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Harry Potter Robes

Added Aug 13, 2009

by alasse

Munich, Germany

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Description

These were commissioned… I made five of them altogether, the girls wore them at a convention.
Obviously they are inspired by the Harry Potter movies (or copied, rather).
I made the pattern from scratch, the badges I bought at ebay.

EDIT: Added instruction for pattern construction and such :-)

Material Notes

Polyester fabric in different colours

Difficulty

Intermediate

Categories

For
Women
Garment Type
Costume

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    Aug 16, 2015, 10.10 PMby Mary Jo Sminkey

    Very happy to find this pattern, but wondering if you suggest certain fabrics? Which are the most authentic?

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      Aug 22, 2015, 12.16 PMby alasse

      Hi,
      for price reasons I used polyester for this commission, but using a lighter woolen cloth (like for suits) for outer fabric and house colour, lined with a taffetta lining fabric or a light cotton (if you prefer a non shiny version) would be most like the movie costumes.
      I suppose a drapey, not too light cotton should work nicely too. For the correct look, I think it’s most important to use a matte fabric with a nice drape.

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    Feb 10, 2015, 12.48 AMby Birgitte Østby

    Finnaly! Yes, I found patterens for a Harry Potter robe :) This are good! Hi from Norway.

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    Feb 10, 2015, 12.48 AMby Birgitte Østby

    Finnaly! Yes, I found patterens for a Harry Potter robe :) This are good! Hi from Norway.

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    Jan 12, 2015, 11.33 PMby Carolina Barreiro

    Hi, thank you for the pattern!!! I want to make the robe to my 7 years old boy. I hope I can reduce the measures properly (I’ve never studied cut & stitch). I wonder if you draw the pattern with or without seam. Thank you, and sorry for my bad english.

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      Jan 15, 2015, 08.01 PMby alasse

      There are no seam allowances, but then again the drawings are not really to scale, but more a sort of diagramm… Hope it’ll work out!

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    Aug 27, 2014, 02.12 PMby Nisha Parikh Scullino

    Thank you so much for the pattern – I have 7 to make for my daughter’s Hogwarts themed party, and I was glad to find this! They are looking good so far. Have ordered badges and ties from Ebay – thank you also for that tip!

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    Dec 23, 2013, 03.54 AMby Tamara Sell

    I’m planning on making these for myself, size 20 AUS. How would you recommend printing off the pattern to scale so that it will be the correct size to fit me? Eg: if I print it off now at 100% scale from your .jpg it is maybe toy or doll sized. I know my measurements will be different than what you have (I’m 5 foot tall) and this is my first clothing sewing project. Should I just get butchers paper or something and try to free hand draw? Or again, buy paper and a right angle straight edge ruler? I don’t want this to turn out wrong..

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      Dec 24, 2013, 11.44 AMby alasse

      The “pattern” isn’t made to be printed, it’s meant to be illustrations for my drafting instructions. Get paper, a right angle and a pencil and start drafting! To help you with things like the armhole, grab an old shirt or see if you can find a free shirt pattern online.
      Start at the center front which is your shoulder to ankle measurement plus the hood (40cm) and try to copy the rest, just bigger! And if anything seems unclear, just ask!

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    Nov 1, 2013, 08.20 PMby Susan P.

    Thanks so much for sharing your pattern! I made robes for my boys (and 1 for me) for Halloween this year. I added some photos of the finished projects.

