I've put off sewing a fleece robe for 2 years, almost as long as I have been sewing. Why? First, I was not looking forward to tracing out the pattern. B (or second), I was not looking forward to cutting out long pieces of fabric that wouldn't fit on my sewing table, so I'd have to get on the floor and cut out fabric. Third, I hate sewing with fleece. IV (or D or Fourth), if you are a Doctor Who fan, I hope you got my joke...
I'm starting a full time position this semester and I'm going to have to get serious about my work appropriate wardrobe. First step is to make a bunch of great button-down shirts. Luckily I'm able to wear jeans to work, so a classy shirt with jeans is going to be a great go-to outfit.
This summer I found the perfect summer PJ set for Ryan. Now I realize the fabric does this weird visual illusion, but go with me on this. I mashed together two patterns to generate the best possible comfortable PJ set for warm summer days. For the top, I used Thread Theory's Arrowsmith undershirt pattern, which is a free PDF pattern by the way. For the bottoms, I used True Bias' Hudson pant pattern. Match made in heaven!
I'm gonna be honest. I don't think I could have ever managed this pattern if I didn't have a couple of years experience sewing and making adjustments to patterns. I made this sweater four, yes FOUR times because it took that long to figure out how to get a decent fit. Here's the saga.
I was reluctant to make strawberry rhubarb jam. However, after my attempt at making just rhubarb jam, I knew I needed to explore adding something else to rhubarb. Rhubarb jam alone doesn't pack much flavor. It doesn't make for a good jam in the morning on toast. It is sharp and citrusy, but that's about it. By adding the bare minimum of strawberries, I was able to round out the flavor of rhubarb without losing the wonderful essence of rhubarb that I love. This recipe is so delicious. If you have a hard time finding 10 pounds of rhubarb, look at my notes below.