I never thought I'd sew a Christmas present for my Dad, but I was inspired this year! When my parents came to visit a few months ago, my Mum was complaining that my Dad's summer cotton bathrobe really needed a wash, but he didn't want to put it in the wash as his spare was a satin one that made him too hot. The idea of sewing him one popped in my head.
I already had a half yard of the tools fabric in my stash (from the Suburbia range by Robert Kaufman), and I hunted around and found just enough blue quilter's cotton too. I was going to draft my own pattern from my husband's robe, but I couldn't find it (robes don't get much use in this house, and it must be in a box somewhere!). I then spotted Kwik Sew pattern 2325 in my drawer:
Yes, it's a ladies pattern, but hey, a bathrobe is a bathrobe! I made it in extra large and cuffed the sleeves with my feature fabric instead of lace.
I also added some pockets.
Apologies for the average photos – I only finished this on the Monday morning before Christmas and I had to post it off that day. The photos were taken in a rush (and I couldn’t find the belt I’d made, but it was found before I posted it!), so they didn't turn out very well. I’m off to visit my family soon, so maybe I'll get some photos of my Dad wearing it!
I was happy to be able to given a man in my life a handmade present. It feels so much more special as they are so hard to sew for! Did you make any manly Christmas presents?