This satin robe features a shawl collar, lace trimmed sleeves, matching belt and can be made in two different lengths.
Welcome back to my 31 Day Sewing Series! The goal for me this month is to sew 31 garments, in 31 days. Sounds crazy right?
Not at all.
I love Vogue patterns for their unique style, but also for their Figure Flattery System. Here’s how it works:
Each pattern is labeled with a graphic symbol that helps you decided what style is best suited to your figure. How smart! Here’s the explanation I borrowed from the Vogue website:
Determine your body shape from the explanations below and use our KEY TO FIGURE FLATTERY diagram to select styles that are particularly flattering to your figure.
Choosing styles suited to your body shape can also eliminate the need for most pattern adjustments. Look for the figure symbol that indicates your body shape, then proceed with confidence, knowing that your pattern adjustments will be minimal and your finished garment will be pure figure flattery.
Inverted Triange THE INVERTED TRIANGLE: Large bust and/or broad shoulders with narrow hips.
Triangle THE TRIANGLE: Small bust and/or narrow shoulders with full hips and/or thighs.
Rectangle THE RECTANGLE: Balanced on top and bottom, but boxy, with little or no waist definition.
Hourglass THE HOURGLASS: Equally balanced on top and bottom, with a trim waist.
After you decided which pattern is for you, take your measurements and buy the size that is closest to your body measurements.
Just because you are a size 6 retail doesn’t necessarily mean you are a size 6 pattern. Check your measurements, and don’t cheat! No one will care if you need buy a larger size. The fewer alterations you have to make to the pattern the better!
Fortunately, most Intimates are rather loose fitting, so there shouldn’t be a lot of alterations anyway.
Here’s the first project! This robe is part of Vogue pattern #V8888. I will be making more pieces in this collection, so be sure to stop back!
Sewing Intimates is really much easier than you might think. These garments usually have few pieces and facings. Trims can take the place of time consuming hems, so construction goes pretty quickly. It’s also a lot cheaper to make your own then to buy them in the store. I recently saw a night gown that was almost $100.00. Yikes!
The only thing that may slow you down is the use of satin fabrics. Especially trouble some for the inexperience sewer, satin can be difficult to work with if you aren’t used to it. Some other fabric choices for this project include crepe, crepe back satin, medium and lightweight polyester wovens and cottons.
I used brushed back satin for this project. It’s one of my favorite fabrics for robes. Soft on the skin, but not quite so hard to handle while sewing.
Vogue Pattern #V8888 Sewing Tips:
1. I used most of the manufacture’s directions for this pattern. The only changes I made were with the sleeve hem, I used 2″ lace to finish the sleeve instead of the sleeve band with lace inset.
2. Be sure to use sharp pins and needles. I recommend using a brand new satin sewing needle to avoid runs in the fabric. You can also purchase satin pins which are very helpful for this type of fabric.
3. Use pins sparingly, as they can mark the fabric and cause runs in the satin. I only pin at the top and bottom seam edges and only in the seam allowance.
Apply the finished edge of the lace over the raw edge of the sleeve, over lap by 1/4″. Use a zig-zag topstitch to secure the lace. Easy, huh?
I like the delicate look of the lace on the finished sleeve.
4. Sew all seams without pressing them open. After the entire garment is finished, then press it. Over pressing is never a good idea, especially with satin. Satin is easy to scorch and watermarks easily so use a dry iron. Seams should be pressed to the back of the garment, or facing down. Finish seams as you go with a zig zag stitch or serger if you have one.
If you don’t have an iron, simply hang it on a hanger and put it in the bathroom when you take a shower. The moisture in the air will help steam out the wrinkles.
I also liked the back of this robe. The belt is rather unique in that it doesn’t go all the way across the back and creates flattering waistline tucks.
More flattery is always a good idea.
That’s all for today, tune in tomorrow!
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