Shogun Bathrobe

This gentleman’s robe is made in a robust flannel and is based on Butterick Classics pattern 6968.

I made a few modifications as the pattern I purchased from my local thrift store was a Medium and my beloved would typically wear a size L or XL, depending on cut. He also wanted a shogun-style robe which to him meant belt loops over the hips and no patch pockets. Patch pockets would be a risk – one bad interaction with a door handle and the patch pocket would be but a shadow of its former self.

Adjustments were.

  • added belt loops. You don’t want your belt dropping in unguarded moments.
  • the belt has an inner core of calico for strength and to increase longevity.
  • pieced front band. The band is not matched. I don’t care and nor does my beloved. This was a design choice.
  • no cuffs on the sleeves. Cuffs on a robe just get in the way, in my experience. Unless you have domestic servants. We don’t. We have to do our own dishes and then cuffs definitely get in the way.
  • added 1 inch of width from shoulder to hem for increased coverage and comfort.
Flannel robe in kimono style tied with a belt below the waist

Gentleman’s Robe

5 responses to “Shogun Bathrobe

  1. I still don’t feel confident to alter commercial patterns. Recently paid for a prof dressmaker to recut and resew sleeves in my hand woven shirt.
    Love the kimono style of gown, never thought to make one for hubby.
    Really enjoy all the different things you do and show.

    • We can share notes on pattern alterations next time we meet. Kimono styles are easy to sew and well suited to handwovens due to the straight lines. It’s well worth a try.

  2. Ah – and this inspires me to move the ‘hand-woven yukata’ up on my Making List (really, it’s to be a bathrobe, but yukata-shaped.)

    • Did you see my hanten jacket post? Not trying to promote my own blog, but because it was a test in yardage of a pattern designed for handwoven. Unfortunately the jacket doesn’t meet in the middle, by design, which makes it a bit breezy. I would go for a crossover front next time, yukata style. Should be easy enough to design a pattern, I hope but I would make up a toile before I risked using my own handwoven.

      • I did not see that post! I will go look for it.

        I’m in the process of organizing and packing to move house in a week or so, and I came across the Folkwear Kimono pattern that had been paired with some lovely black and white quilting fabric with cranes all over it. Perhaps I’ll make that first to see how it all works. Also, I have a cotton yukata my mother brought back from Hawai’i before I was born – it fits me well, but unfortunately, the cloth is rotting. I had thought to use that as a pattern too.

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