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Dec 28, 2013

A (Psychedelic) Robe for Mom



A few weeks ago my mother came over for lunch and said she needed a bathrobe, so we looked online and ordered one from Macy's (their Charter Club label).  Yesterday she told me it had arrived and was dreadful, so I told her to bring it down with her the next time she came over, and I'd return it for her.

Today I decided I might as well make her a robe, which has actually been on my long-neglected To-Sew-For-Mom list for a couple of years now.

I used the same vintage Butterick pattern (4025) I'd used to make her the housecoat below, only I added a center zipper instead of buttons and traded the Peter Pan collar for a simple band, her preferred style.

My mother actually dons this when she visits so she won't get dog hair on her slacks.

I used some vintage terrycloth I'd purchased the summer before last at a thrift store in Provincetown.  Very mod!



I picked up a long separating zipper at Sil Thread since I didn't have one on hand.



I think it's fun, but it might be a little too Jo Ann Worley for my mother.   Regardless, I hope she appreciates it -- I mean, how many sons could whip up something like this for their mother in an afternoon?  (And of those, how many would?)







Tomorrow I'll add pockets and hem and I'll give it to her on Monday.  If she likes the fit, I'd be willing to try again in a more luxurious fabric -- it's not difficult to make, especially since I eliminated the facings, which on a knit like this really aren't necessary.  Plus, most of the seams are serged.

How nice to make something that doesn't require hair canvas.  I'd wear this, wouldn't you?

Have a great day, everybody!

27 comments:

  1. Fab! I can't imagine a better schmatta to throw on in the mornings - Mom's a lucky gal. After all - is it really possible to be too Jo Ann Worley?

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  2. I LOVE it! Very cheerful. What a nice son you are :)

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  3. I love it! And such enthusiastic modelling despite the completely disinterested Michael in the background ;-)

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  4. I love it. I love that you do this for your mum :-)

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  5. Great colors; hope she loves it!

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  6. You look so much like your mom! I love it--so fun!! (And I love that in these photos, you are posing your heart out and Michael is all, "Meh, it's iPad time, baby."

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  7. Too funny! Love the way you matched up the pattern.

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  8. Those colors will bring back memories and the shape...divine! Big pockets for loads of tissues and mints and TV Guide. You are a super son!!!!! Happy new year!

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  9. I'd wear it - great colours and how many sons could (and then would) make it indeed! Great son!

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  10. The robe is looking lovely. Yeah, really. How many sons would whip up a robe like that for his mom?! I'm going to have my teenage son read your post!

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  11. Goodness your Mother looks cute. The perfect happy face to match this über cherry print! Rachel :-)

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  12. I love it! I hope she does as well.

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  13. You are a great son ~ definitely a keeper ... J

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  14. It's groovy baby. Your Mom will love it, if Cathy doesn't grab it first.

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  15. The amazing technicolor housecoat! I think it is gorgeous and I'm sure your mom will love it.

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  16. I'm sure you mom will love it. She certainly looks like she loves the housecoat, which, by the way, reminds me of some sheets I used to have, way back when . . . You are a talented man.

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  17. Groovy baby! I'd sure wear it.

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  18. It makes me smile, what more can you ask of a robe?If my son made me a robe like that (he knows how to sew but doesn't do it), I would be proud to wear it. Heck, I would find reasons to wear it and boast to people.
    You and your mom have such a great relationship.
    regards,
    Theresa

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  19. Clearly you're the perfect son! I'd totally wear it.

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  20. My favorite colors! I expect her to love it. Your backgrounds with Michael are always interesting :)

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  21. What a remarkably cheerful housecoat to match the wonderful smiles of Mother and son. It will brighten her day just like you have ours.

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  22. Ally - Design Rewind Fashions on EtsyJanuary 1, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    How sweet of you to make this for her! The colors are so cheerful it is sure to help any wearer be in their Happy Place :)

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