I’m excited to say that I have a new sister (in-law)! My brother got married a few weeks ago, and in true procrastination-form, I decided to make her a white lace robe a week before the wedding. I used the remaining white lace from the rehearsal dinner dress I made for my friend Amy and for the underlining I used a white silky polyester fabric I found at JoAnn’s. Because I didn’t have a ton of lace remaining I searched for a robe pattern that uses minimal fabric and decided upon Simplicity 3696. It’s a robe pattern with two-piece raglan sleeves without excessive ease through the body.
My new sister-in-law is petite so I decided to make a size XS and I shortened the robe by 4″ to give it a bit more sex-appeal. I also shortened the sleeves by 3 inches because the pattern piece said there was a 3 inch hem. I had to make these adjustments before cutting out the lace because I used the lace edge as a hem. NOTE: There is not a 3 inch hem for the sleeves!! They ended up way too short, but luckily they were so short it looked like an intentional 7/8-3/4 sleeve. Whew!
Construction was pretty easy. I hemmed all the lining pieces individually first and then sewed the pattern as described treating the lining and lace pieces as one. I didn’t have enough time to sewing the two layers together prior to construction so I just hoped for the best. Thankfully it worked out fine!
I underlined the front band and the sash in the same way and after some debate, decided to not interface the front band. Overall, I’m very happy with how it turned out.
Here’s the beautiful bride on her wedding day! I think she liked it and the fit was pretty good!
Ooooh pretty hair!
I’m not typically a fan of raglan sleeves but this pattern is a keeper. I recommend it for anyone looking to make a robe.
Congratulations to the bride and groom on a beautiful wedding and hopefully a happy life together :)