Alyssa, my friend Runa’s daughter, celebrated her first birthday in October. I never let a good opportunity pass to sew a gift for someone. I made her a warm bathrobe and I used a free pattern that I found here.
The original patterns is written in Russian but you can find the sizes you need in the table with a link to print the pattern. The pattern does not include seam allowance. With some help from google translate and some imagination I made this bathrobe. I used knit fabric with print for the outside and toweling fabric for the inside. You can also use cotton instead of knit fabric.
For those of you who also want to give the pattern a try, these are the steps that I followed:
Print the pattern and cut out the pattern pieces as follows
* front panel: 2x knit fabric, 2x toweling fabric
* back panel on fold: 1x knit fabric, 1x toweling fabric
* sleeves: 2x knit fabric, 2x toweling fabric
* hood: 2x knit fabric, 2x toweling fabric
* belt on fold: 1x knit fabric, 1x toweling fabric
step 1) Sew shoulders of front and back panels together.
step 2) Sew sleeves and shoulders together.
step 3) Sew both parts of the hood together, right sides matching.
step 4) Sew the hood to the neck opening
stap 5) Sew 2 loops for the belt
step 6) Sew arm and side seems closed. Don’t forget to put the loops in between the side seams.
According to the pattern you now have to finish the edges with biais tape but I don’t really like biais tape and I wanted to make a warm bathrobe with no visible seams so I continued as follows:
step 7) Repeat the previous steps for the toweling fabric. You don’t have to make loops this time.
step 8) Sew the edges of the hood, front panel and bottom together right sides matching. Leave a turning hole in the bottom seam of about 6″/15cm.
step 9) Turn the bathrobe right side out and stitch the turning hole closed. I topstitched the entire bottom of the bathrobe.
step 10) Finish the sleeves. I folded the edges of the knit fabric and the toweling fabric towards the inside and stitched through all the layers with my twin needle. If you like to work with biais tape, you can use it for a neat finish.
step 11) Make the belt. Stitch both fabrics together, right sides facing and leave an opening of about 6″/15cm to turn the belt right side out. Topstitch all around the edges.
Princess Alyssa was happy with her bathrobe and didn’t mind posing for Runa’s camera.