I was so excited to be chosen as one of the participants Sew Mama Sew‘s Citronille pattern challenge! The patterns are all charming, and I had the opportunity to work with the Emile pattern for this challenge. In addition to seeing what other participants created using these great patterns (see the end of the post for a list!), make sure that you stop by Sew Mama Sew blog for a chance to win a Citronille pattern of your choice.
The pattern comes in three sizes, and I made the 4-year size for my daughter, who is almost four. We went to the fabric store together, and after I told her that I was making her a cozy robe, she declared that she wanted pink!* We found this lovely and soft ribbed chenille, and it totally delights me and makes me giggle to say that I made a “chenille Emile!”
For a bit of interest, I cut the pocket pieces crossways to the grain.
I made only two slight changes to the pattern: both involving the the belt. First, I had to piece the belt itself– there was only 1 yard and 6 inches remaining on the bolt for the fabric I’d fallen for (of course!), and so I made it work. Another option I considered was using a satiny fabric. Second, instead of attaching the belt permanently at the sides as the pattern directed, I made little loops to insert into the side seams so that the belt threads through them and moves. My little girl is a skinny-minnie so I wanted to make sure that the belt would be able to tie tightly enough.
I loved working with the pattern. It was very easy to follow the English translation with the illustrations in the original pattern. I thought the way the pockets were constructed was a genius little detail, and I will be using that trick in the future! It took me about four hours total to complete my daughter’s robe from cutting out to finishing. There was just the right amount of description to complete each step.
In fact, I loved the pattern so much, and the end result was so adorable, that I knew I had to make another one right away. Back to the fabric store I went, and I found the same lovely chenille in blue for my son (V had declared he should wear green, but alas, that color was not available in this fabric).
This second robe went even more quickly– I essentially finished it in one evening. I made the 2-year size for my 14-month-old son. It’s just a little bit big, but that is great, since he seems to be growing almost visibly! I purposely left the sleeves long so that he can use the robe longer. We just have them rolled up a bit for now. I did the same belt loops for his robe, and his belt is a bit shorter than the pattern calls for, but it works!
Thank you so much, Sew Mama Sew and Fiddlehead, for the opportunity to work with this darling pattern! I love it!
Be sure to have a look at the creations made by the other Citronille Pattern challenge participants
- Michelle Morris of That Black Chic
- Sherri Sylvester of thread riding hood
- Tenille Brien of Tenille’s Thread
- Maris Olsen of Sew Maris
- Marisa of thirtynine
- Vanessa Lynch of Punkin Patterns
- Sara Johansen of The Sara project
- Natalie Strand of Vegetablog (that’s me!!)
- Diane Reafsnyder of Gator Bunny
- Jessica Wright of Willow & Stitch
- Sara Homer of Now Try This
- Kelly Donovan of Craftree
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*This surprised me, because blue/aqua is her current favorite color.