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While reading the pattern instructions, I came across some suggestions that I found interesting "There is nothing more necessary to the wardrobe of the woman of good taste and refinement, whatever the time of year, than a dressing gown. Good models, hand embroidered, are highly priced in the shops, but the clever needlewoman can make one for herself at half the cost. What could be smarter, simpler,or more easily made than the one sketched here, with its graceful kimono sleeves, made practical by a slash at the side as well as the lower edge to slip the arm through? Gertrude Mason.
I want to have good taste and be refined, and I do like to think I am a clever needlewomen. I am ready for the task.
My drafting starts with a few measurements:
1. Length of gown from "nape" of neck down center back to bottom of hem.
2. Length of back from "nape" of neck to waist line.
3. Length of sleeve from neck point, across shoulder and down arm.
4. Width of bust.
5. Width of hem (exclusive of wrap-over).
That all sounds simple enough except the last one, I am going to go with the average measurement that the pattern provides. Hopefully this works. I grabbed my supplies along with a glass of wine and followed the minimal instructions provided. It was really much simpler than I thought which leaves me thinking I must have done something wrong.
Well, I think it looks like the sketch provided with the pattern.
Which Fabric to use from my stash ?
Navy Silk Charmeuse from Gorgeous Fabrics.
Green satin from Pacific Fabrics
Champagne Radiance cotton silk blend
Any suggestions? I am leaning towards the green, it has a fabulous feel and I think it would look lovely with embroidery.
The Navy Silk is absolutely exquisite, but I am nervous using such expensive fabric since this is somewhat experimental. I originally purchased it for a pair of silk pajamas. What is your vote?