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Corinne's Thread: Purl Soho Women's Robe

A few months ago, when I made the Purl Soho Kid’s Robe, the response was unanimous: “One in my size too, please!” We couldn’t have agreed more! So, thanks to your great advice, we introduce… the Purl Soho Women’s Robe! 
I knew immediately that I was going to like this project, but once I started, I fell in actual love. I didn’t know my life was missing this robe, but then, I couldn’t believe I had gone so long without one. I began to keep a mental tally of all the people who would be getting a handmade robe from me (first on the list: happy Mother’s Day, mom!).  
I designed the Purl Soho Women’s Robe to be roomy but not bulky, classic but not prim, comfy but not sloppy. Although you can make yours in any light or mid-weight cotton, linen or flannel, I love the breezy look and feel of Liberty of London’s gorgeous Tana Lawn. I used the Seasonal print Junos Garden Pastel. 
The Purl Soho Women’s Robe Pattern walks you through every step of the process with detailed photographs and tons of helpful tips. It includes sizes from Extra Small to Extra Large, in both above-the-knee and below-the-knee lengths. Pick up a hardcopy or PDF download right here!
And here’s a list of everything you’ll need to get started…


In a light or medium-weight cotton, a flannel or a linen, you'll need this amount of fabric:
You'll also need...
Interested in the original Kid's Robe? Get the whole story by just clicking here; and pick up a Kid's Robe Pattern right here!
Thank you, readers, for inspiring me to make this wholly satisfying robe. And keep those suggestions coming! -Corinne

Reader Comments (25)

Wouldn't cotton wrinkle really quickly?
April 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRuth
I love this! Is there any reason the pattern can't be used for a man as well? I'm thinking my husband would love one... If not, you guys should get on a coordinating men's robe! ;)
April 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHannah
This looks wonderful! I love the look of the Liberty fabric! The Nani Iro brushed cottons would be lovely too! Long ago I made my son a lined robe with some Nani Iro and terrycloth. The Cotton Sherpa you carry looks like it would be lovely for this. Does the pattern include directions for adding a lining? Would adding a lining make it too "stiff"? What do you think?
April 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnnhb
Hi Ruth -

The Liberty of London Tana Lawn is a very fine, silky cotton and it doesn't wrinkle any more than a cotton shirt or dress would.

Thank you for writing in!
April 25, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi Hannah -

This is a great question! I don't see any reason the pattern couldn't be adapted for a man.

As a general sizing rule, a women's Large is a men's Small, and the Extra Large would be similar to a men's medium. The one change I would recommend is in the Belt measurements. The Belt is sewn onto the body of the Robe with a women's waistline in mind. This may need to be adjusted for a more masculine fit.

I hope this helps!
April 25, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi Annhb -

Thank you for writing in!

Your son's robe looks great! The Nani Iro brushed cottons would be excellent fabrics for this Robe too.

Here are the prints that we have available right now:


The Purl Soho Kid's Robe that inspired this project was lined with the Organic Cotton Sherpa, which is incredibly soft and lush. Unfortunately, it is also very heavy, too heavy to use on a full sized women's robe. So, we opted to leave this robe unlined. That said, it could be lovely lined with a lighter-weight flannel or terry. Instructions to line the robe are not included in the pattern, but if you would like to give it a try, I would be happy to help you with any questions you have about it here!

I hope this helps!
April 25, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
this is really beautiful. i would wear it all of the time.
April 28, 2014 | Unregistered Commentertruebias
This looks great. I'm so in love with linen I think I will get some for this project (and also push it to the top of my list of things to do) then I will wash it like mad and wear it for the rest of my life!
April 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine Keall
Is this pattern easy enough for a beginner sewer to try?
April 30, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterholly
Hello Holly -

This is a great question!

All of the sewing in this project is pretty straight forward and the pattern booklet is very thorough. There are a few challenging bits (for example, attaching the binding at the curve of the neck can get a bit tricky), but nothing that a little bit of patience can't solve!

