Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Winter Wool Bathrobe

I know, I know.  You're thinking, "a bathrobe made from wool?"  But, honestly, did you expect anything else from me?  It's winter.  I love wool (on or off the sheep).  Enough said.

I didn't want to sew the traditional wrapped front, shawl collar robe so I used Butterick 5744 from the 1970s that I found at the thrift store.  I like that it's slightly fitted through the high waist but still comfy enough to "let it all hang out" at the end of the day.  And the 3/4 sleeves have proved to be a Godsend!  No more bulky sleeves dragging around while I'm trying to mix up the pancake batter for breakfast!  Okay, confession.  Typically Hank does the pancakes while I sip coffee.

I used a medium teal wool and lined the bodice with a gold metallic, polyester jacquard.  While I love the teal color, the robe needed a little glitzing up.  Didn't want it to look like I was headed to choir practice.

I also added a gold metallic band around the high waist to break up the teal.  And instead of gathering the sleeves on elastic (per the pattern), I added gold cuffs. 

I'm happy to say that it's very warm (not that I ever doubted) and very functional.  The pattern worked up beautifully; I didn't need to make any alterations.  Although I do think a hidden hook or snap would be nice to secure the waistband a bit more and alleviate gaping.  Aw phooey!  Seems I just added another thing to my mending pile!  Well, I'll just have another cup of coffee before I think about getting dressed. 


  1. oh how nice and warm!
    living in a house with no central heating, I know how necessary is a warm bathrobe.
    mine is knit from thick wool - in nepal. also floor-length and high waist but green :-)
    I share your love for real wool, it works best in this climate.

  2. That is lovely! It's too hit here (over 70 again today) to even think about a wool robe. But I will admire yours from afar and try to imagine what winter is like! I guess I shouldn't complain as we have the 4H broiler project going and freezing weather would not do for that!

  3. I love the gold - a nice touch. My favorite wool item is my mittens- warm wool on the outside, soft fleece on the inside. You have converted me to wool, I cannot get enough!

  4. Looks great! Blessings from Ringle.

  5. I wish I could wear wool, but unfortunately It doesn't like me. The robe looks lovely. I know I have said it before, but you have a true talent for sewing.


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