I was in the market for a summer dressing gown. In the end I went with Seamwork’s Almada. I actually have a subscription with Seamwork which I really recommend; as a subscriber you get two credits to exchange for patterns each month. I was not disappointed with this one.
With summer just around the corner, I’m moving away from all the snuggly lounge wear in favour of garments that are lighter in weight. Almada fits the bill! It’s short – it falls mid-thigh – but it is not so short you couldn’t answer the door to the postman if he brings a fabric delivery.
There’s a lot of ease, making it a really comfortable garment. I can see myself making a few slips to wear along with this robe but, if that’s not your thing, this would look just as good with a pair of pyjamas.
It doesn’t hurt that it is an incredibly simple pattern to sew. It’s made from four pattern pieces; the front and back robe pieces, the cuff and the ties. It makes it perfect for a beginner. The neckline is finished with a bias binding which makes for a beautifully tidy finish and keeps it from being bulky. The garment is Japanese-inspired; just be wary that the wide sleeves reveal whatever you are (or are not) wearing underneath.
Another thing I love about this pattern is that the ties are actually attached to the bodice – I’m forever losing the tie of my cosy dressing gowns!
This robe is made from an Art Gallery Fabrics cotton poplin, gifted to me by Minerva, and it was perfect for this make. I love sewing with cotton – it makes for an easy sewing day. And the weight of the fabric is perfect for summer. It was really the pretty print that made me want to sew up a dressing gown – I wanted to make something I would wear often.
I would definitely make this pattern again – it can be made in knit fabrics, too, which would also be super cosy and much lighter than what we’ve been wearing through the winter months. I also think this pattern could be a perfect one to make up as gifts for friends and family; there’s no fitting to worry about so you can be sure it will fit if you know their basic measurements. I rarely make clothes for other people, but this might inspire me to make an exception. This would be a lovely Christmas gift.
There are a few other patterns that were on my shortlist, some of which are unisex so if you wanted to make one for the men in your life you’d be covered.
- Named Clothing, Asaka
This sewing pattern screams retro with these statement sleeves. The pattern features a two piece sleeve with a deep vent and a long belt that wraps twice around the waist. It’s as suitable for a night out as it is a cosy night in.
2. Named Lahja Unisex Dressing Gown
‘Lahja’ is Finnish for ‘gift’ and, as the name suggests, this would be an amazing gift for a friend or yourself. Reminds me of what Agent Dale Cooper says: “Every day, once a day, give yourself a present. Don’t plan it. Don’t wait for it. Just let it happen. It could be a new shirt at the men’s store, a catnap in your office chair, or two cups of good, hot black coffee.” There are two versions; a shorter and a longer version, both of which feature large patch pockets and a belt fastening.
3. Tammy Handmade, Hayley Robe
This pattern is easily personalised to suit you – it would look equally good in towelling as it would satin. It has optional pockets and you can play withe the length to suit you.
4. Charm Patterns, Rose Dressing Gown
Want to go full glam? This is the one for you! This is a Patreon Exclusive pattern for subscribers, based off the Princess Coat. You can either make the full length gown or a shorter house coat version which doubles as a dress or layering piece.
5. Goheen Designs, Inara Robe
This it the ‘bridesmaid’s robe’ – it’s the perfect getting ready gown. It’s so feminine and glamorous, all it needs is a glass of champagne!
6. Merchant and Mills, Unisex Sunday Robe
This is another one I really love and really want to make a linen version. I also think this would make a beautiful gifts – I’m seeing couples robes – with monogram embroidered on them.