How to Make a Fleece Lounging Gown

Make a Fleece Lounging Gown to slip into after a long day at work or relax after a hectic day with the family. This gown is a great project for beginner seamstresses! This post contains affiliate links. I will make a small commission from your purchase at no additional charge to you. Thank you for your support!

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Successful sewing comes from knowing what to make!

This fleece fabric caught my eye at the fabric store recently. Loved the soft color pallet!

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Fleece fabric is easy to cut and sew.

 

Fleece Lounging is King

Making anything with fleece is always a good idea. Fleece is inexpensive, easy to sew and comes in tons of great patterns and colors. Fleece is also stretchy and very forgiving for new sewers who aren’t exactly sure of them selves. This project is easy to whip up in a single afternoon without a lot of fuss.

It’s been a while since I have sewn much for myself. However, I have stocked up on fabric and patterns for a major sewing project in the future! More to come on that soon!

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This pattern is Mc Calls 7061.(affiliate link)

I am sure I will be making several more of these lounging gowns, perhaps even a couple of them for holiday gifts.

Speaking of gifts, check out my pattern shop for more handmade gift ideas here.

The robe features a hood and a “kangaroo” style pocket which I love for keeping my cell phone close by. You could also make some booties or leggings to keep your feet and legs warm (they are included in this pattern). The modesty of this piece was one of the things that attracted me to it. Love the coverage in this garment! It feels cozy enough that I could run to the grocery store or chat with family members without having to worry about being too “exposed”.

Sewing with fleece is easy to use because you don’t have to finish the seams. The seams will never unravel, even with repeated washing. Also, they have improved the overall quality of the fleece so much that it rarely pills with wear. I always purchase the “pill proof” version of the fabric which costs a little bit more. But, the regular fleece is greatly improved as well and I have never had many problems with it. Alternatively, you could use a ponte knit, french terry or a heavier weight knit jersey for this project.

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Since I didn’t quite have enough fabric, I added a center back seam. You can barely even tell it’s there with the printed fabric.

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Sewing Pattern Adjustments

For this pattern, I didn’t need to change anything in the sewing directions. The instructions were easy to follow and it went together quickly. The sizing is good and quite generous, so the only alteration I had to make was in the length. Overall I added a total of 2″ to the lenth of the gown (I prefer knee length) and could have added even a bit more. True knee length for me would require an addition of 3-4″. Most of the time I sew patterns more than once before I am content with the way they turn out and I plan to make another gown like this in french terry with the additional length adjustment.

Fleece doesn’t shrink in the laundry so that is another plus. I didn’t have to prewash the fabric before cutting, which I usually do. As a general rule, always prewash your fabrics for the best results before cutting.

The fabric store was short on the grey printed fleece, so I used solid grey fleece on the hood and sleeves. I like the contrast of the two fabrics, sometimes unexpected obstacles create the best results!

You can find similar grey patterned fabric here on my Amazon affiliate link.

You can find solid grey fleece fabric here on my Amazon affiliate link.

Sewing Technique and Tips

Honestly, I just used a regular straight stitch for this garment. The fleece is a bit thicker than most fabrics so you may need to use a walking foot or increase your stitch length to keep it flowing smoothly through your sewing machine. The stitch length I used was 3.5, a bit longer then my usual 2.5 for this garment. No special thread or needles are required so it’s a breeze to sew! Love how it turned out!

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Great project for holiday gifts!

If you like this project, try some of these other ideas:

Sewing a Fleece Robe

How to Sew a Satin Robe

Sewing with Lace

Sewing with Lace: Part 2

How to Hem Jeans

 

 

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20 Trendy Thanksgiving Tablescapes

Thanksgiving is just days away and if you’re anything like me, you aren’t at all prepared.  Here are a few tablescapes to inspire your Thanksgiving decor.

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A patterned tablecloth is a great way to switch things up without having to invest in new dinnerware.  This plaid pattern Bless’er House chose for her tablescape is to die for!

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A few years ago, I decided to add some color to my Thanksgiving decor.  I still reminisce on how well this design turned out. All the details are on my blog, Designers Sweet Spot.20 Trendy Thanksgiving Tablescapes|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

We love how Fox Hollow Cottage designed her table around this vintage sugar mold. It’s the perfect centerpiece to give the table a casual yet sophisticated feel. Make sure you take a peak at her cute turkey-themed dinnerware!

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You’ll definitely want to head over to 2 Bees in a Pod to check out all the adorable details added to this tablescape, including the DIY clay place cards! Such a special touch. (Plus, wouldn’t they make a cut Christmas ornament after the feast was over?!)

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Most tablescapes are done on long tables with plenty of extra space for decor.  Which is great, if you have a long table. Little Red Brick House didn’t let her small, round table stop her when it came to decorating. This simple design is perfect if you’re lacking all that extra table space this year.

