I decided to sew a sweet little baby robe for my niece Zuzu for Christmas this year. I used Simplicity 3711 which is a baby bath robe pattern which includes a hood. I made a size Large for my 1-year-old niece. I think she wears a size 18-24 months in ready to wear. The robe was plenty big on her so I think this pattern must run a little big.
I used a soft flannel fabric purchased at either Hancocks or JoAnns (I can’t remember.) This robe is lined with a soft flannel solid fabric and includes a hood which I thought was adorable. It is a little bit harder to find a robe pattern that includes a hood. Flannel will fade overtime but I almost always choose it when making baby gifts-just remember not to iron it. I did find that this pattern was much more time-consuming than Simplicity 3584 that I made for Elijah last year.
Prior to this project I had never sewn a flat felt seam. It was nice to learn a new sewing technique! The seam was very easy to sew and looked wonderful along the hood.
I absolutely loved the rick rack which I attached along this robe. If I were making this for a little boy I would probably skip the rick rack and try piping instead. I skipped the applique on the front as I thought the flannel print was plenty busy enough. One thing that I didn’t do on this robe that I should have been to attach the belt. On Eli’s robe I sewed the belt onto the back of the robe so that it doesn’t get lost. You could also add belt loops.
Overall I loved how this project turned out. I will probably add it to my baby shower possibilities list. ;)