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« Topic Start: February 23, 2010, 03:26:52 pm »

I need a ritual robe. I don't have a sewing machine right now, otherwise, yes, I would make my own. I want something simple, made of natural materials, that doesn't cost an arm and a leg.

Any suggestions?

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« Reply #1: February 23, 2010, 06:06:05 pm »

I need a ritual robe. I don't have a sewing machine right now, otherwise, yes, I would make my own. I want something simple, made of natural materials, that doesn't cost an arm and a leg.

If you're willing to hand-sew, there're a couple of easy options that just require straight seams (and maybe buttons or ribbons for closing) based on Greek chiton styles. If you pick your fabric and line it up right, you often only have to sew the sides. (For example, I'm 60" tall, so a 60" width piece of fabric bloused over a bit gives me plenty of room, and I can use the selvedge edges for the top and bottom. Just sew up the sides, which is pretty fast and not fancy stitching.)

Other than that - you might look around through the more SCA focused renaissance clothing folks. There's a number of simple medieval outfits that are slightly fancier than a t-tunic, but not very expensive.

I've never ordered from these folks, but they've got a wide range of items, their prices are very reasonable for what you're getting (given the cost of fabric these days!) and they're happy to do pure cotton as opposed to poly-cotton blend: http://www.garbtheworld.com
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« Reply #2: February 23, 2010, 11:00:11 pm »




I've never ordered from these folks, but they've got a wide range of items, their prices are very reasonable for what you're getting (given the cost of fabric these days!) and they're happy to do pure cotton as opposed to poly-cotton blend: http://www.garbtheworld.com

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« Reply #3: February 24, 2010, 02:00:33 am »

I need a ritual robe. I don't have a sewing machine right now, otherwise, yes, I would make my own. I want something simple, made of natural materials, that doesn't cost an arm and a leg.

Any suggestions?

Thanks All,

Mandy
I've been there before, without a sewing machine and painstakingly hand sewed one that I don't use. The material is relatively cheap, you can pick that up, take the measurements yourself,and maybe offer a small fee to someone that has a machine to stitch it up for you. (Of course this helps if you know someone that knows what it's for, and has made them before) Recommended materials are wool(Aries/Ram), or cotton, as wool gets too hot indoors. This is a good format to use as well....http://www.servantsofthelight.org/knowledge/makingrobes.html
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« Reply #4: February 24, 2010, 11:16:02 pm »

I've been there before, without a sewing machine and painstakingly hand sewed one that I don't use. The material is relatively cheap, you can pick that up, take the measurements yourself,and maybe offer a small fee to someone that has a machine to stitch it up for you. (Of course this helps if you know someone that knows what it's for, and has made them before) Recommended materials are wool(Aries/Ram), or cotton, as wool gets too hot indoors. This is a good format to use as well....http://www.servantsofthelight.org/knowledge/makingrobes.html
Best of luck

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« Reply #6: February 25, 2010, 08:00:17 am »

I need a ritual robe. I don't have a sewing machine right now, otherwise, yes, I would make my own. I want something simple, made of natural materials, that doesn't cost an arm and a leg.

Any suggestions?

Thanks All,

Mandy

Mandy,

This may sound a bit strange but you can make a robe using a cotton sheet. Twin size is shorter so they work better except if you are really tall.

The very simpliest way is to fold the sheet around you, tuck in one side under the arm and secure with a pin. It can be belted if you wish and you can bring one end up and over the shoulder (for warmth) and tuck it into the belt. A bit like a sari in fact, which I would suggest if one could easily find those that were cotton. Most are unfortunately polyester.

Another more formal way with a sheet if you don't mind a bit of handsewing is to fold in half, midway along the fold, cut out a neck slit (straight or curved). Either fold the edges over and hand-sew or fold ribbon over and under and sew. You can leave the ends as they are (a bit breezy outdoors) or you can bast up the sides leaving room for your wrists at either side. One can even sew the top of two bangle bracelets into the ends to slip your wrists into (instant cuffs). If one doesn't care for hand-sewing, there is also an option of using safety pins around the collar and up the sides.

One tends to accumulate different robes over the years and a number of mine started out as sheets. I also have a cotton mau-mau that I am particularly fond of in a deep crimson color. Too bad mau-mau's are not in fashion any longer.

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