Snuggly Warm Dressing Gown
Today was day 2 of our 4 weeks of quarantine in New Zealand, and today I did some sewing with my oldest daughter Brylie (11yrs)
I’ve had cuddly fleece in my stash for a while now (ok, so maybe over a year) that I was going to make dressing gowns for last winter!!
Well we are in to Autumn now, and stuck at home so I thought “there is no time like the present”.
It’s a simple design with an oversized hood, and snuggly long sleeves and I thought, hey, every one else is stuck at home too, maybe they want to make one also.
So here is the pattern free for you ~ please note that this pattern has not been fully tested like all my other patterns, but it is based off a well used and loved block so I know the fit is good.
What you will need:
The pattern pieces ~ purchase for free on my website
Fleece, minky, sherpa or some other thick snuggly fabric.
fabric requirements: 150cm (59″) wide
6-12mm = 60cm ( 23 5/8″)
12m = 70cm (27 1/2″)
18m = 70cm (27 1/2″)
2y = 80cm (31 1/2″)
3y = 80cm (31 1/2″)
4y = 1.3m (51 1/4″)
5y = 1.3m (51 1/4″)
6y = 1.4m (55 1/4″)
7y = 1.4m (55 1/4″)
8y = 1.6m (63″)
9y = 1.6m (63″)
10y = 1.7m (67″)
11y = 1.7m (67″)
12y -= 1.8m (71″)
Sewing machine and/or overlocker (We just used the overlocker)
How to sew it:
Because I want to get this pattern out to you as quickly as possible I’m only going to steal photos from some of my other patterns, so the fabric will be different, but the construction is the same.
RST = Right sides together / WST = Wrong sides together
SEW THE HOOD
~ With RST sew around the curve of the hood.
SEW THE SHOULDER SEAMS
~ With RST match up the shoulder seams of the back and 2 fronts. Make sure you have the armholes of the front pieces matching the back armholes. Sew along the SHOULD SEAMS ONLY.
ATTACHING THE HOOD
Fold the back neck in half to find the centre point – mark with a pin/clip.
With RST match the seam in the base of the hood with the clip at the centre back of the neck, pin the base of the hood along the neckhole, the hood will match the entire neck hole. SEW.
Find the centre of the centre of the sleece arc, and mark with a pin/clip. With RST match to the shoulder seam.
Ease the rest of the sleeve into the armhole. First pin the ends, then ease in the rest of the curve. SEW
With RST match up the under arm seams, and pin from the wrist to the hem. SEW
Fold the sleeve cuffs in half width wise with RST and sew down the short edge.
Insert the cuff into the sleeve which is still wrong side out so that the cuff is against the right side. Match up all the raw edges and SEW. Go slowly as this can be quite thick depending on the fabric you are using.
To sew the pockets place MAIN and LINING right sides together and sew down the sides and bottom V. Turn it out the right way and then fold the raw edge of the lining so that it meets the top of the main, then fold it again so that it covers the raw edges. Topstitch along the top.
Now pin the pockets to the FRONT body piece. Topstitch in place around the sides and bottom V.
For the front band I just cut 2 pieces the width of the fabric (how thick you need to make the band is on the back pattern piece) and joined them in the middle. Then I folded in half with WST and found the centre of the band and marked it with a pin/clip. Attach this pin/clip to the seam at the top of the hood, on the right side. Start sewing from the top of the hood and sew down one side to the bottom hem. STOP and then start from the top again and sew from the hood down the other side to the bottom hem. Trim off any extra you have. (I actually used the extra I had from Brylie’s size 11y to create the tie.
Fold the bottom hem up toward the wrong side and sew, I did a double turn, it was about 2cm then 2cm as it was a real thick fabric, do what feels right for you. You could overlock the bottom and then turn up as another option.
For the tie I just used the 2 pieces of left over front band. Fold in half with RST and sew down 1 short end, and the long end. Turn out the right way. Repeat for the other piece. Now place the raw edges together and sew down the short edge. Attach this join at the back of the dressing gown.