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I’m fully aware that this isn’t a tablescape.  However, this DIY tutorial was too good to pass up! I can just picture several of these spaced along your table, or even a larger pumpkin as a centerpiece. Wine & Glue shares all the details on making your own centerpiece over on her blog.

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While hello Allison used artificial pumpkin and wheat stalks for her table, this look could be easily replicated with the remainder of your fall decorations. However, the benefit to using artificial elements is that you’re able to use them again year after year.

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Home with Keki loves collecting vintage glass and dishware.  Her collection is beautiful! If you have a vintage collection, this would be a perfect way to enjoy it. Or it could be just the excuse you need to spend a day thrifting!

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Tired of a simple runner down the center of your table or individual placemats? Just Call Me Homegirl decided to get out of her comfort zone and use two separate runners down the sides of her table to create a natural runner down the center.

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If you’re wanting to create more space on the table for your feast (which is never a bad thing), maybe a Thanksgiving banner would be a better course of action.  Homey Oh My went with a very simple place setting, and used this beautiful banner to achieve a festive feel.

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domicile 37 created an eclectic feel for her tablescape by using a variety of dishware. She added a few velvet pumpkins and a macrame runner to finish off this unique look.

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What’s more simple than craft paper, candles, and greenery?! Lemon Thistle shares how she created this fun yet inexpensive tablescape over on her blog.

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Setting a festive table doesn’t have to be expensive, Twelve On Main was able to search her home for a few minutes and find everything she needed to create this look.  I’m sure you have more hiding around your home than you’d expect.

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If you still have pumpkins sitting around your home, this would be the perfect way to get one more use out of them. 1915 House shares how she created this Thanksgiving tablescape for “the rest of us”, simple and inexpensive.

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Not everyone is a huge fan of neutral decor for the holidays. This is Our Bliss uses so many patterns and colors for this tablescape, proving that Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be all white pumpkin and “fall” colors.

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If you’re really looking to get outside the normal routine, make sure you check out this elegant table over at Shabbyfufu.

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There’s something to be said for a table that brings back memories of childhood. This modern take on a traditional look does just that. Also, those tiny pies on each place setting really add a fun touch. All the details are over on Ella Claire Inspired.

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Shine Your Light keeps it real over on her blog, sharing tips on how to smooth out your tablecloth without using the iron. She also explains how she created this beautiful centerpiece while taking a walk through her yard.  If you’re scrambling at the last minute, this tablescape is all you need.

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Although this entire table is beautiful, I think my favorite touch might be the napkin rings The Weathered Fox choose. They add such a special touch, you’ll definitely want to check them out.

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This couldn’t be considered a Thanksgiving tablescape roundup unless I included at least one cornucopia. Hymns and Verses created a beautiful table centered around the theme of thankfulness. What better way is there to celebrate this holiday?

 

Hopefully you’ve gained some inspiration for your own Thanksgiving tablescape. I know I’m ready to feast after thinking about next week for the past few hours! 

 

Still looking for some fall inspiration? Check out these other great articles:

Spiced Hot Apple Cider

15 Fall Porches to Inspire Your Decor

12 Beautiful Fall Mantels

Fall Apple Recipes You Need to Try

 

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How I Failed To Decorate our Dining Room

No one likes to say that they have failed. Today I give you permission to completely FAIL in your home decor. I completely failed in this renovation project, but all is not lost!

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Dining room before the One Room Challenge

The One Room Challenge Dining Room Update

This week is the final reveal for the One Room Challenge. I have been avoiding writing this post, because it’s hard for me to admit that I have failed this challenge.

I haven’t finished our dining room.

I was really excited in the beginning, the painting was easy.

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It took me an entire weekend to paint the built-in dining hutch. The white is so much lighter, I really do like it. I am glad I took the plunge to paint all that dark woodwork.

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The next project  was the ceiling. This painted ceiling medallion gives the room something special. Our kitty loves to stare at the ceiling, she must find it interesting.

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I bought some great fabric at a fabulous price and whipped up a pair of curtains. I was on a roll!

And that’s where the story ends. Actually, it came to a grinding halt.

The END of the Dining Room ORC Story

The table improvements are holding me back. I need to paint the table, but I don’t have the vision right now as to which colors to use. White, black? Grey, Chocolate? Can’t decide.

Am having second thoughts about the curtains that  I made.

I never have second thoughts. NEVER. Usually, I am an all in kind of girl. But, something in this room just doesn’t feel right.

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Our home is very traditional. My mother’s beautiful Liberty Blue dishes are going to be the focus of this dining room. However, I don’t know what I was thinking when I chose the black floral for the curtain fabric. They just don’t complement each other, not at all.

I am even second guessing the paint color I chose. I just don’t love it.

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I am putting the breaks on this entire project until I can find another fabric(s) that I like and re-think the entire design plan.

