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.
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.
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!
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!