Vintage upcycling: 1973 Robe pattern from a 70’s sheet
This is Simplicity 5685 from 1973 made from a vintage sheet from around the same year. I am over the moon that the border pieces match – even the sewn-on front band! If you use border fabric, make sure that all of the edge pieces line up from the same line. I put the cutting line on the fabric edge and it turned out fine. I “fussy-cut” the pocket to show off the big purple flower.This is not a difficult pattern, but the body/sleeve intersection is a little tricky because it is a right angle. If you go too far it will pucker (just use a ripper to take out the extras). If you don’t go far enough there will be a hole – just stitch a little further.
I had to visit You Tube before making the belt carriers, as there are no pattern pieces or instructions for those. Because the fabric unravels easily, I finished all of the seams using the overcast stitch on my machine and the “G” or Overcast presser foot. I love this foot, which keeps the fabric from puckering when overcasting or zig-zagging. As I don’t have a serger, I use this foot on almost every project.
I didn’t have any seam binding, so I just turned the sleeves and hem under 1/4″ twice and sewed them down.
If you want to give this project a try, here are links to similar patterns in this shop: Butterick 6475 chest/bust 30.5-31.5 and Butterick 6475 chest/bust 34-36. I also have several robe patterns in my Etsy shop, including a child-size kimono robe that would be cute made up from a character sheet.