A Luxury Liberty Lightweight Dressing Gown

I know, another blog post within a week! What is this craziness while I am very literally juggling a newborn baby?!

This is another of my pre-baby makes. And like the pyjama bottoms from my blog post earlier this week (here), I wanted to make this as a practical item to take with me in my hospital bag for going into labour. A lot of people recommend taking a lightweight dressing gown as maternity units can be very warm.

And for the feel-good factor I finally dipped into my stash for the fabric, rather than buying something new.  I forgot I had this Liberty fabric, so decided to splash out using this! I figured it would be nice to feel a tiny bit glamorous while in hospital.

The pattern I used was Gather Kits’ Buchanan. I have a big ol’ soft spot for Gather Kits, as my very first make was one of their patterns (the Mortmain dress – blog post here).

I had a few traumas making this as disaster struck when my sewing machine decided to breakdown! I know, the worst right?! All ok now though, as it was fixed by having a service and fiddling with some different needles (thank you Sewing Machines Direct).

The pattern was easy enough to put together. The only difficult thing I found was my machine not liking sewing the Liberty fabric with any kind of needle… maybe it was having a fussy day.

And after all of this… I never did wear it in the hospital! I think I forgot that I had it. Plus I was in for a few days and preferred getting properly dressed each day to make myself feel a bit more human. But I do have this hanging up in my bedroom now, which will be perfect for wearing in the Summer.

I love the navy trim on this dressing gown – I think it really compliments the colouring of the Liberty fabric well. And I have to say, I really recommend Gather Kits patterns. Their instructions are lovely and detailed – so you will struggle to go too far wrong!

Pattern: Buchanan by Gather Kits

Fabric: Liberty Tana Lawn (trim in a plain navy lawn from my stash)

Size made: Medium

Alterations made: None

4 Comments

  1. by Leigh on May 8, 2017  5:01 pm Reply

    Ah, this is so beautiful! I think I may have added this to my ever growing project 'wishlist'! I've just started up my own sewing blog as I'm a total newbie dressmaker, you said that the pattern was pretty easy, would this be suitable for a beginner?

    • by Gingerthread Girl on May 14, 2017  2:22 pm Reply

      Hi, and thanks so much for your comment! I would say this is probably for ambitious beginners. It is mostly straightforward, but a couple of bits might be tricky for a complete beginner. Hope this helps! And happy sewing :)

  2. by Let's Get Sewing on May 26, 2017  8:57 pm Reply

    What a gorgeous make! The fabric is absolutely stunning.

    • by Gingerthread Girl on July 28, 2017  10:00 pm Reply

      Thank you so much! I don't think the photos do justice either.

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