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To Be Continued

Another problem is with the dining chairs. I have been looking for fabrics and materials to refurbish them. However, things are far more expensive than I had anticipated. With the cost of the fabric, foam cushions, welting, tacks, upholstery strapping and nailhead details it will cost between $80-90.00 per chair to redo them. Multiply this times 6 because we have 6 chairs. Yikes, that’s a lot of dough!

New chairs run in the neighborhood of $100.00, and I am not sure that I want to put all the time and money into these old chairs that I don’t really care for anyway. It just doesn’t seem worth it when I could purchase new ones in a finish and style that I like, and just do minimal customizing to match our decor.

So, the chairs are also on the back burner.

I’ve been shopping for lighting, and accessories too. Can’t find anything that I like, that fits in our traditional farmhouse decor and that I can afford. I love modern styles, but they just don’t work well with our traditional home.

How I FAILED in the One Room Challenge

Things just aren’t working out right now. In thinking about how to explain my failure to my readers, I have come to the conclusion that we don’t like to admit our defeats! As bloggers, we don’t want to tell others we can’t do it. Perhaps we expect too much from ourselves. At least I do. Seems like there is always something I am hiding from behind the computer.

It’s okay to fail in your decorating project. I hereby give you permission. Sometimes we need to give ourselves the “okay” to not be perfect and have a perfect magazine styled home. Beautiful homes are an evolution of style and living that develops over time.

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Just like a shoe that doesn’t fit, our home needs to be comfortable for us to live in and fit us well. Things will come together in this room at another time, it’s just now right now. I am okay with that.

This is the end of my One Room Challenge renovation. More time is needed to figure things out. Updates will be posted as I have them but this failed project will remain unfinished for the time being.

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Read some of these other projects for more inspiration!

Bathroom Update on a Budget

10 Steps to a Fixer Upper Style Bathroom, Budget Friendly

Urban Loft

How to Stencil Furniture Like a Boss

Paint Your Own Unique Sunburst Ceiling Medallion

Painted Woodwork (Gasp!) from Dark to Delightful

 

Linking up to the rest of the One Room Challenge over on Calling It Home Blog. Be sure to check out these fantastic projects!

 

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10 Dining Room Transformations

Dining rooms are a gathering place for many families. You create memories there that can last a lifetime.  If you’re looking to transform your dining room, here are some rooms to inspire you! 

 

Hopefully you’ve found some inspiration for you next dining room transformation. It can range anywhere from a simple paint change to a full room renovation.

 

Are you still looking for more inspiration? Check out these similar posts:

DIY Sunburst Ceiling Medallion

Top 20 Bathroom Transformations

Budget Curtains for Any Room

Pretty Painted Furniture Roundup

12 Kitchen Tile Backsplashes (That Aren’t All Subway Tile)

 

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Top 30 Fabulous Gifts for Women Over 50

Looking for a great gift? Try one of these fabulous ideas for women over 50! I am in the 50 club now, so I can write this post! This post contains affiliate links. By making a purchase I will receive a small commission at no additional charge to you. Thank you for your support!

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Top 30 Fab Gifts for Women Over 50

I recently became a member of the over 50 club. Let me tell you girls, it’s very freeing. Suddenly you have a new outlook on life. These gifts are selected from the viewpoint of a woman who has a new lease on life.

Suddenly, I am concerned about wrinkles, aging, beauty marks and greying roots. I am pricing compression hose, anticipating hot flashes and wearing colors that I never have before. It’s a whole new world! If you know someone who fits this description, these gifts are for her! Or for you, because suddenly it’s okay to take better care of ourselves! Here we go!

