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 self-taught sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using mostly vintage patterns and vintage sewing machines. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!