My Daughter’s Christmas Gift

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If you haven’t noticed, I sew; a lot. Like almost every day. It is a great hobby. Not only do I keep myself busy and learning new techniques, but I make things!

Recently, I made a couple of gifts for Christmas. One for my hubby, which I will write about later. Today, I want to write about my gift for my daughter. She has for years wanted a 1940’s style peignoir. I don’t do marabou, but I do work with silk and lace. So I made her a surprise robe.

Here it is:



I used this pattern:



Now this robe was a labor of love and took a LOT longer than I expected. The pattern wasn’t actually a challenge. The fabric was! It was an unusual color: a gorgeous teal that was an ombre to almost white. To achieve the ombre from collar to hem, I cut the fabric crosswise.

The real problem with the lovely fabric was this:


Yup! It frays! Badly!! Early on, I realized that I would have to do French (enclosed) seams to contain the fraying. This is why:


As you can see, my first attempt at setting in the shoulder was a disaster. But my diligence eventually paid off:


But believe me, it was no small feat to finish all of the seams:


The fraying of the fabric was such a challenge that I told someone that it felt like I was sewing a cat! I started calling the robe The CAT!

It took me waaay longer than I thought it would, but I think it turned out well. My daughter was overjoyed. THAT makes it all worth the blood, sweat and tears!

I have three yards of the CAT fabric left, but I do not think I will be using the rest of this beautiful fabric anytime soon. I have to give it … myself … a break.  So I am on to other projects…

Until Next Time,





7 thoughts on “My Daughter’s Christmas Gift

    1ecomodel said:
    January 17, 2018 at 8:38 am

    So beautiful!


      itsjusttoni said:
      January 17, 2018 at 10:40 am

      Thank you so much!


    Cristina said:
    January 17, 2018 at 10:49 am

    It’s so nice. I’m a little miffed I only asked for a wallet:)


      itsjusttoni said:
      January 22, 2018 at 7:09 am

      Your wallet is in progress! Look for it in my suitcase… ❤


    Linda Bye said:
    January 17, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    Very nice Toni…You have way….more patience, than I would have had. Hope your both well.


      itsjusttoni said:
      January 22, 2018 at 7:11 am

      Thanks so much, Linda! We are great! I hope You guys are doing well too! Miss you.


    I Made Some Things « Itsjusttoni's Blog said:
    February 20, 2018 at 4:23 pm

    […] I visited my older daughter for Christmas. You remember her; the one I made the robe for. Well, she fell in love with my wallet and bemoaned the fact that her wallet was old and worn […]


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