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The dressing gown from hell

Saturday, September 1st, 2012

So here it is in all it’s glory….

I’ve sweated blood over this dressing gown, not to mention having said some rude words and using my bodge skills to their utmost. It pretty much turned out more or less how I intended, there were just some large diversions around the houses on the way. At the end of a day considering this is made from a ginormous ‘second’ towel that has sat under my sewing niche chair for oh, maybe a decade, it isn’t bad. Don’t look too closely, there are definitely  flaws in the toweling and some stains that I imagine will probably wash out – oh and it doesn’t bear much of a resemblance to the pattern I was attempting to follow….except that well…it is a functioning dressing gown at the end of the day!

The Liberty trim makes it I think…but I did waste a fair bit along the way with my ineptitude, which was a shame, but apparently couldn’t be helped.

I should like to finish by saying that despite what photographic evidence may suggest, I am not as big as the side of a house…I’m wearing jeans and a jumper underneath as autumn was switched on rather dramatically two days ago in these parts.

Anyway, I’m now feeling very smug as I have won the dressing gown battle and relieved my stash of a very high volume item, which is no bad thing!

Enjoy your weekend!


13 Responses to “The dressing gown from hell”

  1. Lush Says:

    It looks fantastic!! and don’t worry we all know you are a stick. Think how much storage space you have carved out!! Loads of new fat quarters could go there 😉
    Now that my chest infection has FINALLY gone, (2 freaking weeks!!) I have managed to get to the sewing machine & am working on your blocks. I just love the colours.

  2. Stephanie Says:

    Swearing always helps, my dad both told and taught me that! He used to dread it when our neighbour asked him to help with anything mechanical, which was often, since Dad couldn’t function properly without uttering many good, rude words as he tussled with the problem. All we Daggs tend to cuss quite a lot when wrestling with problems – recalcitrant turkeys, stubborn llamas, awkward children …

  3. Gertie Pye Says:

    This is just lovely Helen – the Liberty trim and belt really makes it. You would never guess that there were any rude words uttered to make something so pretty. Your post yesterday made me laugh out loud and made our tedious journey back home from holiday much more tolerable. Well done for lots of stashbusting in August – this and the rag rug too. If only I could say the same! Roll on Autumn Term next week…

  4. CarlaHR Says:

    Congratulations on another lovely finish. I like the way you used the towel’s “trim” at the bottom. The only downside to a robe is the fact they they all make us look like the “side of a house” – I try to wear one as seldom as possible for that very reason.

  5. Kathy E. Says:

    This is no “sow’s ear”, Helen… you truly turned a 2nds towel into a “silk purse”. Way to persevere! You are woman… hear you ROAR!

  6. Vreni Says:

    It may have cost you a bit of sweat (and blood) but the result is really great! It will be so cozy and warm next winter. You’ll be even able to sit outside with your first cup of tea in the morning!

  7. Dianne N Says:

    The DG looks wonderful. I girl needs a comfortable DG, especially as we go into winter! Have you got your socks and slippers ready?

  8. MelD Says:

    Well done for that rescue mission – most impressed!! Caitlin is impressed at all that bias binding… ;o

  9. Susan Says:

    I am surprised you are wearing it after the grief it gave you! I think it looks like a bought one though so despite your so called bodge job, well done you!!

  10. Flying Blind Says:

    You are so funny; although I do wear a full ‘fat suit’ under my clothes daily!

  11. diane stanley Says:

    This looks like it turned out just perfect and what a great idea to use a towel.

  12. Danny Says:

    It turned out great! I probably would have thrown it out the window if it had given me as much trouble as it has given you. You are too patient!!

  13. Katy Says:

    Congrats on battling it into submission in the end!