Co-ords: How to Make a Set From a Robe
So many of my creations come from random bursts of inspiration after seeing something hanging in a store. This robe is no different. This DIY co-ord set was the perfect answer to an oversized robe that I couldn’t let go of.
Tools and materials:
- Sewing machine
Take your measurements
Put the robe on to take your measurements. Because we’re making a wrap top, you need to measure the robe and see where it should be buttoned on your body. Pull each side across your body and pin where the button will go. Then mark where you want to cut off the bottom and the sleeves.
Cut the robe
Cut by the marked areas. For the sleeves, leave a little extra room because we will be inserting an elastic later on.
Sew a collar
Fold the collar of the robe in and pin it to secure it. Sew the collar down. After that, cut off all the excess fabric.
Add elastic to the sleeves
Turn the shirt inside out and then fold the sleeves over to create a small hem. Sew along the hem, leaving a small opening to slip the elastic through. Pin a safety pin to the edge of the elastic and bunch the fabric up to push the elastic through. Once the elastic has been pulled through, sew both sides together and then sew the small opening closed. Repeat on the other sleeve.
Put in the buttons
Choose buttons and sew them on by hand! Remember to place them by the pins you measured in the first step. Next, put the shirt on and measure the fit again. This time, mark with a pin the spot where you will cut the button slip.
Hem the bottom
Fold the bottom of the shirt to your desired length and create a hem. If there is any excess fabric, cut it off.
Make a skirt
With the excess fabric let’s make a very easy skirt. Measure your waist and pin the fabric to your size. Next, sew the fabric together (straight down the middle) to match your measurements. Then, using the same technique as in the arms, add an elastic to the waistband. Hem the bottom and you’re done.
I’m really happy with how this turned out - it’s giving me 90’s style and vibes! I think this was a super easy co-ord set to make and it’s definitely something I would wear. You can get creative and original by using different prints and fabrics. Have fun with it!
Enjoyed the project?
- Sewing machine
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Wonderful! Tip: to have the skirt fit use your hip measurement, not your waist. Allow some ease by adding a couple of inches.