Dear readers, you are such kind people. I particulary appreciate the encouragement to buy more fabric with the newly revealed space in my stash. I so appreciated this wonderful idea, that the horrible thin Spotlight polar fleece lurking next to the scrappy bits of good stuff came under direct fire. It is an unfortunate circumstance that the less you use up your not-very-nice-fabric, the more it breeds behind closed doors and makes you think there is no nice fabric in there.
This fabric, I remind you, was purchased with some urgency 3 years ago during the winter school holidays, as my daughter fancied making herself a dressing gown. She picked it by the colour, which is rather pleasant aubergine. I assure you that there was no better quality stuff in the shop.
My daughter did not quite get around to sewing the dressing gown, and really, it would be terribly pot - like for her mother to rebuke her for having sewing plans greater than the time available.
I gently mentioned the polar fleece during the following winter, and the next winter, and was strictly forbidden on each occasion to use this fabric myself.
This winter I was more cunning and sewed it up without any warnings.
It did not take very long. The alterations are an added back pleat, so there is a bit more backside room (IMO unisex patterns are usually bottomless and waistless, which does not suit the female figures in this house), a bit of waist shaping and some extra sleeve length. I added a patch pocket, ,backed with quilting cotton, and did not use the in-seam pockets.
The completion of this garment should mean that my husband will be allowed to wear his polar fleece jacket occasionally.
Can you see how all the applique praise has gone to my head?
You should see the big empty space in the fabric cupboard. I have plans for that.
ETA:Oops, I forgot to say that I sewed this for my older daughter, the original fabric acquisitor, as she is very boringly busy this 4th winter school holidays since her purchase, doing Yr 12 assignments and cannot possibly do any sewing;). She is kindly modelling this for me in a study break. Or was she reading in bed? I had better not ask.