I just turned 60 recently and so I decided I just had to channel my inner Blanche Devereaux for the Sew Golden Girls challenge on Instagram, hosted by @stitch_collective, hashtags #sewgoldengirls or @SewGoldenGirls. I needed a boost of Blanche’s sass and spice!
I have always admired Blanche’s collection of flamboyant, colorful silk robes on The Golden Girls. I’ve had this silk charmeuse in my stash for a couple of years. I bought it right before a local independent fabric store (Betty’s Fabrics) closed after 45 years in my town. It was so sad to lose another fabric store that carried loads of apparel fabric.
I used Kwik Sew 3264, View B. Although this pattern is designed for heavyweight stretch knits, I used the woven silk without any problems in sizing. Robes are generally oversized by design.
This pattern is a simple style with just a band around the neckline edge which made it quicker to sew since there was no collar to fuss with.
How ever, this 100% silk charmeuse FRAYS! It frayed immediately after cutting and frayed more and more each time I handled it. ACK! I wish I’d had the foresight to add an additional inch to all the seam allowances.
I figure I lost 1/4″ to 1/2″ on some of the seam allowances due to excessive fraying. Thank heaven robes are generally oversized so the fit wasn’t affected. I did add stabilizing tape by Sewkeyse’s to the shoulder seams. Since I used french seams throughout, the tape disappeared nicely into the encased seam.
For the nightgown, I used Vogue 9015, view C. I had just enough of the colorful silk for the robe so for the nightie, I used a black silk charmeuse in my stash that was leftover from lining a previous project.
It was a very quick bias cut gown. I just searched through my bits and pieces and found a piece of lace just long enough for the neckline.
I did french seams on the gown too. I was more careful and went much more slowly on these french seams since all them were on the bias. I didn’t have any lace for the hem, so I just stitched a narrow rolled hem.
“Thank you for being a friend,
Traveled down the road and back again,
Your heart is true,
You’re a pal and a confidant…”