McCall’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.