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Discussion in 'General Attire & Accoutrements' started by Shangas, Aug 24, 2019.
This is only my second attempt at making one...
Very nice. Good length (I find far too many modern ones stop too short, north of the knee, alomst like a too-long smoking jacket). You've got a good proportion on the lapel-width too.
If you're really getting into this, Evadress.com have a pattern for a men's 30s robe that might be interesting to you if you want to experiment with a peak lapel style (think: Claude Rains in The Invisible Man) - you certainly seem to have the hang of the general form and wouldn't need a pattern otherwise. Look forward to seeing how this project develops.
Looks good Shangas. And I love that hand crank Singer. I've been meaning to make myself a robe, but I'm suffering from terminal laziness lately when it comes to sewing.
What fabric did you use to make it?
Keep up the good work,
Thanks! Yes, I notice that a lot of vintage gowns/robes are quite LONG - shin or even ankle-length, whereas most modern ones (unless they're bespoke, or insanely expensive) are really short. I always thought that the first point of a dressing gown was to keep you WARM, so I deliberately cut this one quite LONG to be able to wrap it around myself.
If I ever find some better fabric, I might try making another one. This is only the second one I've ever made. In the end, I modified the lapels and turned them into a sort of shawl lapel. I think the sleeves were a bit WIDE though. If they were maybe 2-3 inches narrower it might've been better, but I was worried about the fact that it's supposed to be an over-garment, and I wanted to be able to get my clothed arms comfortably through, without ripping the seams. I'll post more photos soon.
Oh, I also added in a breast-pocket next to the left lapel, just so I had somewhere to carry my phone with me around the house.
My little hand-cranked sewing machine has been my pet for about...oh...10 years now? It's my favourite little machine. The fabric I used was, believe it or not, a set of old curtains from IKEA. I found them at a charity-shop for $10.00. They were pure cotton, and they looked like a nice, solid hardwearing fabric to make something out of.
If I ever try making another robe, I think I will try and find some red fabric, and perhaps find something that's a bit softer.