Last week, when I posted the photos of the pj pants and shorts I made for our middle daughter, Debra commented that it was like Scarlett O’Hara making a dress from curtains. So this week when I started cutting out a new housecoat for myself, I couldn’t help but smile the whole time because rather than using vintage sheets as I’d done for the pjs, I was using a 100% cotton shower curtain that was another of my thrift store finds.
There wasn’t enough fabric to make an ankle length housecoat so I opted to shorten the pattern for a knee length version. I had just enough then to cut the 2 front pieces, the back, pockets and belt (which had to be cut from 4 short pieces to obtain the length needed.)
I didn’t have enough to cut out the long facing pattern pieces so I searched through my fabric dresser and came up with a 1/2 yard cut of pretty green fabric leftover from making this quilt.
I am thrilled with the way it turned out!!
When sewing the facing on, I sewed it right side of facing to the wrong side of the housecoat and pressed the facing to the outside to give me the contrasting band as opposed to sewing right sides together and pressing it to the inside. Then I topstitched along the entire length of the facing.
To make it look like I’d planned it that way from the start, I also added a 2 inch band of the green to the top of each of the pockets.
The pattern I used to make my housecoat wasn’t quite as old as the one I used to make middle daughter’s pjs.
I bought this pattern to make a housecoat for myself when I was getting ready to go on a self designed writer’s retreat back in 2003.
I couldn’t resist taking this photo of my housecoat actually on a shower curtain rod. 🙂
Just for giggles, who else remembers this Carol Burnett sketch?
I guess, I’ll just have to call this my Scarlett O’Hara housecoat!