Readers, do you enjoy biblical epics? I avoid them like the plague -- a plague being one of the more repellent features of too many biblical epics, come to think of it -- as well as any movie starring Victor Mature, who made quite a few, including the The Robe, pictured above (and below).
I did watch The Prodigal recently, but that had Lana Turner.
Actually, today I wanted to talk about the other kind of robe -- the bathrobe. I own a few mens robe patterns, including this I Love Lucy classic. Babalu!
But the truth is that I don't wear bathrobes, nor dressing gowns, housecoats, smoking jackets, etc. Do the men you know wear these garments anymore?
I have some neat womens ones too.
A long time ago, my mother requested I make her a bathrobe. She gave me an old robe of hers to copy but I never did.
This morning at the flea market, however, I found this old Butterick robe pattern for $1, and figured, why not? Maybe I can make a robe for my mother after all. Fast & Easy is just what I'm in the mood for these days.
It's similar to this pattern I used to make Cathy's maternity opera coat -- a good example of how much nicer patterns were illustrated way back when.
This isn't what I would call an exciting project, but I figure I can whip up a muslin today, and since my mother is coming over for lunch tomorrow, I can see how it fits, make any necessary changes, and then stitch up a final robe later.
I also got scads of old metallic buttons today -- a buck a bag -- and an old ice cream scoop.
Readers, do you wear robes? Have you ever sewn one? What did you make yours out of -- terrycloth? Quilted cotton? Silk? Did you add lace and/or decorative embroidery? It seems like this is the kind of project where that would be appropriate.
Robe guidance greatly appreciated.
Have a great day, everybody! (What's your favorite biblical epic?)
I'm a native New Yorker and sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using vintage sewing machines and vintage patterns. I also sew for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!