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    Oct 21, 2013, 09.26 PMby littemonster

    Hi there, I just wanted to thank you! I have been looking for a pattern for months now… I decent one anyway and yours by far is the best I have come across in my many hours of researching :) I have finally finished my gryffindor robes for halloween :) I grew up with Harry Potter and found out we could dress up for work so I wanted to go as a Gryffindor student as that is my house on pottermore.com. I have a photo of the finished product but I am not sure how to send to you? would really like your opinion on how it turned out :) Thanks…. oh I am also a beginner at sewing this was my first project and I found your instructions although a little confusing at some parts but very easy to follow :) managed to make the robes for less than $40

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      Nov 14, 2013, 02.04 AMby alasse

      Hi! I’m glad you liked my pattern and were able to make your robe! And I’d absolutely love to see it :)
      The easiest way for me to see your finished costume is to upload it as a project here on burdastyle (and if you link it as a finished project of this pattern everyone who looks at this pattern will immediately see yours at the side!). If you don’t want to share your pictures with everyone, just send me a direct message (via the “contact” button in my profile) and I’ll write back to you with my email address so you can send the picture to me :)

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    Oct 17, 2013, 11.58 AMby aeryn12

    Thank you for your pattern, I made a really great Halloween costume for my 5 years old son!

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    Nov 2, 2012, 05.30 PMby Susan Ohl

    I love your pattern. I made four for Halloween. Two adults, Cedric Diggory and Luna Lovegood, and two childrens, Hermione Granger and Draco Malfoy. They turned out great. Love the Quidditch Robes the lady made for her son and friends.

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      Nov 3, 2012, 08.09 PMby alasse

      I’m glad you liked it! I would love to see the finished robes! :)

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    Sep 30, 2012, 08.58 AMby Nikki Walters

    Thank you for this fab pattern I’ve just used it (with minor alterations and colour change) to make quidditch robes for a whole team of Gryffindor players plus two reserves and the ex-Minister of Magic Fudge – we all went in costume to the Warner Bros Studio Tours and caused quite a commotion amongst the muggles!

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    Jul 27, 2012, 06.25 AMby Lee5150

    Hello again,

    Yes you are totally correct. I hadn’t thought of that. So the measurement should be from the side of your next to the end of your shoulder. And the ‘V’ bit should be the width of your neck.

    I had made a couple of suit jackets before so I have experience with lining and setting in sleeves. I decided to make this robe fully lined so I stitched the armscye to the sleeve cap on both the lining and outer fabric so that the seams were hidden, like on a jacket. It looks fantastic so far. I will also be adding inseam pockets and an inside wand pocket!

    Again, this pattern is great and I thank you for sharing it.

    Thanks

    Lee

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      Jul 27, 2012, 04.36 PMby alasse

      I’m looking forward to seeing the finished project and I’m glad you like the pattern!

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    Jul 26, 2012, 10.24 AMby Lee5150

    Hello,

    Thank you for this amazing pattern! I do have one comment to make and that is that I think the measurement that you have written as “half shoulder width” should read shoulder shoulder to shoulder divide by 2, minus 100mm. The minus 100mm bit I got because I seem to have a ‘V’ shaped seam below my neck on the back of the robe. Half of that ‘V’ is 100mm wide. If my back if 500mm wide, working from the centre I have 100mm for half of the ‘V’, then “half shoulder width”. This gives me 350mm in total, or a total of 700mm shoulder to shoulder. If my back is 500mm wide, this means the start of the sleeve would sit off my shoulders by 100mm. Using this formula worked for me and now my sleeve start at the very end of my shoulder.

    All this is assuming I have made the robe in the correct way using your instructions, which may not be the case!

    Thanks

    Lee

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      Jul 26, 2012, 09.23 PMby alasse

      I get what you mean. I think the problem lies indeed in the term “half shoulder” because what I meant by it is sort of from the side of your neck to the shoulder, not half the measurement from shoulder to shoulder. I don’t know how to properly name that measurement however. In German it’s simply called “shoulder width” (when you’re referring to sewing related measuring), but I think that might be misread as “from shoulder to shoulder”.
      I’m glad about a suggestion for a better term to use, however I think your suggestion with “minus 10cm” isn’t quite perfect because not everyone’s neck is the same width… :)

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    Jul 7, 2012, 11.53 PMby Annie Tipton

    Alasse, THANK YOU for making this pattern available! I just gave 3 of them away as gifts (and made one for myself…) Check it out here: http://annietipton.tumblr.com/post/26726443049/how-to-have-a-resorting-party

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      Jul 8, 2012, 09.58 AMby alasse

      Very cool! I’m glad the pattern worked for you! Your sorting event looks extremely fun!

