I have been looking for a robe for awhile, but I couldn’t find anything that I liked. All of the robes I found were either $$$$$, not made in the US, or made from synthetics. I was really frustrated. I happened to be cruising around the internet, and came across Named Clothing. They had the most beautiful kimono-style robe pattern with deep arm slits. For me, the most frustrating part of wearing a robe is dealing with the fussy sleeves, so this seemed perfect!
I thought about making the robe out of charmeuse (inspired by this incredible robe by Poppykettle), but I just didn’t want to deal with the fuss of sewing slippery fabrics since I am still working on the hem for my wedding dress. I settled on this organic cotton voile from Cloud 9, and I must say, I was really nervous at first when the fabric arrived in the mail. Before I attached the sleeves, I tried it on and thought it looked like a hospital gown.
BUT, now that its finished I LOVE IT. The sleeves are wonderful. I french seamed the entire thing (even the sleeves!), and hemmed with thrifted lavender single fold bias tape. The neckband was a bit wonky to finish, but I added some lace tape to finish it off.
I think it will get softer with more washings, but I am really happy with it already!