Draw a line down the center of the front section.
Fold the front pattern piece lengthwise down the center and mark center. Redraw 1/2 of the front piece, adding 1 inch
to the center side (this adds .75 inches, plus a .25" seam allowance). Add to the length of the pattern,
as needed for the length of the robe. Widen the piece at the base to allow for walking. Add the same length
to the back piece as you added to the front. The side seams of the back must be exactly the same length
as the side seam of the front. Be sure to allow for a hem. See figures below.
Make a facing for back neckline and front sections
You will need a facing for the neckline and center front sections. This is due to the fact that you
will not be adding ribbing to the neck, and you will need to finish off the center front for buttons and
button holes. Place a new piece of paper over your front and back pattern pieces. Trace a facing that runs around the edge of the
pattern pieces. See figure below. The figure shows how the facing fits to the original pattern piece.
Cut interfacing for your facings.
Cut two opposite front pieces from your fabric. (Fold your fabric lengthwise, then place the pattern piece
onto the fabric and cut through both layers - this will give you a right and left piece).
Cut out two sleeves from your fabric. Your sleeves can be finished with a hem, or ribbing.
Cut out back piece.
Sew front and back robe pieces together at shoulder seams.
Sew front facings to back facing, right sides together. Add interfacing (if you want it). You will now have one long facing that will
run around the entire inside edge of the robe (across the back neckline and down the two front center areas).
Sew the facing to the robe, right sides together.
Turn robe right side out. Press.
Line up the original center lines of the front. Remember that we added 1" beyond the center
of each front piece. This would have created an overlap of 2", except that each side has a 1/4" hem, which uses up 1/2 inch. Your overlap area should be 1.5". This strip will be used
for buttons and buttonholes. Add buttons and buttonholes. For lessons on buttonholes, refer to Buttonholes in our free sewing book.
Hem the bottom and sleeves (or add ribbing to the sleeves).