Fall still hasn’t quite fallen here in Central Texas, but it’s coming, I just know it! And when it gets a little chilly, I love my handmade robe – I have one, the hubs has one, but the kids don’t. So I set out to remedy that. And since I want to say thank you for your support last week – how about a free robe pattern? I thought about sitting on this one until Christmas, but I’m going to need it for Halloween costumes (more on that next week) so I decided to go ahead and release it.
The great thing about this pattern is that it
- Is super EASY
- Comes in 4 sizes - 18m/2T, 3T/4T, 5/6 and 7/8 If you need to make the pattern bigger or smaller, check out this post
- Can be made in pretty much any fabric - knits, woven, fleece, whatever floats your boat!
- To download the pattern, subscribe to the Melly Sews Weekly Newsletter. AFTER you sign up, you’ll get a confirmation email – and you have to confirm or my email service can’t send you the free pattern. But once you do confirm, you’ll get access to not just this but several other free patterns. Woot!
(PS - if you have trouble finding either your confirmation email or the email with the pattern link, try checking your spam, trash, junk, bulk, social and/or promotional email tabs or folders. Free pattern links are also included in every weekly newsletter; these go out on Friday afternoons. Due to the number of subscribers I can't email pattern links to individuals.)
One caveat - this free pattern is licensed for personal use only, and by downloading you are agreeing to that license. If you'd like to sell items from this pattern, please contact me to purchase it - your purchase comes with a limited production license. Email mellysews(at)gmail.com
Ready to start sewing? First, print the pattern - use Adobe Reader, print at 100% and check the test square on the first page. You'll cut at the outside edges of the gray boxes and look for the circles to match up pieces and tape the pattern together.
Follow the cutting instructions on the pattern; note that you need to cut rectangles for the belt and the band; measurements for each size are listed on the pattern.
1/2" (12mm) seam allowance is included on the pattern
Sew the robe fronts to the robe back at the shoulders, right sides together. Finish these seams. New to seam finishing? Check out this post.
Make the belt loops - fold the loop right sides together, matching the long edges. Stitch. (Note: I used my serger because it was fast and it's the machine I was sitting at. You absolutely don't need a serger to sew this). Turn the loops right side out. I like to use my Dritz Quick Turn (affiliate link) tool to do this - seriously now that I have one I curse the years I spent using a safety pin. But safety pins totally work. They just take longer.
Place your belt pieces right sides together, matching the short edges. Stitch across one short edge so your belt is now one long piece. Next, take your belt and fold in half, right sides together, matching long edges. Sew down long side and one short end (top picture).
While you're at it, sew two short ends of the band together, right sides together (bottom picture).
Turn the belt right side out. Fold the raw short ends 1/2" (12mm) to the inside of the belt. Press the entire belt. Topstitch across the end to close it. You can continue topstitching around the rest of the belt if desired.
Pin the band to the robe, right sides together, starting by centering the band seam at the center back neck, then pinning down the front edges. Stitch. Again, you do not have to use a serger to do this.
Press the raw long edge of the band 1/2" to the wrong side, and press the seam towards the band.
Fold the band so that the folded and pressed raw edge covers the seam. Pin in place, then stitch on the right side in the ditch made by the seam.
Pin sleeves to robe, right sides together, easing around the curve and sew.
Pin the belt loops to the robe front. You can measure where to place these on your child, or just place about 1/3 of the way down from the armpit to the hem.
Fold the robe, matching the underarm seams and pinning the robe front to the robe back at the sides. Stitch all in one seam from the robe hem to the sleeve cuff.
If your band was too long, trim off any excess, then fold the hem up 1/2" (12mm) twice and stitch. Do the same to hem the sleeves.
And put that robe over your favorite pajamas. In Bean's case those would be his Lazy Day Pajamas.