So you’ve seen the belt, and you’ve seen the mantle, but you’re wondering about those layers of robes underneath? Cool your jets, I’ve got what you’re looking for right here. Today I’m going to show you the sleeveless robe for the fanciest damn wizard you’ve ever met! Now just as a reminder: this first image is the design I started with.
But man, the sleeveless robe sure is all covered up there, and it looks pretty simple and boring. Well, that’s because I was planning on having it be panels of this gorgeous fabric embroidered with tiny mirrors. It didn’t need to have any fancy cut, or applique. Then the fabric got lost in delivery, no less than three times, in four months. Being the impatient creature that I am, I redesigned to use fabric that I actually had access to.
The sketch on the right was made after I’d picked out my fabrics. The main panels are a light grey velvet with an elaborate vinework pattern. The contrast panels for the sides and middle back, are a dark purple fabric with a shiny zigzag pattern.
Altering the a base pattern to account for all the extra panels of fabric was fairly simple. And I compared having the panels be connected for the full length versus free hanging from the waist [which you can see in one of the following photos].
After fitting the basic robe with the wide belt and mantle to get a final measurement for the spacing of the applique, I got started selecting and cutting out interesting shapes to use. For this photo I layered an applique candidate out over the pattern that I’m using for the front panel pieces.
Here’s a quick photo of me trying on the the finished robe over street clothes. It took several tries to get the hems on the neckline and arm holes to lay flat and not poke out of the outfit in that ugly way that frayed edges do.
All that’s left is to make an under robe. My friend and I are debating back and forth about the right materials and cut for it. I’m thinking something silky but light enough to breathe, California is awfully warm most of the year and this out fit has a lot of layers.