|Yes. I am reposting this picture. I love it that much.|
A few thoughts on the pattern. First of all - the internet will lead you to believe that this is a quick and easy project. THE INTERNET LIES. No, really. I think I started these robes back in May? June? I didn't finish them until mere hours before we left for Geneva. In August.
|So tired after a day at the beach at Geneva State Park.|
Another part of it is that I don't have a surger. Be warned - if you attempt this project w/o one you will sew every seam twice. So that took quite a bit longer than expected.
|The look on her face is exactly how I feel about that.|
About the specific robes: The girls is two towels from Target's basic collection. There was no way I was going to be able to do this out of one towel like the pattern says. That or Target's towels are just skimpy. The lining fabric is some "vintage" fabric that I got from my grandma's stash.
|Behold the awesome that is my grandma's fabric stash. And that's only one cabinet.|
I love the bright, grass green against the majenta-y pink! New colorway, perhaps?
But gray on a toddler didn't really work for me. I like it when my kids are in colors that I can spot easily. This is a trick borrowed from my mom who used to dress us in the brightest neons the late '80's had to offer. (Maybe that explains the hammer pants?) So I just used gray for the binding as a nod to his nick-namesake:
The lining fabric is another "vintage" find from my grandma's stash:
|By "vintage" I mean it's been in the cabinet for awhile. Decades, possibly.|
Overall - despite all of my complaining - I'm SUPER happy with these robes. They've been used and loved every time we've gone swimming since I finished them:
And I can't say enough about how awesome a robe at the beach/pool is. No fighting to keep a towel around a shivering kid. No trying to wrap up one while keeping the other warm. I even left them on for the ride home instead of either changing the kids at the pool or putting a towel down to keep the car seat dry (both of which are a giant PITA):
Hopefully they are big enough that the kids can wear them all next summer, too!
But the main Beach Robe event comes next week. We are taking the kids on a full-on vacation to Myrtle Beach. YES.