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    Dec 5, 2011, 04.46 PMby Stephen Hancock

    The old pattern picture would be great. Would you post a link to it here, or could you just send it to me directly?

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    Dec 5, 2011, 07.58 AMby Stephen Hancock

    You had an old pattern and this is the update. I made one robe with the old instructions, and I was wondering if you had the old instructions, as I’m going to make a second. I understand that these instructions might be simpler in the long run, but I’ve already worked through the difficulties in the other instructions. I know I know what I’m doing there.

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      Dec 5, 2011, 04.20 PMby alasse

      Unfortunately I don’t have the old instructions. But these aren’t really changed that much, the only major thing I altered is the pattern picture (I do have the old picture however, if that helps). Other than that I only cleared up a few things, but usually that just meant changing a couple of things. I’m a lazy person, so I didn’t write completely new instructions :P

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    Nov 18, 2011, 11.11 PMby manniann

    I have the pattern all cut out. When I sew the lining with the red strip in the front that is going to make it smaller than the outer robe. Should I have cut more (5/8") to allow for that seam in the lining? I’m having trouble visualizing this. Thanks

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      Nov 19, 2011, 12.31 AMby alasse

      Yes, you should have added seam allowance. You could however just join those two parts of lining you have by applying a ribbon or strip of fabric (place them edge to edge and put the ribbon along the line where they touch. Then sew the ribbon both to the coloured strip and the rest of the lining). That will probably end up looking really neat!

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      Nov 19, 2011, 05.54 PMby manniann

      Good Idea! Thanks so much.

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    Nov 13, 2011, 11.47 PMby mpagee

    Thank you so so much for your instructions!!! They were very helpful and I appreciate the fact that you shared them on this website!!! I made 3 of your Gryffindor robes for my 13, 5 and 3 year old this past Halloween. They came out looking great and they put a huge smile on my boys faces… all thanks to you! You sure did a great job!

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      Nov 14, 2011, 11.12 AMby alasse

      Thanks so much! Maybe you’d want to share the project? I’d really love to see how they turned out! They must look so cute :)

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      Oct 13, 2012, 04.48 PMby grandmascreations

      How did you downsize the pattern for your children?
      It was mentioned to start with measuring the long front line—then would you adjust by fraction? Example-if the front is smaller by 1/4—-do you adjust all other pattern sides by 1/4?
      Thank you!

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      Oct 13, 2012, 07.01 PMby alasse

      Hi! To downsize this pattern measure the shoulder and the arm length and use those for the pattern construction (the shoulder measurement would be seam number 4) For the length of the hood measure from the back of the neck to roughly the small of the back and as you might have noticed I used the same measurement down at the hem to get the width. And for the “heigth” of the hood I find the easiest method is to just lay the measuring tape over the head as if it were the opening of the hood and see how wide it needs to be. Half of that measurement would be the 40cm/16’’ I marked in my drawing.
      I hope this was all clear, let me know if you have any further questions!

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    Oct 30, 2011, 11.35 PMby Samantha Neal

    SO…This project is working pretty well. I’m on the Almost Done step right now. Once we figured out the pattern, it was pretty easy. Figuring out the pattern was not very easy. We were super confused about how to make the arm hole curve, especially. We ended up ripping out seams 3 and 5 about two inches because we didn’t go big enough. It would help if the “pattern” extended the lines on the odd angles to give right angle measurements. For example on the sleeve, if the fold line was extended (by a dotted line or something) you could give a measurement for between the end of the top of the sleeve and the line of the height of the sleeve.