And, of course, we are always here to help if you run into problems along the way!

May 1, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I just ordered my pattern and checked out the PDF. Very interesting construction and I just love the detailed instructions and the pictures. I struggle with traditional patterns and am tossing my botched attempt at another robe. I am hopeful for this attempt and excited to pick out some silky Liberty cotton!!!
May 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterWendy
Looks so nice! Since you asked for further suggestions: I'd love to see the Liberty fabric used to make some pretty elasticized/drawstring women's pajama bottoms.
May 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAllison

I have a question about the cutting guide. I'm making a medium robe, and the specified measurement for the belt is 6X74" (i.e. 7a, 7b). My fabric is only 44" wide, so I'm wondering why the belt pieces are oriented horizontally on the cutting guide? Am I missing something?

Thank you!

May 7, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterkate
What do you think about making this up in silk, any drawbacks?
May 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGenevieve
I am interested in making the women's robe, since I have been looking for a good cotton robe for quite some time with no luck. However, I am puzzled... The purchase option of PDF or hard copy makes me concerned about the pattern construction. Is it not a traditional tissue pattern? How could one download a PDF and piece together all the shapes needed? Thanks. Ann
May 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnn
Hello Kate -

Thank you for bringing this to our attention. The numbers on the chart are listed incorrectly. The Belt pieces should be cut to half of the length given (i.e. 6 by 35, 6 by 36, etc.) and are then pieced together later in the pattern to create one long strip for the Belt. So, if you are making the size Medium, you should cut them to 6 inches by 37 inches. At this shorter length, they should fit horizontally on your fabric without a problem.

We are in the process of updating the pdf now and the correction is listed on the errata page.

Thank you for writing in!
May 12, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hello Genevieve -

That's a great suggestion! I think that this Robe would look lovely in silk.

Thank you for writing in!
May 12, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hello Ann -

This is a great question! It is not a traditional tissue paper pattern. The Robe is constructed using simple cut rectangles. A Cutting Chart with a full list of dimensions is included as well as a Cutting Guide for proper layout on your fabric.

I hope this helps. Please let us know if you have any other questions!
May 12, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
When selecting a size, can I go by the size I would buy for myself in a retail clothing store?

Lovely pattern! I downloaded a copy to make the robe for myself.
May 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTaylor
I'm so excited to make this robe! I'm a beginner sewer so I hope I'll be able to manage the pattern. I chose the Charley Harper cardinal fabric and I can't wait to start. I would really like to line it in terry or fleece. Could you recommend a fleece that would be lightweight enough to use for lining? Would the Michelle Miller Organic Fleece be appropriate? Thanks!
May 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKMG
Hey there,

Isn't there the possibility to pay via PayPal? It's the only way I could possibly pay since I live in Germany and don't own a credit card.

Thanks in advance, you have a great blog!

Love, Mara
May 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMara
Hi Mara,

Sorry, at this time we are not set up to take paypal. We hope to add it in the future.


May 16, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterjen
Hello Taylor -

This is a great question! We use the Craft Yarn Council sizing standards when building our patterns. Here is a rough guide to how the sizes correspond to chest measurements:

XSmall - 28 to 30-inch bust
Small - 32 to 34-inch bust
Medium - 36 to 38-inch bust
Large - 40 to 42-inch bust
XLarge - 44 - 46-inch bust

I hope this helps!
May 19, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hello KMG -

Lining the Robe with fleece is a lovely idea! The Michael Miller Organic Fleece could be a great option. It is super cozy, but light weight enough that you won't get weighed down in a full size robe. It will add a bit of bulk to the garment though, so I would suggest going up a size from what your measurements call for.

Be sure to wash and dry the Fleece before you start as it can shrink up quite a bit.

I hope this helps! And, please let us know if you have any other questions as you work on the project!
May 19, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
What a stunning robe! It looks perfect for warmer weather, and I love the deep pockets.
May 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSally K.

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