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June 03, 2021
I don’t know about you but I have been thinking about summer for months now, since February when it was still freezing cold outside. It was around that time that I started sewing swimsuits. I really really wanted summer to come (obviously). After a couple of months of sewing swim though, I realized I had a drawer full of swimsuits but not a single swim cover.
It’s what inspired me to look for a robe style jacket so I can wear it over swimsuits but also wear it everyday. When I chose this fabric I didn’t pay close attention to the fiber content. This light chambray blue and off white vertical stripe rayon linen has 70% rayon and 30% linen. I thought it was the other way around and imagined it would be stiffer and crispy. With such a high percentage of rayon this fabric is so soft and feels like one of those gauze baby blankets.
I would have been happy with a little more structure so if that’s what you have in mind, I recommend you get the rayon linen with 55% linen which they have in the shop in lots of different colors.
The pattern I used is the Robe Jacket pattern from Peppermint Magazine. It’s oversized with a relaxed fit, has big sleeves and perfect for layering. The sizes range from 6 to 24 (based on Australian standard size). I sized down one size and I’m glad I did because my robe had plenty of ease.
I would definitely make this pattern again with some modifications. I would shorten the sleeves a little or sew a wider hem. I would interface the belt if I’m working with soft fabric and also lengthen the body so the robe hits a little above the knees. Or lengthen it even more and make it a duster length. There are so many ways to play with the pattern and it’s offered for free!
Somehow I ended up making three jackets for all 3 of my blog posts for RCF. I guess I like making jackets a lot? I know I do. Just a side note, I also made the bikini top and skirt using RCF’s swim fabric. They have THE BEST swim fabric and I get anxious when I run out of their swim fabric. Just had to add that here :) Thanks so much for reading as always!
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