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    Sep 18, 2011, 10.54 PMby patti-r

    Great Job!!!!! Thank You for the instructions…

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    Sep 1, 2011, 05.30 PMby jriley5726

    I’m sorry that I have to ask this — I have figured everything out but the hood. As I read the instructions, you cut the hood piece twice, does this mean that you cut two pieces from a single layer? or four pieces from a double layer. If it’s four pieces how do you put it all together?

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      Sep 2, 2011, 10.47 AMby alasse

      The hood parts are attached to the front pieces and the lining pieces. So you don’t have to cut out any separate hood parts at all.

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    Aug 8, 2011, 09.11 PMby pussycat27

    I can’t thank you enough for this! I sized this down to fit my 4 year old daughter and it is PERFECT! Went together super easy.

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      Aug 8, 2011, 10.31 PMby alasse

      I’m glad you like it! I would love to see the finished project, I bet she looks so cute :)

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    Jul 7, 2011, 04.54 PMby Michelle Kowalczyk

    thank you so much!

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      Jul 7, 2011, 05.47 PMby alasse

      No problem, I hope everything is clear now :)

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    Jul 6, 2011, 08.45 PMby Michelle Kowalczyk

    i feel dumb i dont understand what you mean by front and back pieces, what are the front pieces and what are the back pieces? and should the blue lines also be the same length as seam 4 (the half shoulder measurement)? or are they not going to be connected there? also are the sleeves the only thing that need to be cut on a fold or do any of the other pieces need to be as well? i understand how i need to do the lining, its just the actual robe part that i cant picture fully so im a bit confused about it. thanks so much for your time

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      Jul 7, 2011, 10.40 AMby alasse

      Hi! :)
      - The front pieces are the big thing including the hood, the back piece is the big part without the hood cut on fold. (in my sketch the part which is the back piece has this swirly/marble-like pattern)

      - The blue lines don’t have to be the same lenght as seam no. 4. The blue line on the hood part will only be relevant for the front pieces and the blue line that makes the back neck line is only important for the back piece.

      - Yes, the back also needs to be cut on fold as I said when answering your first question. :)

      Good luck with your robe! I hope we’ll get to see the finished project :)

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    Jun 28, 2011, 03.10 PMby Charlotte Ford

    Hi, I really love your pattern I’m just a bit confused about a few things. First of all the seam you have marked 5, what measurement would i use for that? as in what do i measure to get that length? second I’m not sure on the sleeves, the curved section how do i know if I got that right? and last of all the half shoulder does that carry on all the way to the edge or is that measurement just until it meets with the blue line? Sorry to be a bother :)

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      Jun 28, 2011, 05.06 PMby alasse

      The seam marked 5 is basically from under your arm to your ankle. I always found it easier though, to just start with the long front line and then construct the pattern from there. So at the lower end, you draw a line in a right angle to the front line in whatever lenght you need (1/4 of the total circumference of your robe’s seam) and then connect the line you just drew with the end of your arm hole, so it looks like in my picture.

      Regarding the sleeves: Either you just use the sleeve section of a pattern you have lying around (meaning you copy BOTH the arm hole and the shape of the sleeve) or, when drawing the sleeve the way I did in my pattern, just make sure the armhole and the curved section of the sleeve have exactly the same shape :) That is a lazy way of drafting a sleeve and would not work on more tightly fitting clothing, but for a wide robe it’s okay.

      The half shoulder measurement is only meant to be until it meets the blue line.

      I hope I could help (I should seriously update those instructions, they are pretty unclear even to me by now :D) and you were in no way bothering me ;)

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      Jun 28, 2011, 07.19 PMby Charlotte Ford

      Ahh, I see it now! Thankyou :)

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    Jun 22, 2011, 10.38 PMby SewinPretty

    I feel really stupid asking this question, but…. how many peices TOTAL should i have, and as for the back, where is the front:{ ive been procrastinating on this project, and now i have to get it done FAST, so im a bit crazy and stuff:)

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      Jun 23, 2011, 03.21 PMby alasse

      Hi again :)
      You should have 2 front pieces, 1 back piece (on fold), 2 sleeves (cut on fold), 2 front and hood lining pieces and 2 sleeve lining pieces (on fold).
      So that makes 9 pieces total :)
      As for the back piece, what do you mean by “front”? The line I marked with the number 5 in my drawing would be the side seam, where you attach the front pieces. Is that what you meant?

