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Just Call Me Scarlett!

Just Call Me Scarlett!

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!!

My new pink roses housecoat

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.

2 inch band of green on the top of the pocket

The pattern I used to make my housecoat wasn’t quite as old as the one I used to make middle daughter’s pjs.

McCall's pattern that I used for my housecoat

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.  🙂

my new housecoat hanging from 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!


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  • Patricia Cash
    July 25, 2015 8:00 am

    Lovely housecoat. I new here and looked at the quilt and it is beautiful.

  • Rebecca
    July 19, 2015 8:08 pm

    In my part of the world, we call them dressing gowns! Very pretty.

  • Karen
    July 19, 2015 4:33 pm

    Your robe is really pretty. I love that it was a shower curtain in its ‘first life’ and that you added the green facings to the front to add interest.

  • Abigail
    July 19, 2015 3:00 am

    Love your thrift shop finds – what a wonderful dressing gown!

  • Maartje Quilt
    July 18, 2015 2:25 pm

    A shower curtain? I cannot believe it!! It is a beauty!!!

  • Carie
    July 18, 2015 3:48 am

    It’s beautiful!! I would never have guessed that it was originally a shower curtain!

  • M-R
    July 17, 2015 6:46 pm

    Lovely! I do remember that skit too — lol!

  • Karen at runsewfun
    July 17, 2015 6:25 pm

    Oh this is classic! The photo on the shower rod is perfect. I don’t need to watch the clip…I remember!

  • Julie Stocker
    July 17, 2015 4:58 pm

    What a fabulous job of upcycling here! I would love to score a shower curtain that gorgeous. Lucky you for finding it, and then knowing what to do with it.

    Julie @ PInk Doxies

  • Lori
    July 17, 2015 9:45 am

    That is certainly a fantastic example of creativity! The robe is lovely -I can’t believe that was a shower curtain!

  • Gina
    July 17, 2015 2:49 am

    Great housecoat. I need to make one for myself as I just use long saggy cardigans at the moment

  • Muv aka Lizzie Lenard
    July 16, 2015 6:03 pm

    Gosh Super Mom, how did you manage to find a shower curtain that wasn’t made of plastic? The green contrast is a masterstroke.

    Love, Muv

  • Mary Anne
    July 16, 2015 5:57 pm

    Oh yes, I remember that Carol Burnett piece. I must say however that your housecoat is far nicer than her dress!!

  • Doris McCarty
    July 16, 2015 6:24 pm

    Oh, I so love this,it turned out great! And I really needed that laugh today. So funny! I love Carol Burnett.

  • Susan
    July 16, 2015 5:21 pm

    That is entirely too funny! I love the housecoat, and can’t believe that was a shower curtain!

  • Vickie- HorseMark Cards
    July 16, 2015 5:57 pm

    This is such a pretty and cool looking robe! You have given me a wonderful idea on making one for me. I have a pretty fitted sheet that doesn’t fit our bed that would make a nice cool summer robe! Thanks for the idea!
    Enjoy lounging in your new robe!

  • Karen
    July 16, 2015 1:33 pm

    I agree with you, that is really nice! I have been thinking of sewing a nightgown or robe, too. You inspire me!

  • Rachel
    July 16, 2015 11:54 am

    That looks just like a kimono on display in a museum!

    I’ve had innumerable skirts and dresses made of curtain material over the years. Some of it even had a Utility mark on it, suggesting it dated from the 1940s or 1950s!

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