Friends, I thought I'd start today with my latest garbage find, from this afternoon. It's a paper-mâché....actually I'm not quite sure what you'd call it -- topiary? (Didn't Lesley Ann Warren have a few of these in her backyard in Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella"? Does anybody know what I'm talking about?) It's pretty big (roughly 16" tall) and, I thought, kind of cool. It's from West Elm, according to the label. At least you don't have to water it. In other news, while my food poisoning has passed, I don't yet have my full appetite back. A lot of things I'd normally eat just don't look/sound appetizing to me at all. Maybe that's why I was drawn to a fake plant. I put the knit men's pullover project aside for a day or two and decided to start my Twenties robe. As fortune would have it, this very morning I received a lovely email from Anna Depew, thanking me for mentioning her Twenties negligee pattern a few weeks ago and sending me a free PDF copy of it! I was thrilled. It's quite wonderful and shows you how to make a variety of Twenties dresses and robes from very basic shapes you measure and cut yourself.
I was all ready to use vintage, bland, Butterick 6968 as my base pattern. The Depew pattern inspired me to make the robe more kimono like.
My version will combine elements from "model A," on the lower left hand side, and the top center version, "model 15."
What's really interesting is how close the Depew pattern and the Butterick pattern are in terms of basic measurements. Since I already had the Butterick cut and ready, I used the front and back pieces from that. My sleeves are (and overall style will be) adapted from the Depew pattern. Here's a peek, with only the shoulder seams finished and no chartreuse sateen trim yet. The sateen will add some length to both the robe as well as the sleeves. I'm excited about how this will turn out; it's something I've never tried before.
That's all I have to report today, for better or for worse, readers. I have a new Twenties men's pattern on its way that I'll be showing you in the days ahead. Pre-Thirties men's patterns are hard to find so when I do find them (at affordable prices and in my size) I jump.
I'm a native New Yorker and sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using vintage sewing machines and vintage patterns, in addition to sewing for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!