be Continued and another one that I can’t find now! In the end the pattern was a combination of multiple patterns plus looking at my own winter dressing gown.

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The whole thing came together pretty quickly (yay for overlocker on most of the seams!) and I like how the contrast fabric works with the colar band.  The sleeves are pretty wide but it sort of goes with the Kimono-esque design.

IMG_6441I also added slits up the side for ease of walking. I’m hoping to get lots of wear out of it this summer.

I am pretty happy with how it came out.  The one thing that is a little disappointing is that the fabric is quite stiff and I was hoping for a softer cotton feel.  Hopefully after a few washes it will be better.

Any thoughts on how to make cotton more supple and soft?

Pattern: A combination of a bunch of online tutorials

Fabric: Fish and Fan printed cotton from Ikea

Alterations: First version of my own patter

Do it again: Maybe…but I’m not sure how many gowns a girl can have!  Next time definitely pick a really soft fabric

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One Lovely Blog Award

What a lovely suprise to receive a nomination for the One Lovely Blog Award. Thank you so much to Kyrah Banks for nominating me for this award.

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Here are the rules:

1. Thank the person who nominated you for the award.
2. Display the One Lovely Blog Award on your blog.
3. Share seven things about yourself.
4. Nominate fifteen (15) bloggers. Inform them by commenting on their blog.

7 Things about me…hmmm

1.The first thing I knitted, aged 5, was a stuffed Land Rover

2. I like to dance in the kitchen when I eat chocolate

3. One of my favourite jobs was being a water ski instructor

4. I met my husband on an uphill in a bike race

5. I hate shoe shopping. I have horrendous feet and most shoes for me are impossible to wear or totally uncomfortable

6. I have studied in 4 different countries

7. I sewed my wedding dress and 4 bridesmaids dresses but had no idea what I was getting myself into!

I nominate the following bloggers:

1. Good Better Best

2. Lady Stitcher

3. After Dark Sewing

4. Sewing Goddess

5. Sew Well

6. Sew Delicious

7. Just Sew Therapeutic

8. Sew Maris

9. Seamstress Erin

10. Lladybird

11. Made-by-Rae

12. The Girl who Quilts

13. Little Betty Sews

14. My Fabrication

15. Attic 24

I realise that some of you may not want to post the award on your blogs. That’s cool. I just wanted to share the love 🙂

Congrats and thanks for visiting.

The Mile High Crochet Club

I just got back from an overseas trip to a conference (and some family time) in South Africa. This of course means no sewing, no blogging and some very long air plane flights.  Because I have a hard time doing nothing and feel that sitting idle is wasted time that could be used productively, the solution to the problem was to take my crochet project on the plane with me! I’m not a major crochet’er but I enjoy the therapeautic repetition that comes with row after row of neat little crochet stitches. And it’s a fun winter project especially for trains, waiting rooms and now planes!

I assumed that I was a bit of an anomaly and did get some interested looks from around the cabin.  But to my suprise, a woman on ‘granny duty’ walking her toddler granddaughter up and down the aisle, stopped to chat and mentioned that she too had brought her crochet on the plane and we chatted about the tips we had learned about inflight crochet’ing.

DSCN2712This bright, happy rainbow ripples blanket is a work in progress and I’ll have to talk more about it when it’s done.  For now I wanted to celebrate my debut as a member of the ‘Mile High Crochet Club’ and share some tips that I’ve learned along the way:

1. Choose a bamboo crochet hook – They are less likely to show up on the security scan and people feel less intimidated by bamboo than by metal

2. Keep your scissors out of your project bag – Scissors will definitely show up on the scanner and will be confiscated.  Not ideal if they are your favourite little embroidery snips.

3. Let your yarn ends dangle – Because you don’t have scissors you will find that if you’re changing colours (as I was), you will have to let your yarn ends (and ball of yarn) dangle at the end of your colour.  This is a little annoying but not really a problem as long as your yarn ball is tied up neatly.  If not, you could have a huge mess on your hands.

4. Bring enough yarn – Make sure you bring enough of the yarn you intend to you use for your project.  There is nothing worse than getting in your crochet groove and running out of your red line when you only have a few centimeters to go.  And there is NOTHING you can do at 31,000ft!

5. Rest your eyes – The air in planes in notoriously dry and you are most likely tired, watching movies and trying to crochet  in pretty dismal light.  Use your overhead light but rest your eyes when they start to feel scratchy and get some sleep if you can.

Are you a member if the Mile High Crochet (or Knitting) Club?

I’d love to hear from you.