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      Jun 24, 2011, 09.22 AMby SewinPretty

      Thank you very much. As soon as I posted the question, i had an epiphany, and i realized my mistake. Thank you very much for this great project, and for your generous help :)

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      Jun 24, 2011, 10.34 AMby alasse

      you’re welcome :)
      I’m very much looking forward to seeing the finished robes!

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    Jun 13, 2011, 04.45 AMby Kimberley Louwrens

    Thank you so much for this pattern!!! :) I’m making 11 robes for a group of friends for the premier of the last movie :P

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      Jun 13, 2011, 11.00 PMby alasse

      Wow, 11… that’s quite the big plan! I hope you guys have fun!

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    May 10, 2011, 02.01 AMby Noelle McDonough

    I feel like I should be able to figure this out, but I am having trouble. When I cut out the two front pieces, I kept the hood part attached. Is that correct? Then when i am cutting out the back piece in black on the fold, do i still cut out the hood part? I don’t think the hood is “swirled” so I think I shouldn’t include the hood, but i wanted to make sure if i can. Thanks so much for posting this pattern. I am trying to make three for my girls by July 15th!

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      May 10, 2011, 11.04 AMby alasse

      Actually you got everything right :)
      The hood part is only included in the front piece. For the back, the blue line is the neck line.

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    Apr 7, 2011, 07.50 AMby SewinPretty

    This is a great pattern, but its a wee bit confusing:) well especialy at 1 oclock in the morning:) i reaally like everything except for that half shoulder thing. other than that, its awesome:)

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      Apr 12, 2011, 11.44 AMby alasse

      Thank you :)
      What exactly did you find confusing? Any suggestions for improving it?
      (it all made sense to me, when I made it, which was probably also at some point very late at night, so I shouldn’t be held responsible :P)

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      Apr 16, 2011, 09.08 PMby SewinPretty

      You are very welcome! The half shoulder thing was confusing, but it was my own fault! :} I was looking at the PDF, and on my laptop, the PDFs sometimes get distorted. I missed the part where you explained that the half shoulder was half the measurement from shoulder to shoulder. But as soon as i looked a the normal instructions, I got it :) (And im happy Im not the only one sewing at the early hours of the morning :D )

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    Mar 19, 2011, 07.52 PMby mveatch

    These are so cute! I’m totally going to try to make some. My only question (so far). Obviously the hood and the sleeves are lined, but then how much of the main part is lined? Just a small strip near the opening? That’s what I’ve concluded from looking at the pattern, but then I’m not sure how to attach that strip of lining to the robe. Sorry if this is a dumb question! I just figured I’d ask before I try it on my own and do it totally wrong.

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      Apr 29, 2011, 05.15 PMby alasse

      Hi!
      I’m sorry I’m just answering you now, I have overlooked your question :(

      Yes, only a small strip at the front is lined with the coloured fabric, that’s the way it is in the movies.
      One of the robes I made was actually completely lined, but still there was only this small stripe of coloured fabric and the rest of the lining was black lining fabric.

      For the ones, which weren’t completely lined I used this kind of tape you can iron on and which will hold the two layers together. Alternatively you could probably also use some kind of fabric glue, or a blind hem stitch, or you could do it by hand with really tiny stitches. Today I would probably use a blind hem, but back then I didn’t know my sewing machine could do that ;)

      Again, I’m very sorry your question was overlooked and I’m looking forward to maybe see a finished creation!

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