My sleeve victory, while important, was only a step along the way to a greater achievement: I have now pieced the robe together.
Surprisingly, I did not revisit the instructions for this pattern at all (Simplicity 4795), since doing a general review of them at the very beginning, before I connected the shoulders, somewhat mistakenly. So all in all, this pattern was 0 for 1. I remember finding the way this particular one was layed out to be particularly confusing, and I couldn’t tell if I was supposed to stitch the sides of the robe first and ease the sleeves, or stitch flat sleeves by doing the shoulder seam first. Since I couldn’t figure out the stupid instructions, I said “#@*$ it!” and went the flat sleeve route, as it is easier.
My order of attaching the pieces was as follows:
1) Attach sleeves to robe at shoulder seams. I stitched and tried on in between a lot because I was afraid of the robe being too big. It was a good call, I think the sleeve was hanging about a foot off the end of my hand at first. I would up taking almost 6 inches off both the sleeve and the body piece.
2) Stitch the underarm seam closed for both sides. And overcast the edges. For what its worth, I also overcasted the shoulder seam.
3) Stitch the sides of the robe closed. Again, I wound up taking in about 6 inches on each side, more near the top of the robe than the bottom.
I did use the tissue paper trick to keep my seams from getting too wavy. I found that a folded piece (or two pieces) worked better than a single piece. Below is a shot showing how to place the tissue paper – between the fabric and the feed dogs of the machine.
Here is a shot of what the underside of the fabric looks like after stitching through the tissue paper.
And the leftovers, after pulling the tissue away, will probably disintegrate the first time I wash it. Which I plan to do before DragonCon, probably by hand. Because I am terrified of the washer & dryer wreaking havoc on my costume.
I technically still have to hem it. And add some hand sewn black jewels. But I am calling it done for the moment. Huzzah! 😀 Here it is, without belt and head piece and shoulders, with the file I have been following as a guide.
My version is definitely different than what the troll is wearing on the left – for one thing, the top of my robe seems a bit more modest than hers. I was just frightened at the prospect of doing that properly. I will certainly need to wear a white / light tank and some leggings underneath this, as the ivory portion shows dark colors through it very easily.
Next up, belt. Hopefully that piece will be quick!