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Harry Potter Robes

Added Aug 13, 2009

by alasse

Munich, Germany




Step 2 Pattern construction


Basically this is a very easy pattern, once you know how it’s done. I thought it would make more sense to just explain how to make the pattern instead of uploading one, so you can fit it to whatever measurements you need.

Now, the measurements I added in the picture were the ones I used and are simply a guideline. Note that my robes were done for grown women, so of the whole thing would have to be a lot smaller for a child.

Because someone recently pointed it out to me: I marked one of the seams “half shoulder”. This is supposed to me half of the measurement from shoulder to shoulder. I’m sorry, it made sense to me, so I didn’t realize how unclear that was.

I added a new picture where you can see all pattern pieces separately, because the old one was kind of hard to understand. It made sense to me, but then again, I created the pattern.
The image is kind of small here on burdastyle and (at least for me) it’s not clickable, so go here to see it a bit bigger: Link
Okay, the whole thing has to be cut out of black fabric, the main part twice, the sleeve twice on fold and the back once on fold.
Out of the fabric in the colour of your house you have to cut out the front lining stripe (which includes the hood) twice and the sleeves twice on fold.

IMPORTANT: I marked two lines in blue, these have to be the same length!!!

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    May 7, 2018, 07.28 PMby KjerstiHaugtro

    I dont understand how to stich The blue lines. IT all gets very Clumsy in The Angle between The shoulders and The hood.

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    Oct 6, 2017, 03.36 PMby Joscelin MacFarlane

    Where are the instructions on how to draft this pattern? The picture of what the pattern should look like is helpful but i keep looking for the instructions you say you’ve included and can’t seem to find them. How much fabric should I buy? Double the length, meaning measure from neck to ankle and double that? How much fabric for the lining?

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    Oct 27, 2016, 03.03 PMby AnnDMiller

    Thanks for posting this. One problem — the link for the larger image is taking me to a German art gallery. ???

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      Dec 25, 2018, 03.16 PMby ClawRavenscroft

      because the pattern is old and the link is long dead.

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    Jul 31, 2016, 06.35 PMby AFanco

    Made two of these robes for my boys, didn’t have an issue. I would just like to make a suggestion with the front lining; I noticed when by boys would walk the wind blew the robe open revealing just a burgundy strip for a lining. I would make the lining the same size as the front cloak. Also used a iron on transfer for the Hogwarts emblem. So happy thank you so much for this pattern.

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    Oct 21, 2015, 04.56 PMby Amelia Rosenthal

    I need help with the hood! It seems to not be big enough and it comes to an awkward point at the brow. What’s the deal?

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    Sep 21, 2015, 12.14 PMby swiceblade

    How do I adjust the measurements for a 5 year old? I know how to measure the lengths, but I am struggling more with the widths. Thank you

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    Oct 11, 2014, 09.34 PMby tlgoslin

    The link in your instructions to the pattern pieces shown separately is not working. Any chance they are still available?

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      Oct 12, 2014, 11.41 AMby alasse

      Thank you for telling me, I didn’t realize the link was broken! Should be fixed now :)

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    Oct 26, 2013, 10.31 PMby spaceace4ever74

    So I have attempted making this for my 17 year old son and am now more frustrated than ever. I have tried to cut the pattern pieces as best I could, given that there are no armhole measurements given, and it is missing quite a few of the other essential measurements (i.e. how long is number 6 and number 2 and at what angle are they suppose to be cut, what angle is number 4 suppose to be cut on). I have put it all together and even after enlarging the armholes according to a bathrobe pattern I have ( because the arms could fit through without tearing) I still cannot manage it to where he can fit his arms through without tearing seams. Is there any way that the pattern could be illustrated a bit ( actually a lot) more detailed.

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      Nov 14, 2013, 01.58 AMby alasse

      I’m sorry you had problems with this.
      But let me explain: The point with these illustrations is – they’re not supposed to be used as pattern pieces. I state at the beginning of this step that I will explain how to draft the pattern for yourself, the pictures are meant to be just a guideline so you know how the pattern should (roughly) look.
      The reason I don’t give measurements here is because I have seen people make this for four year olds and for grown-ups alike and I simply cannot add the correct measurements for everyone.

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    Dec 20, 2012, 09.38 PMby mrspmotherof3

    Hello, I love this pattern :) my only question is how long your original length was, the pattern doesn’t specify what the complete length is along the back piece.

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      Dec 22, 2012, 05.22 PMby alasse

      I made several different lengths. I always measured the girls from shoulder to ankle (like it says on the very left). Have fun making your robe! :)

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    Feb 1, 2012, 12.51 AMby aWitch4Harry

    Are we meant to cut down the vertical dashed line on the front piece? If not I cannot for the life of me understand how the hood is to be attached. This one aspect has me completely stumped and as a result I am afraid to start this project. Any clarification would be very much appreciated. Cheers!

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      Feb 1, 2012, 05.30 PMby alasse

      No, you’re not supposed to cut down the dashed line. This line is just a marker to see how far in the coloured stripe will go (that’s the lining piece).
      As to attaching the hood: The hood (sorta) is already attached, it’s the topmost part of the main and lining pattern pieces (where you can see seams 1 and 2). So the hood doesn’t need to be attached, but rather “closed” and only in the back of the neck.
      Other than that you construct the hood by sewing together seams 1 and 2 of the two front pieces, meaning you will have a seam running over the top of your head with the finished hood.

      I hope this helped, feel free to ask again if it didn’t :)

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    Oct 29, 2011, 02.42 AMby potterbother

    Can you make the lining the same size as the front and back, meaning it will cover all of the inside?

