My little boy has been busy growing taller and taller. All of a sudden none of his clothes fit including his flannel bath robe I made last year. Time to break out the sewing machine and get to work! Not really sure if I would call it work or not since Elijah is just about my favorite person to sew for. ;)
I used Simplicity 3584 and made a straight size 3 with no alterations. I considered adding a 3″ hem that could be let down like I did last year but I figured that by the time Elijah was that much taller he would really need a bigger size. I used an adorable blue farmyard print for the outside and the same farmyard print in green for the inside. The flannel fabric has to be some of my favorite I have ever seen for a little boy! I made almost the same changes to the pattern that I made last year. I lined the entire robe by cutting out all of the pattern pieces again (except the pocket) out of the inside fabric. Then I laid the lining pieces wrong sides together against the outside fabric.
The pattern called for the belt and loops to be made out of bias tape. Unless you are really a beginner when it comes to sewing I would advise against this. I really think that would look tacky. To make the ties I cut 2 pieces of fabric 3X30″. I sewed the two pieces together to make one large strip. Sew a tube, inside it out and press. (If you follow my notes and make the ties you will only need 1 package of bias tape.) I also skipped using bias tape to finish the sleeves. I also made Loops which measured 2 1/4 X 3/4 when finished. Unlike the instructions I sewed them on very last and placed them right along the finished side seam.
If you are looking for a baby bath robe up to size 18-24 months I would recommend Simplicity 3711.)
I made lots of changes to this pattern but was very pleased with the final result. Sewing robes for Elijah might just be a lasting tradition in our home. :) I have a feeling I will be sewing another one next winter.