A few months ago, when I made the Kid’s Robe, the response was unanimous: “One in my size too, please!” We couldn’t have agreed more! So, thanks to your great advice, we introduce… the Purl Soho Women’s Robe!
I knew immediately that I was going to like this project, but once I started, I fell in actual love. I didn’t know my life was missing this robe, but then, I couldn’t believe I had gone so long without one. I began to keep a mental tally of all the people who would be getting a handmade robe from me (first on the list: happy Mother’s Day, mom!).
I designed the Purl Soho Women’s Robe to be roomy but not bulky, classic but not prim, comfy but not sloppy. Although you can make yours in any light or mid-weight cotton, linen or flannel, I love the breezy look and feel of Liberty of London’s gorgeous Tana Lawn. I used the Seasonal print Junos Garden Pastel.
The Purl Soho Women’s Robe Pattern walks you through every step of the process with detailed photographs and tons of helpful tips. It includes sizes from Extra Small to Extra Large, in both above-the-knee and below-the-knee lengths. Pick up a copy right here!
Thank you, dear readers, for inspiring me to make this wholly satisfying robe. And keep those suggestions coming! -Corinne
- Lightweight Cotton, Medium Weight Cotton, Flannel or Linen Fabric. We used Liberty of London’s Seasonal print Junos Garden Pastel. See chart (below) for quantities.
- One 274-yard spool of Gutermann’s Cotton Sewing Thread, color 1040
- Purl Soho’s Women’s Robe Pattern
Update: New Fabric
September 18, 2014
And what about when the chilly winds start to blow? Check out our cold-weather version, the Purl Soho Women’s Robe in Cozy Flannel! Click right here to read all about it.
Update: New Fabric + Bias Details
June 13, 2016
We’ve made our classic Women’s Robe in Purl Soho’s lovely Linen Grid and added a few twists and turns along the way! To see this handsome new garment with new bias details, check out our Women’s Robe in Linen Grid story!
XSmall (Small, Medium, Large, XLarge)
The Women’s Robe Pattern is available for purchase as either a hard copy or download.
Update: Adding Room to the Sleeve and Shoulder Seam
June 30, 2016
Some of our readers (but not all!) have found that the Sleeve and Shoulder seams of this Robe can feel a little tight, particularly when working with heavier weight fabrics. If you’re worried that the Sleeves might be too tight for you, please follow these suggestions!
If you haven’t yet cut out your fabric pieces…
We suggest adding 1 ½ to 2 inches to the Shoulder Edge of the Sleeves (this is the shorter side of the Sleeve rectangle). You will also need to increase the size of the Sleeve Binding by the same amount. Follow the cutting chart to cut out the remaining pieces in your size and follow the pattern as printed.
If you’ve finished your Robe and find that the Sleeves are too tight…
You can extend the width in the underarm by adding a Gusset. Here’s how…
Cut two diamond shapes from your fabric, 6 inches tall and 3 inches wide. These are the Gusset pieces.
Using a fabric marker, on the wrong side of each Gusset draw lines ¼ inch from and parallel to each edge. Make sure that the points where these lines intersect are clear. These are the Corners.
Rip out one underarm seam of the Robe, 2 ½ inches along the Sleeve and 2 ½ inches along the side seam.
With right sides facing each other, sew the Gusset into the underarm of the Robe. Here’s how …
Orient the Gusset so that the long axis runs from the Sleeve seam to the side seam. Pin one edge of the Gusset to one raw edge of the Sleeve. The top Corner of the Gusset should meet the Sleeve seam, and one side Corner of the Gusset should meet the right angle of the underarm.
Set your machine with a short stitch length and sew along the pinned line with a ¼-inch seam allowance, using the marked line as your guide. Start and stop the seam at the marked Corners.
Now, pin the Gusset to one raw edge of the Robe’s side. The bottom Corner of the Gusset should meet the side seam of the Robe.
Sew along the pinned line as described above.
Repeat with the remaining two sides of the Gusset.
Sew along all raw edges of the seam allowances with a zigzag stitch.
The Gusset is complete, and you have a roomier Robe!