Relaxed Linen Bathrobe Tutorial

Relaxed Linen Bathrobe Tutorial

Wrap yourself in softness with our beautiful waffle weave linen bathrobe. Lightweight and soft against your skin, this cozy bathrobe features a kimono collar, two generously sized patch pockets and a belt.

Very absorbent and comfortable, this kimono style linen robe is ideal for bath, lounging at home, pool, vacation, gym… Well, everything! And the best thing is that it is unisex and would fit both men and women. So, pamper yourself with one, or give it as a gift.

Such a great At-Home Essential that is surprisingly easy to sew and a pure pleasure to own!

Materials

3 yards of honeycomb weave IL015 WHITE Medium Weight Linen

Matching sewing thread

Tools

Pattern paper, scissors, ruler, pins, marker or chalk, pen, measuring tape, seam ripper, sewing machine

Difficulty

Beginner

Time

3-4 hours

Pattern

You can access the pattern by following this link HERE. Remember to add seam allowances as indicated in the pattern.

Please note that this bathrobe is intentionally oversized so it fits a wide range of sizes. If you need a larger size, we’d recommend adding a couple of inches to the sides of the front and back panels and some extra length to the hem and sleeves. If you need help grading your pattern, please follow this tutorial.

Cutting Instructions

Cut the back piece and the sleeves on fold, two front pieces that are mirror images to each other, two patch pockets, two 4.5″ wide and 50″ long strips of fabric for the collar, two belt loops 1.5″ wide and 3.25″ tall and one 4″ x 60″ rectangle for the belt. Follow the instructions in the diagram for the seam allowances that need to be added.

Steps

Note: Prewash your fabric and tumble dry it until it is still slightly moist, dry in room temperature. Iron the fabric so it is easier to work with.

1. First of all, you need to attach the patch pockets to the two center fronts of your bathrobe. Follow this detailed tutorial HERE on how to sew patch pockets and place them on each front side at the desired location (place the front bodice pieces against your body and mark the spot where you want your pockets to sit).

The top fold should be 1″ tall, so fold your 1,5″ seam allowance twice (3/8″ and then 1″) to the wrong side and topstitch.

2. Now that you’ve attached the pockets, you can pin the front and the back pieces right sides together at the shoulder seams.

3. Sew at a 3/8″ (1 cm) seam allowance, them trim the raw edges down to 1/4″ (6 mm) and finish the raw edges with a serger or a zigzag stitch (both raw edges together) to prevent the fabric from fraying in the future. Press the seam allowance to one side (ideally, the back of your bathrobe).

4. Fold your sleeves in half lengthwise and pinch in the middle of the upper seam to mark the center.

5. Match the center of your sleeve to the shoulder seam and pin the sleeve to the bodice right sides together.

6. Sew at a 3/8″ (1 cm) seam allowance, them trim the raw edges down to 1/4″ (6 mm) and finish the raw edges with a serger or a zigzag stitch (both raw edges together. Press the seam allowance towards the sleeve.

7. Pin the underarm and the side seams right sides together.

8. Sew the pinned edges at a 3/8″ (1 cm) seam allowance all in one seam, them trim, serge/zigzag and press to one side.

9. Finish the sleeve openings with a rolled hem: press your fabric twice to the wrong side: first 3/8″, and then another 1,5″. Pin.

10. Sew as close to the inner folded edge as possible and remember to backstitch. Press when you’re done.

11. Finish the bottom hem with a rolled hem again. 3/8″ to 1″.

Your main bodice is now complete and it’s time to sew and attach the collar.

12. Pin and sew the two collar band’s short edges together. Press the seam allowances open.

13. Press the long raw edges 3/8” to the wrong and then press the band in half.

14. Match the collar’s center seam to the center back of your bathrobe and start pinning one folded seam allowance to the left and to the right of the bathrobe aligning the raw edges.

15. Using your fabric marker, mark the spots where the collar band ends meet the rolled hem of your jacket. Unpin the ends a little and sew the short edges right sides together. Cut the excess fabric, finger press the seam allowance open and pin back to the bodice.

16. Stitch around the entire front opening in the inner crease of the collar band. Trim the seam allowance down to 1/4″.

17. Press the collar band away from the bathrobe.

18. Turn the collar band to the other side of the bathrobe. Pin it in place making sure that that you cover the line of stitching as you go.

19. Working from the right side, topstitch the other collar edge in place in the ditch of the existing seam line. Make sure that the back is caught when you sew.

Press the collar one more time and you are done! Time to sew the belt and attach the belt loops.

20. Press your belt fabric in half lengthwise (wrong side facing you) and sew the long raw edges together at a 3/8″ (1 cm) seam allowance.

21. Turn the belt right side out through the hole and press again.

22. Tuck in the short ends raw edges and topstitch around all the edges (1/4″ (6 mm) from the edge) to close the openings and make sure that the belt doesn’t shift in the future.

23. Lastly, sew and attach the button loops to the side seams at the waist (try on your bathrobe and decide where you want your belt loops to sit) following this detailed tutorial.

Et voila! Pamper yourself every time you step out of the shower by wrapping yourself with your newly made bathrobe! And the best thing- it will get only softer and cozier after each wash!

Check out our selection of linen fabrics and see which color inspires you for this beautiful project!

4 comments

  1. Cass Hausserman

    Hi! Thank you so much for this pattern. Everything is explained well and the robe turned out great! I am making his and hers for a wedding gift. The pattern had one issue that I couldn’t figure out and I was a half inch off when matching the front and back shoulders together but I made it work. The robe pattern fits a medium size guy best. I am an xs woman, as is the woman I am making this for, so I am sizing down for the second one (hopefully it works). The other thing I wanted to point out is that the time estimate is way off! I’m not a professional but also not a beginner. It took 2 hours to make the pattern and another 2 to cut the pieces, 1.5 to sew the pockets and attach, and probably another 5-6 to finish everything else. Even on the second one I am making it will take about 10 hours. For perspective I can make a child t shirt in about 1.5 hours.
    Thanks!


    1. Author
      Rima Khusainova

      Dear Cass, thank you very much for your feedback! I’m really happy to hear that you liked your finished bathrobe! As for the time estimate – it really is just an estimate and only for the sewing part, it doesn’t include the drafting&cutting time.

  2. Theresa Kirkpatrick

    I’m unable to download the pdf, something to do with the formatting of it. Can you email it or something. Thanks


    1. Author
      Rima Khusainova

      Dear Theresa, sorry to hear that you are having difficulties downloading the pdf. When you click on the link, it’ll take you to the Dropbox page with the diagram. What you need to do is click on “More” (three little dots at the upper right corner) and then choose “Download”. It’ll automatically save the file to your downloads. Hope this helps!

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