Sometimes you just want to be a little dramatic. Whether you’d like to experience a little old school Hollywood glamour or you simply want to feel fabulous while lounging and reading a book on your next day off, The Hibiscus Robe is exactly what you’re looking for. A flowing skirt with a godet style train pairs with cascading circle sleeves to create the perfect mix of lavish comfort.
Fabrics & materials used:
- 7 yards Red and Black Ombre Silk Charmeuse
- 7 Black Marabou Feather Scarves
- The Hibiscus Robe Sewing Pattern (free download below!)
All seam allowances are 1/2″ unless otherwise stated.
While this robe does take a bit of time, most of it is spent on hemming and trimming; the bulk of the garment actually goes together fairly quickly.
Begin by sewing the two darts on the back panel of the robe bodice, like below. Note: while the pattern calls for the back to be cut on the fold, I chose to add a center back seam since I was working with the ombre silk and wanted to be sure that I cut from pieces that were fully black.
Next, using the guideline on your pattern, fold and press the facings along the front bodice lapels.
Finish off the facing with a small rolled hem.
Do the same alone the neckline of the back of your robe, like you see below.
Fold the darts in each of the front bodice panels and stay-stitch. Attach each of the front panels to the back at the shoulders and sides. Since this won’t have a lining, I strong recommend some French seams.
The sleeve goes together like you see above; the flare attaching to the main upper sleeve at the elbow. Again, I added a seam down the center of the flare to work with the ombre along the silk.
The skirt of the robe is simple: the godet at the center back, sandwiched between each of the side back panels, and two panels at the front.
The center front gets a rolled hem much like the lapel facings of the bodice, and also folded inward following the guide on the pattern. Here, you can attach the skirt to the bodice and you have the majority of your robe!
Using your iron on a low setting, hem your sleeves (seen above) and skirt.
Pin the feather scarves around the base of the skirt and sleeves, and hand-sew into place.
Lastly, add a button at the edge of the lapel that you’d like to be the bottom layer of your robe. Sew a small loop of elastic directly across from it on the wrong side of the opposite lapel.
Secure with a brooch and you’re ready to dramatically walk your castle courtyard in your billowing new dressing gown! Or, at the very least, lounge and look fabulous during your next Netflix binge.