As simple as it is luxurious. This satin robe will take < 3 hours to make from pattern drafting to pressed finish. The robe is suitable for any light weight woven fabric from sheer chiffons and silks to this shiny satin. For a more boho-chic look, feel free to use airy cotton or even non-stretch lace.
Materials: ~1.5 yards of fabric, matching polyester thread, regular sewing machine, sewing supplies and a good steam iron.
Step 1: Pattern draft & cutting:
Only 2 pattern pieces necessary for the entire body of the piece. Using an existing robe or an oversized sweater (preferably size 12 to make a US size 2 – 6 robe as shown in the photo), trace half of the back piece and half of the front piece. The front and back of the sleeves should be included in the pattern. If using a sweater pattern, you may want to make the sleeves 1.5” shorter so that the wrists are uncovered (as pictured).
Place the back piece with the center back lined up to the fold line of the fabric – cut 1. Then, cut 2 of the front pieces.
Step 2: Sewing in the main robe
Choose between a regular straight stitch seam or a french seam. French seams are recommended if the fabric is sheer or frays easily. Satin frays quite easily so the french seams ensure there’s no fraying discomfort on the inside of the robe.
French seam option: along the outside edges of the front and back pieces with the WRONG sides facing together and good sides facing up. Then sew together using a straight stitch and 1/4” seam allowance. Afterwards, trim the seams (especially frays or hanging threads), leaving a bit of allowance.
Then flip the garment so the good sides are facing together and the wrong sides are facing out and press the seams with steam (press seams open and then folded along the sleeves). Then sew another straight stitch with a 3/8” seam allowance. In total the seams are 5/8” (if you don’t do a french seam, you could choose to directly sew the piece together with a 5/8” allowance).
Step 3: Hemming the robe
All of the raw edges of the robe should be hemmed. You can use a serge and top stitch hem, or for satin / other sheer materials, use a double fold (turn and turn hem). To do this easily, make a straight stitch along the raw edges (using a 1/2” seam allowance for a 1” total hem). then, using the stitched line as a guideline, fold up and turn twice so all of the raw edge is concealed on both sides of the garment and then stitch (with the wrong side of the robe facing up), keeping the stitch line close to the top of the hemmed edge to catch all of the folds. Do the same for the sleeves.
Do the same for the entire front edge of the robe, using a slightly smaller 1/4” guide (for a total 1/2” hem. you can fold up the hem as you sew the final top stitch in place. Give all hems a good steam press.
Step 4: Making the Belt and straps
To draft the straps, using the entire width of your fabric, cut a 4” rectangle. Final belt will likely be just under 60”x2”. It might be a bit shorter depending on the width of your fabric.
Fold it in 1/2 with good sides facing in together and stitch along the raw edge with a 1/4” seam allowance. Then, using your thumbs, push one end of the fabrics in and up the belt to slowly turn it inside out with the good side on the outside. Give it a good press with steam along the enclosed edge.
To make the pointy edge of the belt, fold the materials in to form the point and top stitch along the diagonal. Then trim off any excess (close to the stitch).
Finally, for the belt straps, you can either use some threads or a serged threads to hand sew along the side seam and make a 2” loop or make small 1/2”x2” straps using your material and sew them along the side seam.
Enjoy this fabulous robe and have fun making it 🙂