Thursday, June 18, 2009

More Savile Row than Hugh Hefner

And that's a good thing :)) My dad turns 80 on June 24 and this Dressing Gown will be my gift. It's been a wonderful trip down memory lane this past week as I locked myself in my room to sew. He's been an extraordinary father and I have learned so much from him. It's also bittersweet; just a few days ago he called to tell me he had sold our summer house...

It was too much maintenance to keep up with and I can't blame him. The winters in Norway are harsh so every year painting and other fixes has to be dealt with. And of course the boats. The house is on an island which makes it even more complicated. But it sure is spectacular and I bet the new owners will adore it as well.

My dad is a traditional, conservative man, very well traveled, who speaks the Queen's English :)) I chose to add his initials to a chest pocket, which I made by scanning the patch pocket and downsizing to 60%. I used silk thread since I didn't have the deep blue in the rayon, but I actually like it; works well with the fabric.


And the fabric: Lush woven cashmere with silk charmeuse lining and piping. Below is a picture of the embroidery on left facing:
To my
dear father
From Birgitte

Here is a mini tut on making lined patched pockets with curved corners:

And this is the pattern I used, vintage Simplicity from eBay :)) I really like the Raglan sleeves, they are so well drafted. I added the lining and used a lightweight hair canvas in the hem.
It will ship tomorrow and I'm crossing my fingers it fits. Before I started this project I did a google search and found the below link that made me feel real good- the price I mean :))

Also; apologies for not leaving comments lately; I hope to make up for it soon.

18 comments:

  1. I think this puts you in the running for the "daughter of the year" award. Your dad will love this piece of luxury!

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  2. It is beautiful, a really great gift for your father.

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  3. It's wonderful. I'm sure he'll treasure the look and feel of this classic robe.

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  4. That's a beautiful garment. Your emroidery is very nice. He will be very handsomely dressed in this dressing gown.

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  5. This is so elegant and tasteful; I'm sure your father will really appreciate it. I made a robe for my father when I was just learning to sew and very young. I made it wrap to the wrong side, as you would with a woman's robe, not realizing I had made a mistake. I don't think he ever wore it. But your father will wear his!

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  6. This is a classic and elegant dressing gown. Your Father will be very pleased with your gift. Thanks for the pocket tute.

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  7. The silk embroidery is a lovely designer luxury touch! I went to visit my family in Finland last year and spent a lot of time in their Summer cottages. It must be a real wrench to have to sell your family's summer house on.

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  8. What an exquisite gift! He will feel you hugging him every time he wears it. I couldn't think of a lovelier gift.

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  9. What a wonderful gift for your father. I know it must be hard for you with your father so far away. This will be something he will treasure and he will think of you every time he wears it. IT is just lovely.

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  10. This is a wonderful gift for your father and I know he will treasure it. Beautiful fabric and sewing also. That embroidery makes it extra special!

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  11. Absolutely beautiful. He will love it.

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  12. What a perfect gift! It looks very luxurious. And that summer house is a-mazing. The new owners are going to be thrilled. Also, me and your dad have the same initials!

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  13. Thats an amazing garment. I love the style of it so timeless. I am a lover of Savile Row style and think you have captured something timeless in this design.

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  14. Birgitte, this is beautiful and such a touching tribute to your father. I'll bet the only thing he would like better would be for you to show up on his doorstep along with the package! What gorgeous and heartfelt work you do -- it always lingers on my mind. And your family's summer house looks magical -- I hope the new owners love it as much as you do.

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  15. What a special gift! I'm sure that your father will treasure it.

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  16. Sewed for a king. Beautifully done, Birgitte.

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