Minimalist Kimono Wrap

I have been in need of a summer bathrobe for quite some time. In the winter I use a big, fluffy white robe that goes down to my ankles, but that just doesn’t do in the heat. I opted for a short, kimono-style wrap to do the trick instead. It’s so comfortable that I have been wearing as lounge wear as well.

When I was deciding what style and pattern to use for my robe, I knew I wanted a quick project with few seams and very little fabric waste. I came up with a simple measure-and-cut pattern that wastes only a few fabric trimmings. It’s a very minimalist style and I think it would be just as wonderful made in terry cloth or flannel as it is in the cotton sweater knit I chose. If you’re interested in me making a tutorial for this design, please say so in the comments. If there is enough interest, I’ll be happy to share my process.

Design/Pattern: my own minimalist kimono wrap

Materials: 2 yards of cotton sweater knit, thread, bias binding

Techniques:

  • serged seams
  • bias bound edges

Alterations/Changes: I made the pattern to my own specifications, so I didn’t need any alterations. However, I would love a longer version in flannel for the fall.

This robe does just what it needs to and was easy to make too. I’ve been wrapping up in it in the evenings as I watch the Olympics, so in the spirit of the Olympic games, I’m giving this robe a gold medal.

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Pajama Party

February is the perfect month for cozying up in a pair of flannel pj’s! This year, we both have a new pair of soft flannel pajamas for lounging and sleeping in. As you can see, Peter and I chose different styles–a tunic-style top and leggings for me and a classic, elastic-waistband style for him. Even though we both are pleased with the fit and comfort of our pajamas, the most exciting part of this project for me was making them on my new (to me) serger! Check out these finished seams!

I hope to do a whole post about what it’s been like to learn to use my new serger, so I won’t go into too much detail about it right now. Let me just say that this was a wonderful Christmas/birthday gift and thank you to my husband (who was the mastermind of this gift), his Aunt Marge, cousin Lauren, sister Emily and mom Donna who all helped get this gift to me. I love it!

These pajamas were the perfect first project for getting a feel for my new “toy”. The level of difficulty was low and I could do most of the seams on the serger. I basically just had to use my sewing machine to do the hems and waistbands. It was so quick and the seams are so sturdy. It makes me wish I had a serger many years ago! Okay, enough gushing about my serger–here are some more details about these projects.

Materials:

  • 2 1/2 yards blue plaid flannel
  • 2 yards red polka dot flannel
  • 1 yard red cotton knit
  • 1 package red bias binding
  • thread
  • 1 snap
  • 1 inch wide elastic
  • 1/4 inch wide elastic

Patterns:

  • His pants: See & Sew 3698
  • My tunic: my own design, based on Dirndl dress bodice from Built By Wendy Dresses
  • My leggings: Clover pants, front & back pieces only

Techniques:

  • Serged seams!
  • Bias bound neckline and sleeve hems
  • Elastic waistbands/casings

These pajamas earn an A+! Mostly because I enjoyed making them so much! They are also perfectly comfortable and cozy. When it comes to pajamas, there isn’t anything more important than that.