m5348a2McCall’s 5348 View A is a pattern I purchased the fleece for and had every intention of sewing- about 5 months ago. Then I stopped sewing. I stopped crafting. I stopped doing all sorts of things. Two days ago, I decided to work on some of the things I had started and not finished, and you’ve seen the two skirts I put together over the last two days.

This bathrobe almost didn’t get completely today, but when I realized I was stopping with it so close to being completed, I went back into my craft room and finished it! The color is a very pretty royal purple- its not right in any of these photos. I’ve never been much for purple, but the color really caught my eye and I figured I’d give it a try. The only thing I’m not crazy about is the length- I should have lengthened it maybe 6 or 8″- I had enough fleece left over to do so, but it didn’t occur to me until after I had everything cut out and started sewing. Still, sitting here curled up in it on the couch after a soak in the tub, I love it. Soft, warm, and brightly colored without being obnoxious!

Things I loved about this pattern-

  • Its simple- there’s 9 fabric pieces (front (2), back, front facing (2), sleeves (2), belt loops (cut as one piece), and belt (cut as two pieces) and 2 interfacing pieces (front facings).
  • Overall the construction is simple and hard to mess up.
  • Using fleece, I could sew down the facings as well as top stitch them and even using a contrasting thread color, my stitches barely showed up.

Things I didn’t love about it-

  • I was unclear on the directions the first ten times I read them regarding the collar. I eventually made sense out of them, but not sure if I cut something wrong or if I messed up- the collar pieces did not extend all the way across the back of the next and I ended up added a double pleat in the upper back to make everything line up perfectly.
  • Using fleece, any mistakes were really difficult to pick out because they sink int the fabric really deeply.

 

My final scoring on this pattern? 8/10. No major complaints and I might make it again in a different fabric choice. Made with a different fabric and a lining instead of facings, this might also make a cute coat. There’s an idea! I can always use a new coat especially in wintertime.

I’ve done this pattern (M5165) before in the past in all three sizes, and its super quick and easy. Pretty much the worst that can happen with this pattern is you could stitch too close to the edge of the fabric and have a hole when you turn it. It really is almost completely mistake proof. I sat down and made two new small ones tonight, which I added to my Kittyloaf Designs shop, and plan on making another one tomorrow in the medium size. The one on the right is using a vintage fabric I got from my grandmother’s stash from when she used to sew her own clothes years ago, and the underside is just cotton broadcloth.

I ended up using one of my stuffies for a model as I don’t have access to a dog of that size here at home, and it actually worked out pretty well. It doesn’t run around or try to take off the coat!

I’m planning on doing some beadwork tomorrow afternoon and running some errands outside of the house, but want to make the other one of these, and maybe start on my bathrobe (M5348) I’ve been stalling on. I’m also hoping to go through the sewing patterns I recently acquired and pulling out the ones I want to sell, and getting them listed on my site as well. Listing the ones I’m keeping here in my library is going to be a huge project that may take several days to complete- I have roughly 50 new patterns to catalog and photograph.

I also have to go pick up some fabrics from the post office tomorrow and assuming they are correct, stitch up two zippered pouches for a friend’s daughters. That will be a really quick and easy project that should hopefully be completely pain-free and easy. I was going to link you to the tutorial that showed me how to sew these bags initially, but I can’t see to find it now and must have deleted the bookmark.

One thing at a time, right?