In this post I will share an easy tutorial on how to sew the perfect satin robe. It features a shawl collar, lace trimmed sleeves, matching belt and can be made in two different lengths.
How to Sew a Satin Robe
This beautiful satin kimono robe is a simple Vogue pattern that anyone can whip up in about an hour. (With a few of my designer sewing tips, of course.)
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I love Vogue patterns for their unique style, but also for their Figure Flattery System. Here’s how it works:
Each pattern is labeled with a graphic symbol that helps you decided what style is best suited to your figure. How smart! Here’s the explanation I borrowed from the Vogue website:
Determine your body shape from the explanations below and use our KEY TO FIGURE FLATTERY diagram to select styles that are particularly flattering to your figure.
Choosing styles suited to your body shape can also eliminate the need for most pattern adjustments. Look for the figure symbol that indicates your body shape, then proceed with confidence, knowing that your pattern adjustments will be minimal and your finished garment will be pure figure flattery.
THE INVERTED TRIANGLE: Large bust and/or broad shoulders with narrow hips.
THE TRIANGLE: Small bust and/or narrow shoulders with full hips and/or thighs.
THE RECTANGLE: Balanced on top and bottom, but boxy, with little or no waist definition.
THE HOURGLASS: Equally balanced on top and bottom, with a trim waist.
After you decided which pattern is for you, take your measurements and buy the size that is closest to your body measurements.
Just because you are a size 6 retail doesn’t necessarily mean you are a size 6 pattern. Check your measurements, and don’t cheat! No one will care if you need buy a larger size. The fewer alterations you have to make to the pattern the better! Fortunately, most intimates are rather loose fitting, so there shouldn’t be a lot of alterations for this robe anyway.
This robe is part of Vogue pattern #V8888. I will be making more pieces in this collection, so be sure to look for those in the future!
Sewing intimates is really much easier than you might think. These garments usually have few pieces and facings. Trims can take the place of time consuming hems, so construction goes pretty quickly. It’s also a lot cheaper to make your own then to buy them in the store. I recently saw a night gown that was almost $100.00. Yikes!
The only thing that may slow you down is the use of satin fabrics. Although especially troublesome for the inexperienced sewer, lingerie satin can be difficult for anyone to work with. Some other fabric choices for this project include crepe, crepe back satin, medium and lightweight polyester wovens, flannel backed satin and cottons.
I used brushed back satin for this project. It’s one of my favorite fabrics for robes. Soft on the skin, but not quite so hard to handle while sewing.
- Vogue pattern #V8888
- lace or other embellishment for finishing the sleeves
If using satin:
- satin sewing needle
- satin pins
Sewing Tips for Vogue Pattern #V8888:
I used most of the manufacture’s directions for this pattern. The only changes I made were with the sleeve hem, I used 2″ lace to finish the sleeve instead of the sleeve band with lace inset. Apply the finished edge of the lace over the raw edge of the sleeve, overlap by 1/4″. Use a zig-zag topstitch to secure the lace. Easy, huh?
Be sure to use sharp pins and needles. I recommend using a brand new satin sewing needle to avoid runs in the fabric. You can also purchase satin pins which are very helpful for this type of fabric.
Use pins sparingly, as they can mark the fabric and cause runs in the satin. I only pin at the top and bottom seam edges and only in the seam allowance.
Sew all seams without pressing them open. Only press the seams once the entire garment is finished. Over pressing is never a good idea, especially with satin. Satin is easy to scorch and watermarks easily so use a dry iron. Seams should be pressed to the back of the garment, or facing down. Finish seams as you go with a zig zag stitch or serger if you have one. (If you don’t have an iron, simply hang it on a hanger and put it in the bathroom when you take a shower. The moisture in the air will help steam out the wrinkles.)
I really like the back of this robe. The belt is rather unique in that it doesn’t go all the way across the back and creates very flattering waistline tucks. More flattery is always a good idea in my book!
A personalized robe similar to this one would be perfect as a bridal robe for the day of the wedding. And what a special gift to be able to use for years to come!
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