This is a rerun of a review of Kwik Sew 2691 I did several years back. But it still resonates (and yes, Ma is still around, but has given up on trying to hand off bathrobes). BTW, the pattern is out of print.
Ah, mothers. To paraphrase comedian Steven Wright, you can’t live with them, and you can’t shoot them. Oh, did I say that? Don’t get me wrong, I love my mother. She came to stay with us a few weeks back, and this was the conversation….
“Ann, I brought you a robe.”
“Oh, Ma, that’s really nice, but I have a really nice fleece robe the boys gave me for Christmas.
“Well, I want you to have this robe.”
Well, Ma, I have this really nice robe from the boys, see?”
“Well, Ann, I want you to have this robe. I bought it and it’s too long for me”
Okay, now here’s the visual – I’m 5’7″. My mom is 4’10″, in heels. I read Vogue, Allure, Industry and Accessories magazines. She reads Colonial Life and Georgette Heyer novels. I’m not even convinced we are related -I’m sure there was a mixup in the nursery at Lynn City Hospital. Then I look at my nose and I see her. Sigh…. Anyway, there is no way I can graciously get out of taking this:
So I take it. (Smile nice, Ann. Ma always taught you that if you didn’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything, right?).
“Gee, thanks Ma.”
Mom goes home. House is back to normal. Bathrobe is forgotten under the pile of laundry I just put away for the first time in about a month. Folding laundry… What is that? Oh yeah, Ma’s heinous robe. Internal debate ensues. Should I give it to Goodwill? Should I make dust rags? Can I turn this into anything? Hmmm… I bet I can recycle this into something useful! A spa wrap! Now we’re cooking with gas!
Pattern Description: Misses spa wraps in two styles, with matching headband. I made View A, sort of.
Pattern Sizing: XS-XL. I made XS
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? More or less. I had to make some changes thanks to fabric constrictions. See more below.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Very.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? Right place, right time, wrong robe.
Fabric Used: French terry recycled from a heinous robe my mother gave me. Did I mention I think the robe was really heinous? I trimmed it with spring green piping that was in my stash for years. This is one of those trims that I bought and never used. Now I can’t remember what I bought it for, but when I put it against the pale yellow of the robe, the whole thing just popped!
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: Okay, let’s start at the beginning…. This robe is a wrap style whose pattern pieces extend about 3″ beyond center front. If you look at the original Heinous Robe, you’ll see that it has a CF with snap closures. The fronts didn’t have enough room to make the entire pattern piece without removing the snaps and opening out the facings, so I decided instead to use the snaps as the CF closures for the wrap as well. This necessitated changes in the piping. The pattern has you put piping all across the front pieces, down to the hem. I just placed the piping on the top of the front pieces.
In the pattern directions, they have you insert a casing for the elastic at the waist. Then instead of having you make a similar casing at the top edge of the wrap, they have you attach the elastic at the side seams and fold the elastic and the raw top edge of the wrap down, then sew in place. I decided instead to make an upper casing by folding the top of the wrap. I sewed close to the raw edge, then threaded through the casing and basting at the sides. This then gets sewn into the side seams. Here’s a picture of the finished garment so you can see the results:
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes and yes. This version was heavily modified, since I started with a RTW garment and re-did it. But I would definitely try this again.