Sew a Robe Without a Sewing Pattern
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Learn how to sew a robe without a sewing pattern using your measurements! This robe is easy to make and cozy to wear, and it’s perfect for gifts!
I love waking up and immediately putting on a snuggly robe. I wear a lightweight knit knee length robe in the summertime and a heavier french terry ankle length robe in the wintertime. I love choosing my own fabric and making the robe fit my own measurements!
This robe is customizable since you are using your own measurements and preferences. It also has pockets and ties both on the inside and the outside of the robe. It’s designed to be sewn from knit fabric so you might this help for sewing knit fabric.
What fabric should I use?
This robe “pattern” is designed to be used with lightweight knit fabric like cotton spandex jersey, interlock, double brushed poly, and ponte de roma.
Wouldn’t this robe be perfect for a handmade gift? It would be great to give at a baby shower, Mother’s Day, Christmas, or even a birthday. You get to choose the fabric, length, and width.
How to Sew a Robe
- 3 yards of lightweight knit fabric with at least 40% stretch – cotton spandex jersey is a good choice
- 1 yard of ribbon
- Sewing tools
- Sewing machine
Cut out these pattern pieces out of your knit fabric. The stretch of the fabric is the width of each pattern piece. When you are measuring yourself for the circumference of the robe, I recommend measuring your widest part which is usually your shoulders, bust, or hips. Then multiplying that number by 3/4 fo find your width measurement.
Since the back piece is cut on the fold the 3/4 measurement will needed to be divided by 2 to find the right width.
On the center front top of the robe, cut out a triangle for the neckline. Cut a larger triangle than mine about 3 inches across the top and 12 inches down.
Right sides together pin the shoulders of the front and back of the robe together. Sew with a zigzag or serger at 3/8 inch seam allowance.
Pin two of the short ends of the neckband together and sew at 3/8 inch seam allowance. Use a zigzag stitch or serger.
Fold the neckband in half with WRONG SIDES TOGETHER and pin in place.
Match up the center of the neckband with the center back of the robes neckline. Match up the bottom of the neckband with the bottom of the robe. Pin all along the front to match the neckband to the center front of the robe. You will have to stretch the neckband slightly to fit the front of the robe.
Sew the neckband to the robe with a 3/8 inch seam allowance using a stretch stitch or a serger.
Press the seam allowance towards the body of the robe. Topstitch the seam allowance towards the body of the robe with a straight stitch.
Find the center of the sleeve and match it up with the shoulder seam. With right sides together pin the sleeve to the shoulder of the robe. Do the same to the other sleeve.
Sew the sleeves to the robe with a 3/8 inch seam allowance with a stretch stitch or a serger.
With right sides together pin the side seams of the body and the sleeve. Sew the side seams with a 3/8 inch seam allowance and a zigzag stitch or serger.
Cut four pieces of ribbon 8 inches or longer. Pin two of them to the center front of the robe at the waist. Then pin one on the inside of the robe at the waist and the other on on the outside of the robe on the opposite waist.
Hem the raw edge of the ribbon so it doesn’t fray.
Pin the pocket pieces to on the robe near the side seams. Make sure the raw edges are folded under 1/2 inch. Sew the pocket onto the robe with a straight stitch.
NOTE: I did not hem the top of my pocket, my sleeves, and the bottom of the robe because I was going for a unfinished look. If you would like a finished look then hem the top of the pocket before sewing it onto the robe.
If you make something using this sewing project, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!
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