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Monday, April 2, 2012

Easy child's robe tutorial from a thrifted sweater

Cashmere robes are known as being expensive and luxurious. 
And a toddler cashmere robe?
 Why that sounds positively decadent! I can imagine Suri Cruise wearing one. But fear not, you too can own one by making one from a thrifted sweater and if you buy your sweater on sale at the thrift shop like I did, it will cost you about two dollars!
Making her own bagel!

Not in the best mood... my goodness, that child needs some slippers too!

This project started out as a refashioned sweater project for myself but it was a total disaster. I wasn't ready to give up on it yet, since I had invested so much blood, sweat, and tears into the project after taking it apart two times! But it just wasn't going to work for me.
This old farmhouse is terribly cold in the morning so I threw the sweater on to Gigi one morning to keep her warm.
"This would make a perfect robe for her..." I thought. So I rushed the sweater to the machine, hemmed the sleeves, and wrapped it with a little belt and it was perfect!
Here is how I made it.
I started with a turtleneck sweater. It had unfinished looking edges. 

I cut it up the middle. I can see now all my problems started because I cut off the collar..

Then I sewed bias trim onto the edges to complete it.I don't have photos for the bias trim sewing part so you will have to figure out that part.I hemmed the sleeves and added a little elastic around the neck so it fit Gigi better.
I had a little tie in my closet that looked like it matched the trim but you could make a nice robe tie from leftover parts of the sweater.
Easy peasy!
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  1. What a lucky little girl in that warm robe! And congratulations on winning the Burdastyle Vintage Modern Design Challenge. The dress was really darling.

  2. I love finding great fabric and then changing the item into something new! Bravo! I love the robe. (Or "house coat" as I call them.)

  3. What a cute idea :) :) LOVe it, and saves money, too :) Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)

  4. This girl is looking very sweet in that warm robe.A great technique for saving money and creating such a beautiful robe.

  5. She's saying "no photos before my second cup of coffee, please!"

  6. Way too adorable! Gigi is such a lucky little girl to have custom made garments in luxurious fabrics refashioned by her her loving mother.


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