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      Oct 29, 2011, 12.04 PMby alasse

      Yes you can. The movie robes are actually completely lined in black in addition to the house colour at the opening and the sleeves.
      If you plan to do it that way, you should “substract” the coloured lining frontal stripe from the complete front piece so that your black lining piece is only the part of the front piece right of the dashed line. Or you just do the complete lining in the house colour of your choice :)

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    Oct 16, 2011, 11.39 PMby Tiffany Williams

    Do you have any photos of the process of this project? I’m having a hard time imagining exactly how you do the front/hood lining. I understand the sewing right sides together, but I don’t understand what you do with the other edge. Do you just tack it down somehow. Sorry, I’m really confused. I want to use this pattern, but I’m afraid I’ll cut into my fabric, get to this point and be totally lost. LOL!

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      Oct 20, 2011, 03.47 PMby alasse

      No, I don’t have any pictures of the process, otherwise I would have put them in here.
      As to your question, I’m not quite sure what you mean by “other edge”. Can you give me the seam number?
      Or do you mean the other edge of the long stripe? In that case, yes, basically you just tack it down (if you just use the coloured stripe and don’t line the robe completely). I used this iron-on sticky tape to fix the stripe to the rest of the robe. You could however also fix it with tiny stitches by hand. I think I deal with this in step 9.
      I hope I could help you :)

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    Oct 5, 2011, 08.13 PMby Jessica Flake

    what does it mean the sleeve twice on fold?

    I am very confused of which part is which, is the hood the triangle, and where am i supposed to cut? why is only half of the robe showing??

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      Oct 6, 2011, 10.30 AMby alasse

      Sleeve twice on fold means that you have to cut two sleeves (obviously), but the pattern piece in the drawing is only half the sleeve. So to not have a seam right on top of your sleeve you fold your fabric before cutting and place the pattern right at the fold (the “shoulder to wrist” line is along the fold then) and when you cut it out now, voilà: you have the complete sleeve.
      Yes, the hood is the triangle at the top of the big piece, however you do not cut it separately but as part of the big piece.
      As to why the robe is not completely showing: My drawing is a drawing of the pattern pieces, not of the robe. And to save time (and pattern paper…) you usually only use half the pattern and cut it on fold or simply on two layers of fabric simultaneously (only works if the halfes are symmetrical of course). That’s not something I thought of, it’s just what is generally done.

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    Aug 26, 2011, 08.58 PMby gusmom

    Is the graphic of the pattern correct with regard to angles and curves? I am going to down-size it for my 7 year old and am hoping I can just eyeball the pattern based on your graphic. Also, a half shoulder on him is 6 1/2". What length would I make the blue lines? Are the blue lines supposed to be the same length as a half shoulder?

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      Aug 26, 2011, 11.51 PMby alasse

      I’m not 100% sure if the graphic’s proportions are correct. I didn’t really pay attention to that when I made it. But the angles and the sleevecurves should be about right.
      As for the blue lines, they are basically half the back neckline (with a v-shape). Maybe you can just take this measurement on him? Or from one of his shirts maybe :)

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    Jul 31, 2011, 03.34 PMby alexsandcastle

    How would you adjust the pattern for a teenager?

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      Aug 1, 2011, 11.06 AMby alasse

      I don’t think you’d have to adjust it too much. The lenght, shoulders and sleeves you can just adjust anyway as is pointed out in my sketch.
      I don’t know the size of the teenager you’re working for, but if 2m circumference at the hem (it is supposed to be wide of course….) seems unreasonably much and the 40cm hood are way to much as well, just take a bit less.
      Sorry that I’m being so vague, but it’s hard to be specific without knowing the size of the future wearer ;)

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    Jul 18, 2011, 04.51 PMby cristynmerry

    I want to be sure I’m understanding correctly – the back is essentially a v-neck (due to the blue line)? Or is it to be cut straight across and the front is the v-neck? Thanks.

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      Jul 18, 2011, 04.55 PMby alasse

      You’re right, the back is a v-neck. This v-neck is where the hood will be attached :)

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    Jul 11, 2011, 04.40 PMby Martha Leeming

    Hi :) Me and my friend are making these now, and we are slighly confused, ar ell of these shapes folded in half on the material, so when you open the shape it will be the full thing or something, please can you try and explain :)

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      Jul 12, 2011, 04.53 PMby alasse

      No, not all the parts are on fold. Only the back (=the big thing without the hood) and the sleeves are.
      By that I mean, folding the fabric and then cutting out the pieces with the unmarked seams (=the seam opposite seam 5 on the big piece and the seam opposite seam 3 on the sleeves) along the fold.

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    Jul 11, 2011, 03.22 AMby expelliarmus

    Hi, I just want to make sure I get this right, so I know you said the back is the part with the swirly pattern. so this would then include the light gray and dark gray swirly parts?

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      Jul 11, 2011, 08.33 AMby alasse

      Yep :)

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    Apr 29, 2011, 07.38 AMby ultrajoey

    Hi if i wanted to add about 2 inches to the 4" coloured lining, would I just add 2 inches to the from of it? so instead of four it would be six?

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      Apr 29, 2011, 05.02 PMby alasse

      You could do that, but then you’d have to add the 2 inches to the black fabric as well so the pieces will fit together. This will make your robe 4 inches wider in total towards the front (including at the hood).

      If you just want the coloured lining to be wider, without changing the robe’s shape, you would have to add the 2 inches towards the side seam (this would be towards the right in my drawing). But I’m not sure how this will affect the way the front folds and how it will work at the shoulder, so you should probably try it out first.

      I hope I could help you!

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