Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Costume Pattern Transformed Into Clergy Robe S5386
Over the past several years, I have made several garments for Minister Ross. The commissions range from formal wear to clergy robes. In August her husband asked me to make two robes for her: one using the standard pattern Butterick 6844. He allowed me to express my creativity for the second one. ;-) For it I went on a hunt to find something a little different. As I searched the pattern books at JoAnn, I stumbled upon this costume pattern S5386.
Pattern Description: Men's and Teens' Duster. I transformed this pattern into a clergy robe.
Pattern Sizing: Sizes from XS to XL
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes and No. The style lines of the duster are the same. I did make some changes using contrasting fabric and some in the construction of the garment.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes. But again I didn't follow them exactly. All changes construction and design are below.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? Everything. It was perfect for the project. The design resembled a basic priest robe.
Fabric Used: polyester crepe and jacquard royal blue on royal blued with cross motif.
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
- Underlined from the neckline to the waist.
- Used contrasting fabric for the sleeves, outer collar, gun flaps, back yoke, front and back facings.
- Sew on snaps instead of Velcro for front closure.
- Reverse the closure (right front side over the left front).
- lined the gun flaps instead of forming a narrow hem around the outer edges.
- Under stitched the upper edge of the collar and front facing instead of top stitching them.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes. Minister Ross would like another robe made from the pattern.
Conclusion: This costume pattern was easy to sew even with the many changes made to transform it into a clergy robe. This is a very well drafted pattern. The pieces went together easily. An advanced beginner should be able to sew it without any problems.
My Flickr set on this project.