Last year I made myself a nightgown out of two dollar-a-yard cotton flannel (given to me by my mom) using Simplicity 3573 in a size small. I probably could have made an extra-small, but I think small was the better choice, since I wanted my nightgown to be loose and warm and comfortable, and it is. But it is very chilly here in the mornings and evenings, so I went back to my pattern last month and decided to make the matching robe, also in a size small. I waited for cotton flannel to come on sale for two dollars a yard again at the fabric store, and once it did, I quickly washed it, cut it, sewed it, and started wearing it right away. It is satisfying to be warm in layers of soft flannel during this time of year when light and warmth are in short supply.
Simplicity 3573 is a good pattern for an advanced beginner or early intermediate sewer. It does require buttonholes at the front, elastic casings at the cuffs, and patch pockets, which might be challenging for a beginner with no assistance. For a sewer with more experience, it is a fast and easy pattern. The only adjustment I made was to not leave a gap in the front of the robe---I sewed the gathers on mine all the way to the edge of the front button-placket, so that when I am wearing the robe the front skirt overlaps slightly at the top. The neckline is finished with white bias binding turned to the inside and top-stitched, and I finished the seam allowances with pinking shears. The buttons were from my button-box. Luckily, the white buttons for the nightgown and the larger white buttons for the robe matched each other very well.
Mr and Mrs Rat
Mr and Mrs Rat like to sew.