For the most part, projects for Stitch are created by the talented community of designers who contribute to the magazine. But every once in a while the editors at Stitch have to step up the plate and develop designs for the magazine. Take the Stitch Spring 2013 issue. Although we received some gorgeous projects for the Spa Treatment section, we didn't get that most essential of spa gear: the fuzzy robe.
The final Comfy Fuzzy Robe.
Rose's robe lives out its days
as office mascot.
That's when Assistant Editor Rose DeBoer stepped up to the plate (with just a tiny bit of nudging) and volunteered to be the designer.
The first step was to create a sketch, because editors' projects have to go through the same selection process as everyone else. Rose developed a rough sketch based on a kimono style. I completed the final sketch, and we selected fabric swatches to attach to the sketch for presentation.
Once the robe had passed muster for selection and fabric was in hand, it was on to construction, and that meant a full weekend of pattern drafting and muslin-making–the hood was a particular challenge. Then it took most of another weekend of sewing.
Finally, she had finished the Comfy Fuzzy Robe and we loved it! From there, the pattern was sent to our pattern grader for final tweaking, and the robe went on to be a star at the photo shoot.
You may wonder what happens to projects after their day in the limelight. Well, in this particular case the Comfy Fuzzy Robe has gone on to become an ad hoc office member, supervising us from its corner dress form. I keep campaigning to take the robe home, but I have a feeling it's intended for one of Rose's lucky daughters.
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Have you ever just sat down and designed and made something that you really want to have in your home or closet? I would love to hear about your own adventures in creativity.