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Gifts for Midlife Women

  1. Cute compression socks. I wasn’t kidding when I said I was pricing these out. Did you know they make compression socks in adorable prints??? That way the rest of the world will never know what they really are, or how fabulous they make your legs feel. Check out this fabulous selection here.Top 30 Fabulous Gifts for Women Over 50|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com
  2. Fine home decor diffuser set. Face it, women love things that smell good. We also love things for our home. This combination is perfect with both a diffuser and candle in a fabulous Birchwood Pine Scent. What could be better?Top 30 Fabulous Gifts for Women Over 50|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com
  3. Lip Wrinkle Remover. If you have started getting those telltale aging lines around your lips, this is for you! This product fills in those little lines and gives you a smoother lip line. A big plus, your lipstick won’t bleed into your wrinkles like it used to! Top 30 Fab Gifts for Women over 50|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com
  4. Scalp Makeup. I had never heard of it either. Turns out you can camouflage your lack of hair with a brush and some color matched makeup. What a fabulous idea! Joan Rivers knows her stuff. Buy it here.Top 30 fab gifts for women over 50|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com
  5. Cell Phone Fan. This is such a fun stocking stuffer! These little fans plug into your charging port and give you an instant breeze when you need it. Great when the hot flashes get unbearable! Order here.
  6. Wine lounging outfit. Perfect outfit to slip on when you have had a long day and need a glass of wine. Great gift for your girlfriends! Order here.
  7. Speaking of wine, a Wine Club Membership is a great gift. Each month the recipient will receive 2 or 4 bottles of their choice delivered right to their door. Premium wines without all the hassles. A fabulous hostess gift too! Join the club here.
  8. Beautiful Wine Glasses. At this point in life, our glasses are either chipped or mismatched. A set of lovely wine glasses makes a girl feel 20 years younger! Order these glasses here.
  9. Magnifier Light for Crafts. We don’t want to admit it, but we don’t see as well as we used to. This craft light will help her see all the little details in her project!
  10. If she’s at all crafty, she will adore this Circuit Explore Air 2.   These machines can cut anything from fabric, to paper, vinyl or metal in a matter of seconds. I am dying to get one of these for my craft room!!! A must have for the serious crafter!
  11. Pretty Planner for 2018. This Dayspring planner has beautifully designed pages with bible verses, stickers and much more! You will like it so much you will want one for yourself! 
  12. Joanna Gaines Mug. Anyone who loves farmhouse will adore this cute coffee mug. We all cultivate our inner Joanna Gaines sometimes! 
  13. Fleece Lined Yoga Pants: Perfect for going to exercise class on those cold days. As we age our circulation worsens and we need extra layers to stay warmer. 
  14. Beautiful Vintage Style Cloche hats.   I adore these darling hats for going to the grocery store and cold chilly days.
  15. Cashmere Wrap. You know you have always wanted one. Life is too short for imitations.
  16. Classic Chanel No. 5 Perfume Cheap perfume is no one’s friend. You know you’ve always wanted to be a Coco woman. Now is the time!
  17. Emoji Facial Mask. We tried some of these for a girls night, what fun we had! We laughed so hard ! Get multiples for girls night! Inexpensive but worth their weight in gold for entertainment!
  18. Every woman wants more youthful skin. The Clarissonic Facial Scrubber is fabulous for cleansing with very little effort. Helps give your skin a youthful glow!
  19. Faux Fur Throw for cuddling. These throws feel amazing for cuddling with your sweetie on cold winter nights.
  20. Cleaning Concentrate Set from Grove Collective. This product is all natural without any chemical ingredients. Simply add the concentrate to your spray bottle and you can clean just about anything from ceramic, chrome, granite, to stainless steel and more.
  21. Acute Moroccan Organ Oil for dry skin. This oil is a true skin super food! Incredibly rich in vitamin E, essential fatty acids, and proteins, argan oil helps restore texture and tone. Lightweight and easily absorbed, the aromas of citrus and ginger will invigorate and warm the senses!
  22. Glass Spray Bottle from Grove Collaborative. Ideal size for mixing your own cleaning products, pretty too!
  23. Japanese Kokedama Kit, for the gardener who has everything: These unique moss covered balls are stunning planters when hung. Great for indoors or outdoors, or even with a potted plant on a dining table. 
  24. Himalayan Salt Lamp. Not only are these lamps beautiful, but they are very therapeutic, and promotes overall wellness.
  25. Portable Light Therapy Happy Light to cure Seasonal Affective Disorder. A must have for anyone in a northern climate. Fewer daylight hours in the winter affect many people in the form of depression. Exposure to a Happy Light for a few minutes each day can make a world of difference in their overall health.

26. Reuseable Swell Water Bottle: These bottles are insulated stainless steel and keep liquids hot or cold for as long as 24 hours. Comes in beautiful prints and colors, like this faux teak wood print pictured above.

27. Agate Book Ends with Rubber Bumpers. Beautiful and unique for display on any kind of bookshelf or desk, these natural stone bookends will make a lasting impression for any kind of decor.

28. Geometric Wall Terrariums: Terrific for any room, these beautiful terrariums are easy to care for and don’t take up much space. Grow herbs, flowers or succulents in your home or apartment all season long. A unique gift for those with green thumbs!

29. Pugg Ceramic Tea Pot with tea infuser. These beautiful tea pots make a cup of tea into a relaxing experience. Dishwasher safe, comes in six beautiful floral designs.

30. Taylors of Harrogate Classic Tea Sampler Box. Delicious collection of teas that will keep her warm all winter long. This package has 48 delightful bags of 6 different varieties.

 

Wow, what a list! She will love any of them I promise! Don’t forget to pin this post!

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Love these ideas? Try some of these other posts:

Spray Painted Christmas Tree

Christmas Knitting for Gifts

Spray Painted Christmas Tree

Timepiece Christmas Ornament

Christmas Chicken Coop

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Linking up to the Everyday Home Blog Christmas Gift Guide Blog Hop! Be sure to stop by and read all these great gift ideas!


 

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