Navy cotton poplin bath robe
A Father’s Day Bathrobe in 5 hours
June 4, 2019
by Max Donos

Treating your father only takes a few meters of cotton poplin, a simple pattern and 5 hours of leisurely sewing. For this bathrobe I used a combination of dog print navy cotton twill and Burda 6740 pattern.

Burda 6740 bath robe pattern

Burda 6740 bath robe pattern…/burda-6740-unisex-bathrobe

Light cotton bath robe perfect for a warm morning

Light cotton bath robe perfect for a warm morning, modelled by my son

Calculating the time

I did not mislead you: this project took me 5 hours to complete from start to finish. First, cutting out the paper pattern – 25 minutes. Second, cutting out the fabric – 35 minutes. Third, 10 minutes coffee reward pause. Finally, making up the garment – the rest of the time. To complete, final pressing, if desired – 5 minutes. I call it near instant gratification.

navy blue summer bath robe

Navy blue summer bath robe

The possibilities are endless: make the robe long or short, with a collar or kimono style, in one fabric or color blocked. Hence, may your creativity soar!  This particular garment is a gift for a dear friend, who is like an adopted father for our family ever since we immigrated to Canada 15 years ago. He just turned 96 years old!

Robe folded

Robe folded and ready to be gifted

Nota Bene on the bathrobe

Just 2 notes on the pattern: mark the center of the collar and it will be easier to put it in.  I also veered off the pattern instructions when I was attaching the underside of the collar: I machine stitched it instead of attaching it by hand. Likewise, I attached the facing along the edge. Ah, one more thing: I made belt loops out of the same fabric and attached them with a thin zigzag stitch. That’s because I imagined hand-made belt loops to be too labour consuming. Finally, I stitched a piece of ribbon to be able to hang the robe on the hook.

Happy Father’s Day celebrations!

bath robe from the back

Bathrobe, view from the back


9 thoughts on “A Father’s Day Bathrobe in 5 hours”

  1. helena says:

    very nice and so simple… thank you!

  2. Robin says:

    What size does Burda 6740 come in?

  3. Max says:

    Robin, the sizes are XS to XL. Being a robe, it is quite roomy.

  4. Lewis says:

    This is so gorgeous! I’m at the very beginning of my sewing journey and you’ve inspired me. How long have you been making garments for?

  5. Lewis says:

    Also curious as to how you finished the seams!

  6. Max Donos says:

    Lewis, thank you. I appreciate it. I have been sewing on and off since I was 12. But I have to tell you that the more you sew, the better and faster you get. Just don’t give up and treat every experience as a learning opportunity.
    As for the seams, they are simply overlocked (3 threads). You can use a wide zigzag stitch to prevent fraying. Or, a more laborious process would be to bias bind the exposed edges. However, if the fabric does not fray a lot(ex. cotton, jersey), you could simply leave it as is, and with time the fibers will mesh together and the edges will stop fraying (I still wear pants without any edge treatment, for over 6 years now, and they are just fine).

  7. Lewis says:

    Thank you, Max! I’ll take a look at the pattern but I think I’ll attempt French seams on this one.

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