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The Perfect Gift~ The Compose Robe

Looking for a quick and easy gift idea? The Compose Robe to the rescue! I just love my Compose robe ~ it is definitely the most worn me-made garment in my closet.

Today, 11/25/22 the Compose Robe pattern (Adults and Kids) is on sale for just $5! So go shop your stash and whip up some great gifts that everyone will LOVE!

Details

Why I love this pattern:

  • Makes THE perfect gift! (I made one for my sister for Christmas last year)
  • Quick and easy sew.
  • Beginner Friendly
  • Can be made in knit or woven fabrics.
  • Banded or hooded options
  • 2 different lengths available: Knee and Calf
  • Hanging loop included in pattern.

Sizing and Alterations

The Compose Rose for women is available in sizes XS – 5X. A full bust front is available if needed. Be sure to choose your size according to your high bust measurement. This is extremely important to get a good fit at the shoulder. If in-between sizes, size down. Several of the LN Ambassadors have used this pattern for men as well~ simply use their chest measurement to determine their size.

The Compose Robe pattern completely changed my mind about wrap robes. I have never been able to buy a wrap robe that fit me correctly. In order to avoid gaping at the bust, I would always have to buy a larger size. Sizing up when you are only 5 feet tall just means the shoulders look sloppy and the sleeves are way too long! I honestly thought I just didn’t like wrap robes! But when you make one that fits you perfectly~ your whole opinion on them changes. I truly wear this robe more than anything else in my closet!

My high bust measurement of 40″ put me into the XL. Since my full bust is more than 4″ larger, I used the full bust pattern piece. Remember that using the full bust piece adds 2″ to the waist and hips finished measurements. Because of this, I did NOT grade out for my hips. (My hips are just outside of the XL range at the moment.)

I made the knee length robe. I did NOT shorten it for my height (5 feet) because I wanted it to be just a bit longer. I did shorten my sleeves by 2″. I typically shorten sleeves on most Love Notions pattern by about 1″. I did want these sleeves to be a tad shorter, so I wouldn’t get them wet when washing my hands and face at night and in the morning. Just a personal preference.

Since I am short, I did raise the placement of my belt loops up by 1″ to insure that the belt would sit at my waist. If you know you are long or short waisted, I suggest basting the loops on (as directed in Step 4) and holding the robe front up to yourself to check the placement.

Adding Inside Ties

The only change I made to this pattern was to include inside ties at the waist to help prevent the robe from gaping. When you are busty and hippy, this is something that happens very commonly when wearing wrap garments. I made ties from my robe fabric. You could also use twill tape, ribbon or bias tape for the inside ties since they will be inside and won’t show. If your fabric is thick and/or bulky you would most likely want to do this.

To make the ties:

  • Cut 2 pieces of fabric 1″ X 22″. If you are making larger than an XL you may want to make them longer.
  • Fold ties in half RST and stitch along the long edge with a 3/8″ seam.
  • Stitch across one short end.
  • Turn ties right side out and press.
  • Attach the ties to the inside of the robe as follows:

On one side attach the tie to the seam allowance where the belt loop is sewn. I used a small zigzag stitch.

On the other side, attach the tie to the seam allowance of the front and front band, lining it up with the belt loop.

Sewing Tip for the Compose Robe

If your fabric is heavy and/or bulky, you might want to cut your hanging loop from a thinner matching or contrasting fabric, ribbon or twill tape. The extra bulk makes it very hard to sew the bands to the back neck edge. This might only be an issue for some of the heavier and bulky fleece fabrics.

Fabrics

The Compose Robe can be made with knit or woven fabrics. If choosing a woven fabric, you might want to size down since the fabric is less bulky. Medium to heavyweight knits such as fleece, sweatshirt fleece, French Terry, Ponte, waffle knit, sweater knits and double knits will all work well. For a lighter weight Spring/Summer robe cotton spandex or bamboo cotton knits would be lovely. I think I might need to make myself a Bamboo Cotton jersey version! If you are from the US, and have ever wondered what you could possibly use that fleece from Joann Fabrics for~ THIS is the pattern.

In fact you can even make this robe out of one of those cute and inexpensive throw blankets! Several LN sewists have done this in the past and they came out great!!

I made my Compose from a sweatshirt fleece that had minimal stretch. It was the perfect fabric! It is warm but not too bulky. Raspberry Creek Fabrics has the best selection of sweatshirt fleece in a variety of pretty plaids, florals and other prints. You can also have any design from their Designer Studio printed onto the sweatshirt fleece base. My floral print is still available. You can find it HERE.


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Mary Anne 🙂


You can grab the Compose Robe pattern HERE.

The Kid’s Compose robe is also on sale. It is available in sizes 2T-16. Grab it here.

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To receive an additional 10% off the pattern price, use this coupon code MARYMAC10. This coupon code can be used at anytime on any pattern….even a $5 Feature Friday pattern. It never expires!!

Fabric Resources

Raspberry Creek Fabrics: excellent source for French Terry and sweatshirt fleece

The 5 Love Notions Patterns I’m Sewing This Fall

If you’re here on my blog today~ then you must have heard that Love Notions is having a site-wide sale this week, 10/3-10/7 2022. All patterns are 40% off! Not sure which patterns to add to your collection? To help you out I’ve put together a list of the 5 patterns that I’m sewing this Fall.

