Make your own Espadrilles: How I made Slippers to match my Suki Robe!

Make your own footwear

Hi again!

If you’ve read my last post, you will have seen that I was fortunate enough to be a pattern tester for the brand new pattern release from Helen’s Closet; the Suki Robe.

Make your own footwear

Well, I couldn’t very well make the robe of my dreams and then pair it with my battered ol’ slippers could I?! So I tossed them out in the trash and made my own Matchy Matchy pair using the Prym Espadrilles kit sent to me for review by Minerva Crafts.  You can read my review and demo of how I made these slip on’s using the same floaty lightweight viscose fabric I made the robe in over on Minerva’s Blog now. Clue: they’re the easiest things ever!!

Put it this way, I feel like a kid playing dress-up in this – not a bad way to start the day! I’ll be making a pair to match every robe I make!

Prym Espadrilles tutorial
I just keep thinking of Pinhead from Hellraiser!

Until next time, happy summer sewing!

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Pattern Testing the Suki Robe by Helen’s Closet!

Suki helens closet

Hi Sewing Friends!

I’m so excited to be part of the launch of the stunning new pattern released by Helen’s Closet  – it’s the Suki Robe – aka the ultimate in loungewear. Trust me on this, you need this robe in your life!

Helen's closet kimono

The making of this robe started and ended with a happy dance. When I received the email from Helen asking if I wanted to pattern test Suki, I literally jumped up and down for a whole five minutes with glee. Fortuitously, the email came through on a Friday evening, so I was able to celebrate by cracking open the wine! Y’see, not only did I already know I love Helen’s drafting (see her Blackwood cardi I made here and her Winslow culottes I made here); I’d also been coveting a robe for a while.

I’d seen a few of this style pattern popping up across social media recently which certainly got the idea of sewing one up germinating in my little mind – but none of them ticked all the boxes for me; mostly as they were designed as outerwear pieces. As someone who practically lives in PJ’s/loungewear, I knew I wanted a long-length robe with full on sleeves, cuff and neck bands, long (preferably anchored) waist ties and, of course, pockets. The Suki has all of these plus the addition of an inner tie to keep things nicely secure and the added little touch of a hanging loop. Since its original launch, the size range on this pattern has been expanded and is now available in sizes 0-30. There is also lots of online support for the sewing of this robe, including a sew-a-long!

Helen's closet

The Suki comes in two lengths, long like mine or a shorter length, perfect for a poolside robe! It has a reasonably close fit at the shoulders and upper back, a flattering but relaxed fit at the waist and flares out more at the hip. Perfect loungewear! You can see why the email from Helen just felt so serendipitous – it was everything I’d been looking for!

And I’d got the perfect fabric for it! Three metres of this floaty vibrant red floral viscose challis; it seemed to be begging to be made into a floaty robe! I did contemplate doing the bands and ties in a contrasting solid black but decided against it; though I’m sure to try that on another version.

Suki helens closet

The pattern itself is aimed at ‘Adventurous Beginners’, however Helen has cleverly thrown in a couple of optional touches to raise it to ‘Intermediate’ should you wish. I’d say, if you want to keep it simple, lengthen the front band (especially if you’re not using a contrasting fabric) and keep your inner front and sleeve band seams exposed. I did the short version of the front bands even though I wasn’t using a contrast, as part of the testing process, and then topstitched my band seams – I wanted that topstitching detail. You have plenty of wiggle room in determining where your inner and outer ties go so they sit at your natural waist. In fact the only alteration I made was to take out a couple of inches from the overall length of the robe – it’s drafted for a woman of 5.6″. I love how it turned out!

Helen's closet
Matching slip-ons!

I quickly realised that I’d sewn the robe of my dreams … which looked absolutely and totally ridiculous paired with the tatty old slippers I generally shuffle around in! No, that simply wouldn’t do! And talk about serendipity again; Minerva.com had offered me the Prym Espadrilles kits to test so, an hour and a bit later, I’d got the perfect pair of matching slip-ons! Now I can look put-together even when I’ve just got up in search of that first cup of coffee. At that time of day I can still barely open the one eye and with my hair sticking out at various forty-five degree angles, I definitely don’t look too much like a screen siren but, believe me, wearing this robe makes me feel like one and that’s half the battle…right!?

Helen's closet Suki kimono
Deep pockets – perfect for stashing your ‘phone! Or, y’know, biscuits 😉

Until next time, I’m still doing the happy dance!

The Blackwood Cardigan by Helen’s Closet – a perfect layering piece! #MCBN

Sew Sarah smith

Sew Sarah smith

Hi again!

Long term readers of this ol’ blog may well remember me waxing lyrical about my experience sewing the first garment pattern out of Helen’s Closet, the Winslow Culottes. Well Helen’s only gone and done it again with this, the Blackwood Cardigan – it’s such an incredibly wearable, transitional, piece of clothing!

I made mine out of a gorgeously soft, classic houndstooth Ponte sent to me by Minerva Crafts; if you want to read about its construction, see more pics and find the links to this high quality fabric and all the other products I used, head over to my Minerva Crafts Blogger Network post (click HERE) – it’s basically an ‘Ode to the Sleeve’! I have washed and worn this Cardigan non stop since I made it!

There will be many, many more of these appearing in my wardrobe. I really want a burgundy one like the one Helen’s wearing above and a lightweight ribbed grey one, probably a black one too…mmm, I reckon, to be on the safe side, I’ll need a cream as well…

Anyhoo, moving on from my reverie, and not forgetting that Helen is also one of the #sewtogetherforsummer Sponsors, let me remind you that she is kindly offering a fortunate #sewtogetherforsummer 2017 participant a free copy of the Blackwood pattern! I can’t wait to see what she designs next!

Until next time, (when I’ll hopefully surface with a well fitting pair of Pedal Pushers or a new and improved McCalls M6696 Shirtdress).

Thanks for reading!

Sew Sarah smith

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