Saturday, December 24, 2011

The UFO Robe - Done!

From her bedroom window, I took this from the front porch.

So I started making this robe over a year ago.  I think I cut it out about the same time I did Felicity's pajamas.  Its McCall's 4646. The thing I realized after cutting out the robe is that it is HUGE. She has more than enough room to grow.  Originally I had planned on putting piping on the pockets but I didn't feel like fiddling with it at the time.  After getting it mostly stitched up, though, the pockets were near invisible.

Near invisible pockets.

So, after looking at it for a while I decided to do a blanket stitch around them with silk buttonhole thread out of the huge box of vintage thread Mom gave me a few months before everything imploded. When Felicity saw me doing this she gave me a big hug and said "I love you!". I kinda melted.

Stitching in progress.
As you can see, the one on the left was the second and much neater attempt.

 Now noticeable pockets!
Felicity picked out probably the gaudiest of buttons, which is good because anything else would have been completely lost on this print. In going through all the photos I realize this was the case cause the only picture you really notice them on is this one:

Super Pout, and buttons.
 The robe is definitely long enough. I have an inch or so for the arms and the length of the robe before she'll be too big for it. So hopefully a couple years of love.  I did "faux French seams" on the inside and of course the yoke is completely enclosed. The only thing I didn't d this on is the armhole seams but I'm going to cover those with bias tape once I get her out of the thing.

After doing this little "photo shoot" with her I've decided I need to invest in a few reflectors and a slave-flash that I can bounce off the wall for extra light.  Still, after some super cropping and some playing in photoshop I got this one photo that made me go "WOW" and want to buy a shotgun.

70's Glamour

So that's it really. Don't expect much more out of me until after the New Year. Hope you had a Happy Solstice, Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas and whatever else I might have missed!


  1. She looks beautiful, the robe looks awesome, and not being able to get it away from them long enough to put on the finishing touches is DEFINITELY a good sign. I love the blanket-stitch on the pockets, too---it looks so cozy!

    And, I know that shotgun feeling. >_<

  2. I have a shotgun and buck shot to go in it. I will paint it white if you like. Love Dad.