Be sure to read to the end to learn how YOU can win a free Boyfriend Cardigan pattern from me and a serger sewing machine from Love Notions!!! GIVEAWAY CLOSED

1. Aria Button down

Why?

OPTIONS!!!!

  • 3 Length Options: Shirt, Tunic and Dress(knee length)
  • 3 Sleeve Options: Sleeveless, Short, Long
  • 2 Collar Options: Banded and Standard Collar
  • Dress Options: Tie Belt or Drawstring Waist
  • Great pattern for someone new to shirt making
  • Great construction details, such a yoke burrito method and the tower placket on the sleeve.
  • AMAZING ARIA Course! A step-by-step on demand video tutorial is available for purchase.
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One Can Never Have Too Many Boyfriends…..Cardigans That Is!!

I love the month of September. Where I live the crowds leave the beaches and it becomes what we call “local summer”. The days are warm enough to spend at the beach and in the ocean, but the nights turn cool and breezy. September is when I look forward to pulling out my cardigans! One of my most loved cardigans is the Boyfriend Cardigan from Love Notions.

What better way to celebrate the arrival of September than to grab the Boyfriend Cardigan pattern for just $5 today (9/02/2022)

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The La Bella Donna~ For “The Beautiful Women”

There are some patterns that are so good, you just sew them over and over. Imagine a top that makes you look great on your good days AND bad days. A top that is forgiving when you gain a few pounds here and there. A top that always makes you feel good about yourself. Sound too good to be true? Nope~ the Love Notions La Bella Donna or the LBD as we like to call it truly lives up to it’s name. “The Beautiful Woman” is exactly who you will be when wearing this top or tunic.

To see how I created one of my favorite Tee shirts, scroll down to see how I combine the LBD with the Classic Tee.

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Sew Scallops For Summer

The New Saltwhistle from Love Notions

The newly released Saltwhistle peplum top and dress is such a cute and flirty sew! It’s just perfect for summer! I didn’t test this pattern, but as a Love Notions Ambassador I was able to get my hands on it a few days early so that I could whip one up. In just a couple hours, I had this cute little summer peplum top with an adorable scalloped hem!

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Sprinting Into Summer-with the Love Notions Sprint Muscle Shirt

I might be biased, but I think my little great nephew is just the coolest showing off his muscles in his first Sprint Muscle Shirt. Want to keep your kids(grandkids) cool and comfortable all summer? ~~ then sprint over to Love Notions today and grab your Sprint Muscle Shirt for just $5! (Sale is 7/8/22 only)

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Sew Mary Mac Sews Miss Mary Mack

Does this title confuse you? Can you say that five times fast? Regardless~ one thing you shouldn’t be confused about is whether or not you need the Miss Mary Mack Tunic pattern in your library. If you want my opinion, that is a definite YES!

Little Vivi Lou (my little grand niece) is turning one in less than a week~ and that means that it was time for Aunt Mary to sew up some more cute clothes. I was so excited to sew up a whole bunch of Miss Mary Mack tunics for her! It is such an adorable and timeless style!

The Miss Mary Mack is just $5 today as one of the Love Notions Feature Friday patterns. Keep reading to learn about 2 others that are $5 today too!! (SALE IS NOW OVER) Even if you don’t have any little ones to sew for, this is a great pattern to have on hand. You never know when you might need it. Read my tips below for another idea for this timeless tunic!

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The Ballad Blouse and Block Fusing

Today I wanted to share with you my newest Love Notions sew~ the Ballad Blouse! And yes, it is the $5 Friday pattern today, 6/17/22. Along with a detailed review of the Ballad Blouse, I also wanted to discuss in detail my top tips for sewing this blouse! Keep reading to learn more!

This is such a perfect blouse for summer. Sewn in the right fabric it will keep you looking cool and comfortable all summer no matter how hot it gets where you live!

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Rhapsody In Blue….

and plum and cream and florals and so on……

If you haven’t made a Rhapsody blouse…what are you waiting for? Don’t be like me and miss out on this awesome pattern any longer. Can you believe that I had never made one until just a few weeks ago. Fast forward to today~ and I now have 5!!

I LOVE this pattern! My go to woven top pattern used to be the Harmony, and although I still love my Harmonys~ the Rhapsody has moved to the top! I find it so amazing that one blouse(and dress)pattern can create so many totally different blouses! A casual top to wear with jeans, a dressier blouse to wear to work, or a boho blouse to wear with linen pants~ the Rhapsody can do it all!

I HIGHLY recommend grabbing this week’s Love Notions Feature Friday pattern today (5/20/22) for $5. You will not be disappointed!

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The Best Bang For Your Buck~ Love Notions Spring Sale

In honor of the 40% off site wide sale at Love Notions this week, May2-6, 2022~ I decided to put together a list of patterns that I think give you the most bang for your buck! Not sure which patterns to add to your collection? Well, keep reading to see why these 5 patterns are a great bargain! To win a free Love Notions pattern from me, make sure to read to the end!

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