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Topic: Completed! Men's Robe for very tall man! *now wieh model photos!*  (Read 2396 times)
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« on: November 12, 2006 12:31:25 PM »

  1 dragon novelty button
+ 1 Simplicity Pattern # 5329
+ 1.25 Yards of Satin Ribbon
+ 2 sewing machines
+ 3 seamstresses
+ 4 bobbin refills
+ 5 Yards of dragon-printed brocade
+ 145 yards of thread
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1 Robe fit for a 6'6 man!

(I promise there are photos at the end of my long-winded write up!)


This project started all the way back in March, I think it was.  I 

was visiting my friend SA.  He's a college student,  and was living

in communal housing with a few other guys. I asked  him if I could

borrow his robe to wear back and forth to th  bathroom, and he told

me he didn't have one.  I asked him why, and  he explained it was

because any robe he's ever tried on has always  been too short on

him (He's 6'6").  Wheels started churning in my  head, but I didn't

really do anything about it until July, when I  was hanging out

with Chris and J, and we went to Joann Fabrics.  Chris and I

frolicked around the store (and had a great time in the  tassel

section!), and we stumbled upon the Chinese inspired  brocades. 

The dragon printed fabric immediately caught my eye as  something

that would look great on SA, but I didn't get it just  yet.  I

bought the fabric in August when my mom was visiting, and  the

pattern as well, and sent her home with the fabric, intending  on

making it when I was home for Thanksgiving.  The woman at the 

store assured me it would be "easy" to adjust the pattern, and 

since the XL sized robe called for 4.25 yards, she advised me to 

get 5 yards (even though I'd have preferred 6!)

We won't rehash why I moved back home in September, but I was home,

 and in October I asked mom about helping me with this robe.  We 

finally cut out the pattern and laid it out on the fabric the 

weekend before Halloween.  Panic ensued as we tried to add extra 

length to the pattern and decide which size to make.  I had poor SA

 measure so many parts of his body, he had no idea what I was

making  for him! 

The decision was finally made to make the Size Large robe as 

opposed to the medium, since we figure BIGGER was better than too 

small, and added 15.5" onto the length of the robe, and 2" to each 

sleeve.  We also moved down the pocket a few inches, as well as the

 belt loops and inside tie.  The robe called for two pockets, but

to  conserve fabric, I decided on one.  I also decided I wanted to

give  him a loop to hang it on a hook, which I made out of the hem

of a  pair of corduroys we had shortened.  I also found whimsical

dragon  buttons, and just for fun, I added a button onto the front

of the  pocket. 

All-in-All, i think it took us about 20 hours between laying out, 

cutting, and sewing.  Not too bad, really. 

The original pattern states that the finished project is 45" long 

from neck to hem.  I had SA measure down on his body how long 45" 

was, and that fell around his knees.  Then, I asked him to add on a

 foot onto that measurement, and THAT landed around his calves, a 

much better place for a robe to end. The finished project was 60" 

before the hem was added, and we put about an inch to two inch hem 

on it. 

What really helped with the pattern was taking pieces we weren't 

using (the little boy's pattern, mostly), and cutting pieces out to

 add to the length instead of just eyeballing things. 

The most frustrating part was working with the fabric - I'm a small

 person (barely 5') and the robe itself was as big as me!  Also,

the  brocade made it a bit slippery. 

As far as the pattern goes, the worst piece to work with was the 

sleeve, since they were practically square pieces of fabric. We 

actually sewed on the one sleeve sideways the first time and caused

 about an hour of confusion as things didn't line up the right way!

We wound up using my aunt's ping pong table to do a lot of the 

laying out/pinning/pressing because we simply didn't have enough 

room anywhere else!

Here's some photos of the finished project hanging up.  I'm 

visiting SA on Tuesday and plan on giving it to him then, so I'll 

post photos of him modeling it (as long as I get his permission) 

sometime on Tuesday or Wednesday.






I promise, the sleeves ARE even, it's just not hanging on the

hanger properly.  Hopefully I can take some photos of SA modeling

it.



Just because I needed to make it a little on the whimsical side, I

saw this adorable dragon button and couldn't resist it!



Incredibly blurry shot of the hanging tag - Made from the hemline

of a pair of my corduroys we cut off when we hemmed them.  I

figured the corduroy would be better able to hold up the weight of

the robe over using a piece of robe fabric.



Hanging loose, again, uneven. You can see the inside tie ribbon

hanging in the front, and the belt tie hanging at the side.



all tied up and ready to give!
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« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2006 12:39:14 PM »

You are an awsome friend.  Great job on the robe!
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« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2006 12:43:54 PM »

Thanks! I hope he thinks so too!
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« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2006 05:37:54 PM »

What a thoughtful thing to do for your friend!  It looks fabulous.  I bet he'll have it for a long time.
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« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2006 06:01:37 PM »

thanks, i'm sure he will, too!
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« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2006 07:07:20 AM »

He covered his face so I could take these photos for you...










He's calling it his Kimono, and there's enough fabric for him to tie it like a kimono, and it even hides the pocket:




HE LOVES IT!!! Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: November 15, 2006 01:25:25 PM »

1. Yepp, that is one tall guy!! Grin

2. GREAT job!! Fits perfectly!!

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« Reply #7 on: November 15, 2006 02:17:01 PM »

Awesome!  It really looks great.  I'm glad everything worked out after all the frustrations.  I know sometimes a simple project seems to take on a mind of its own!  Congrats!
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« Reply #8 on: November 15, 2006 04:10:07 PM »

Thanks!


yeah, he's so tall and I'm so short that when he wants to hug me, he sits down.  otherwise i have to hug him around his waist like i'm a little kid!
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