Patternless Robe



Summertime Terry Cloth Robe (No Pattern)



Concept and narrative by Barbara in St. Louis with editing and collaboration by Mary. Write to her here if you have any questions.


I am wearing the new terry cloth robe inside out. I did a first run of a new concept for me thinking I could make changes for the gift robes. I chose not to use ribbing at all because it is summer and I wanted a bit of a hole to let in fresh air. I bought 2 full bolts of white terry cloth to make robes for gifts. You can use any fabric you want, but I highly recommend a woven cotton.

The first run robe is a good one and I should be able to make several one size fits all terry cloth robes pretty quickly. I think the robes will be a hit for my relatives to put on after swimming or showering.

What I discovered is, because I always finish my seams beautifully, my robe looks very nice inside out. I can also wear it backwards if it is inside out. That gives me 3 surfaces to spill my breakfast or late night snack before I have to wash the robe.

The bad news is that it took me about 4 days to design, free-motion embroider the pockets and remove an embroidery that accidentally got the front and back sewn together. I did the embroideries after I finished constructing the robe; you may adapt as you see fit.

1. Robe Body

This robe is just a hunk of terry cloth long enough to cover me from shoulder to ankle, front and back. For length, measure from the top of your shoulder to the location of the desired length, and multiply by 2. For width, take your largest circumference in inches, add 12, and divide by 2 to find your minimum width. With arms outstretched, measure from one wrist to the other to find your maximum width, or the width of the fabric, whichever is less. Cut your fabric piece based on these measurements.

If you have a serger, now is the time to finish all cut edges of the fabric piece. Turn hems under to wrong side of fabric about -inch at bottom of front piece and back piece. If you serged these edges, you may topstitch with straight stitches. If not serged, with the turned-under layer down (towards the feed dogs), topstitch with a zigzag or 3-step zigzag stitch.

Neckline Treatment

2. Pin neckline markers

Pin neckline width. Fold robe piece in half across the future shoulder location. The hems should be together. Put a pin into the fabric at center of fold. Put a pin into the fold of the fabric at 4 inches to one side of the center pin, and another pin 4 inches to the other side.




Pin neckline depth. Pin into one layer of fabric, pa