I just completed and delivered the silk kimono robe I made for my good friend and bride-to-be. It turned out to be quite nice and luxurious! It took me much longer than I had anticipated, but I was able to crank it out in time for her to wear it while she gets ready for her wedding day on Friday.
I used Vogue 8888 pattern to make this.
For the most part, it was a very good pattern to follow, although a good amount of pattern pieces (10-11 depending on the finished results), and using a very slippery, yet luxurious silk charmeuse, purchased at Mill End Store in 2013, cutting out and sewing was challenging.
Also there was a good amount of hand sewing to do. The entire shawl collar interior seam is slip stitched by hand, which took a long time:
I was not entirely happy with the seaming of the pocket opening as well as the pocket bag. I am not 100% sure I sewed it all correctly as the pattern instructions and illustrations were a bit vague and lacking for these steps, so I had to wing it and make an additional mock flat felled seam (or a mock french seam, I’m not sure what I did, I just made it work!) in order to hide the raw edge and prevent future fraying. I just tucked in the raw edges, pressed, and stitched them down inside.
The pattern instructions have you just sew the pocket bag front and back together in a single straight stitch. I felt that this was not enough for a pocket as there tends to be wear and tear on a pocket interior, so I opted to sew the pocket seam around, then fold in the seam allowances in on themselves, pressed carefully and painstakingly, and make a mock french seam or mock flat felled seam. Whatever it was, it reinforced the pocket bag seams and hid the raw edges. Vogue could have done much, much better here in my opinion. No photo, I’m sorry.
I also made up a French seam technique for the armhole seam as Vogue has you just make a single flat seam for the armhole. Again, raw edges and fraying will be present here, and I was not about to pink, serge or zig-zag the lovely silk seams (cheating IMO), so I made my own French seam for the body/sleeve seams.
I am pleased that Vogue made the effort to make the side and underarm seams of this robe French seams in the instructions, but I am disappointed in the fact that the armhole seams and pocket bag seams are just regular, single stitch seam and raw edge will be seen. So I did the right thing and made French seams where ever I could.
More hand work making the thread loop to help hold and guide the robe sash ends. I was going to skip this step of making the thread chain loop, but felt the robe in silk really needed this additional holder and guide, as the silk fabric is so slick and slippery and will certainly fall open with wear, weather intended or not 😉
The interior ties will also help hold the robe closed:
The back of the robe is nice too, smart to have the sashes attached so they don’t get lost and don’t slip around too much:
Side view of the completed robe showing the pocket, sash, side loop and part of the kimono sleeve:
I love this robe, it turned out so luxe and beautiful, and now want one made up for myself!
Maybe when I have about 3 1/2 yards of yummy silk fabric and a month to cut and sew, I’ll do it again!
I hope my lovely friend loves it and enjoys it for years to come!
13 thoughts on “Luxe Silk Kimono Robe”
How lovely, Stephanie! I’m going to add that pattern to my stash and keep it in mind the next time I go fabric shopping in NY.
Thank you Basya! It is a nice pattern to have, lots of different and nice intimate apparel pieces to make. I would absolutely love to get to go fabric shopping in NY! Maybe someday 🙂
What a beautiful robe – your friend is very fortunate to have such a caring, thoughtful friend in you! You really should make one of these robes for yourself now – think how much you would enjoy it.
Thank you so much! She is a wonderful girl and so excited to get married this Friday. I thought this would be a nice way to appreciate her and for her to enjoy getting ready for her big day wearing a little luxury! Now, I have to crank out the dress I am wearing to the wedding in three days. Yikes!
Wow! That is just gorgeous! You are a sweet friend. This post makes me get all teary eyed!
Aw! Thanks! She is a special and lovely friend and I am happy to give her the gift of my time and love with this robe. I’m sure I’ll be the one getting all teary eyed at the wedding this weekend!
It’s gorgeous and definitely luxe! What a lucky friend!
Thank you Norie!
You friend will be delighted to receive such a beautiful robe. You now a silk guru!! I shall be taking notes from now on.
I am a huge silk fan! No need to take notes from me, Teacher, I’m the one taking notes from you!
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