Summer Robe

by Cameron

 Floret collection by Leah Duncan

Floret collection by Leah Duncan

Have you seen Leah Duncan's newest collection of florals on organic cotton from Cloud 9? Well, let me tell you, they're quite something. They're officially called a batiste, but to me they feel like voile. They're light and gauzy and perfect for hot weather.

 Up close and personal

Up close and personal

I decided to whip up a summer robe, and I couldn't be happier with it. It's cool and feminine and just what I needed.

 Front view - and our fancy new A-board!

Front view - and our fancy new A-board!

I didn't use a pattern, instead I did some quick searching for "easy robes" on the internet. I found a handful of blog posts (here and here) with some good tips, and I got to work. I bought 2 and 3/8 yards fabric which made a robe that's about knee-length on me. A couple of hours of leisurely sewing later - I had a summer robe.

 Back view

Back view

One of the neatest things about it is that it was an almost waste free project! The fabric you cut to create sleeves becomes the tie. There's a small piece of fabric you cut to create the neckline that you could use to make a small patch pocket or belt loops. I didn't get that fancy, but I wish I had!

Do you need some new summer duds? Come by the shop - besides these beauties we have lots of great summer fabrics. Yarn-dyed linens, Liberty, and bolts and bolts of double gauze.