One of my friends asked me to "whip up" some robes for our church Christmas party. Which is this Saturday. I got the fabric on Friday. Yes, apparently I AM Superwoman! Not really, but with only a week to make "as many as you can", I had to find a quick and dirty way to make a bunch of robes that would still look nice. Hayley didn't have any parameters for me, so I got to use my creative license.I went through a few prototypes before I found a design that was both easy and looked good, with easy being the highest priority.
Here is my favorite.
Since this is the season for last minute Christmas pageants, I thought I'd share what I've learned.
For your own easy peasy Nativity robe, you will need:
A length of fabric equal to twice the length of the robe you want to make. If it is 60 wide, you will end up with long sleeves, 45 wide fabric will get you elbow length sleeves. Choose something with a selvage that you like and that doesn't have a "wrong" side, since both sides will be visible in the final product.
Some way to finish the edges. I used bias tape, but you could trim them with ribbon, ric rac, whatever. Fringe might be cool. You could even just hem them.
Step one - Cut out your robe.
Fold your length of fabric in half on the crossgrain (so, the opposite of the way that it was folded on the bolt). You should have the raw edges together and opposite the fold. Even up your raw edges if you need to. Here is how you will cut it.
Now you are ready to sew. The first thing I did was to finish the edges of the T, that is the collar and front of my robe. I just bound the edges with bias tape. If you have a binding foot for your sewing machine this is super fast. If not, you could finish them any way you like. If you choose to hem them, just remember that the wrong side shows on the collar, so make your hem a pretty, double fold hem. You could also just let it fringe. That'd be super easy!!
After you have finished your edges, sew the sides and sleeves in one seam, pivoting at the underarm, then clip the seam allowance at the corner.
The red lines are where you need to sew.If you want, you can hem it. If not, you're done!
I also made a couple of kid-sized tunics by the same method.