|Please pretend my face isn't swollen to twice its normal size- I'm popping this baby out in about a week!|
I made this to take to the hospital with me, as the maternity robes out there are less than stylish, and I wanted something unique! While I did make this generous enough to fit a pregnant belly, it is not just for pregnant chicks- any woman (and some men, haha) would love to relax in a roomy, silky robe, right?!?!?! The best part? I got this beautiful fabric on sale at Hancock for only $2/yard! So my whole robe cost about $5.
So, here is the tutorial...enjoy! If you make one, please link up a photo below because I would love to see it!
ToBeContinued Ladies' Kimono Robe
2 1/2 yards silky brocade fabric (44" wide) (If you want a contrasting trim like mine, choose a fabric that has a pattern on the edges and is completely reversible. Most brocades are.)
|close-up of my fabric|
Sewing machine, scissors, quilting ruler, and other sewing tools as needed.
Step One- Cut a length of fabric that is 74".
|With slippery fabric like this, pin pin pin! I also used fabric weights to hold it in place while cutting. Rotary cutters work best for this type of long cut.|
|Hopefully yours has this handy crease down the middle from being on the bolt. If not, you may want to iron one in to help with the next few steps!|
|I used my hand-held Gingher shears for this since I needed to cut the top layer only.|
|Don't stress if it isn't perfect- you will be covering this with a very wide binding. (Can you see how wonky mine is, haha!)|
|If you want an even wider sleeve, feel free to go 11" or 12" down. I found that 10" was just right for me though.|
Step 6- Carefully cut out the L-shaped marking. It is looking like a Kimono already!!! (SAVE YOUR SCRAPS- we will be using them!)
|Getting there- I love when it actually starts to look like something!|
Step 8- Sew a very scant 1/4" seam. Curve carefully at the armpit.
|Note how the fabric is inside the edge of the presser foot.|
Step 10- Sew a generous 1/4" seam to be sure you have encased the raw edges.
|Your gorgeous French Seam is taking shape! No scratchy stuff against your skin, and no loose threads!|
|Et voila! Tres jolie!|
Step 12- Make the trim. This part is cool, because you simply use the parts you cut out to make the arms and body. You should have 4 identical pieces sitting there. Simply sew them end to end! I used the gold side of my fabric as the "right" side for the trim so it would have a pretty contrast to the robe. It also utilizes that pretty pattern on the edges of the fabric! You will need to iron it like bias tape- in half, then fold in each side about 3/4" (NOT all the way to the center crease as you would bias tape- we want to see that pretty pattern!) This will be a little bit longer than what you need, but we will cut off the extra at the end. For now, mitre in the corners and fold over one end. Baste in place.
|I used my quilting ruler again to be sure the trim was going on evenly as I pinned.|
|Stick as close to the edge as possible! You can always go back on the "wrong" side and be sure you caught the edges there too.|
|Neat and tidy!|
|The ends of the belt will be turned to the inside and sewn down.|
|Be sure to measure and adjust as needed so your loops are even on both sides!|
|Last step!!! Yay!|
|Oh, yeah...so HOT! (No really, these hormones are making me sweat, haha!)|
Remember that this is for personal use only (yourself, gifts, etc.) Please contact me if you are interested in making these to sell and I can give you the pricing for commercial license based on quantity.
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