Added Sep 30, 2010
Cary, United States
This was my first complete alteration and in this case, starting from a simple silk bathrobe.
I detached both sleeves and rounded their edges. I sewed the sleeve holes. After opening up both ends of the actual original sleeves, I used the openings as casings for the tie of the robe to go through. I cut and sewed the neckline of the robe and attached the tie with the sleeves hanging off to the neckline of the dress, leaving two long strips to tie into a bow. I then sewed the front of the robe completely, making it a dress you slip on over your head.
It took me about eight hours, especially because of my skill level and I improvised it the whole way through! It may not sound like I had to do much, but it was a real project.
The fabric itself was very difficult to work with.
Pattern of the Week
The oversized shape has a cool bell shaped silhouette with a wide body and fitted sleeves
Stock up on our favorite BurdaStyle patterns sewn in white!
Learn How to Sew Knits Successfully With a Sewing Machine
Join Meg Healy in this 6 Week Course, we have just re-opened enrollment for a limited time!
Meg's Magazine Mash Up 2014
Take a look at Meg's 2014 Mash Ups, and get the special pattern bundle that includes them all
You must allow our "request for permission" request to login to Burdastyle with Facebook.