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« Topic Start: August 21, 2008, 07:31:13 pm »

Greetings  Kiss

Was wondering (and searching on the internet, to no real avail) - what comfortable clothing does one wear under a robe?

I'm asking because I own a gorgeous white one and I don't exactly have anything proper to wear under it (pants, or shirt) to continue with it's fantasticness!

Thoughts? Or ael's, even patterns to make your own?
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« Reply #1: August 21, 2008, 07:41:45 pm »

Was wondering (and searching on the internet, to no real avail) - what comfortable clothing does one wear under a robe?

Having never been required to wear a robe, my opinion can safely be considered tongue-in-cheek.

Disclaimer out of the way, I always thought the whole point of a robe was that you really DIDN'T wear anything under it, unless you're uncomfortable about going robe-commando or the material is really thin and your group frowns on "almost skyclad" as a dress choice.
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« Reply #2: August 21, 2008, 07:56:55 pm »

Having never been required to wear a robe, my opinion can safely be considered tongue-in-cheek.

Disclaimer out of the way, I always thought the whole point of a robe was that you really DIDN'T wear anything under it, unless you're uncomfortable about going robe-commando or the material is really thin and your group frowns on "almost skyclad" as a dress choice.

Agreed.  To me the point of a robe is that you are wearing the robe, and maybe some undies too Wink  It makes me think of something from Latin class ... "What are hiding under your toga?" lol

Although perhaps your concern is because yours is white, and thus, at least partially see-thru?  In which case I'd recommend long undies/thermal clothes, except in hot weather where a t-shirt and white boxers should do the job.
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« Reply #3: August 21, 2008, 08:01:23 pm »


back in my Wiccish days when I wore a robe, I wore a robe. Period. Nothing else. That was kinda the point. :-)
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« Reply #4: August 21, 2008, 11:03:14 pm »

Greetings  Kiss

Was wondering (and searching on the internet, to no real avail) - what comfortable clothing does one wear under a robe?

I'm asking because I own a gorgeous white one and I don't exactly have anything proper to wear under it (pants, or shirt) to continue with it's fantasticness!

Thoughts? Or ael's, even patterns to make your own?

Depends on the robe, honestly. Underwear is my preferred option - though with one of my preferred robe styles, a bra would show, and I generally don't wear one. I wouldn't wear a shirt or skirt or pants underneath, unless I either needed the warmth, or unless I were in a situation where I was slipping on a robe over my street clothes (not common, but sometimes relevant for outdoor rituals.)

Style options - try a search on t-tunic online: this is a basic pattern for a simple robe that can be adapted in a number of ways. It's not the most elegant piece of clothing in its basic form, but you can do wonderful things with color and trim choices. They're also possible to hand sew if you have to, and don't require any sewing experience beyond sewing a straight line and the occaisional simple curve. (In other words, there's no tucking, gathering, or anything else complicated.)

The one note: when you cut the hole for your head? Cut it *way* smaller than you think you need. No, even smaller than that. It's much easier to enlarge the head than to make it smaller.

My most common option these days when it's a robe (not a skirt and top) is a basic Greek-style chiton. There's a number of options for this: I do the one with ribbon or buttons at intervals along the top (along the line from your neck across the top of your shoulder, down your arm.) These involve taking a piece of fabric twice as wide as your spread arms, and as long as from your chin to the floor (you'll lose some length in hemming and belting it). Sew up the sides to form a tube, leaving (and if needed, cutting) just enough for an arm hole on each side. (Traditionally, these were held by pins or your belt: I am not quite that brave) Attach ribbon ties or buttons or whatever other fastening, at about 4-6 inch intervals down the arms, leaving enough space for your head.

This is rather more flattering on larger women (of whom I am one) than you'd think, especially in a drapy fabric. (one of mine is linen, the other is a black cotton gauze.) I particularly like the glimpse of skin down the top of the arms, without it being horribly revealing in other ways. (I do suggest looking at the armholes with the arms in various positions - up, at your sides, outstretched, etc. If they're too big, it's possible to flash people in ways you didn't mean to.

This length makes it easy to sit on the ground, too - there's fabric to sit on, etc. Men may prefer a shorter version of either robe, but the length is something to figure out thoughtfully in each case (or add something like wrap pants.)
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« Reply #5: August 21, 2008, 11:12:20 pm »

Greetings  Kiss

Was wondering (and searching on the internet, to no real avail) - what comfortable clothing does one wear under a robe?

I'm asking because I own a gorgeous white one and I don't exactly have anything proper to wear under it (pants, or shirt) to continue with it's fantasticness!

Thoughts? Or ael's, even patterns to make your own?

I made a beautiful, if very simple, white linen robe last summer from this pattern http://www.folkwear.com/104.html
i generally don't wear anything under it, I sometimes wear things over it, or accesorize it in other ways, but it's big enough to allow for putting layers under it in cold weather outdoor workings. It's simple enough to dress up as needed.
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« Reply #6: August 21, 2008, 11:33:22 pm »

Greetings  Kiss
Was wondering (and searching on the internet, to no real avail) - what comfortable clothing does one wear under a robe?
I'm asking because I own a gorgeous white one and I don't exactly have anything proper to wear under it (pants, or shirt) to continue with it's fantasticness!
Thoughts? Or ael's, even patterns to make your own?

I'm going to go the opposite way than the others have said so far, mainly because I live where the winters can be pretty cold. Although I don't have much occasion to wear a robe anymore, I would use one for warmth 'round the fire pit. I would wear it over my regular "doing ritual duds".
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« Reply #7: August 21, 2008, 11:35:20 pm »

I would wear it over my regular "doing ritual duds".

lol...picturing you in your magical farm gal overalls....
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« Reply #8: August 21, 2008, 11:47:20 pm »

lol...picturing you in your magical farm gal overalls....

Yep, darn hard ta fit ma straw hat under that there hood too.  Cheesy
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« Reply #9: August 26, 2008, 12:09:01 pm »

I made a beautiful, if very simple, white linen robe last summer from this pattern http://www.folkwear.com/104.html
i generally don't wear anything under it, I sometimes wear things over it, or accesorize it in other ways, but it's big enough to allow for putting layers under it in cold weather outdoor workings. It's simple enough to dress up as needed.

Thanks a fantastic place Rose, thank you.

As to the "why clothing?" questions: it's because I don't get the chance to use this very often. So, with Halloween coming up and other things, I would like to use it for SOMETHING and not just let him sit in my closet as wasted cloth.

It's a fantastic robe really. PJ from Spiral Rhythm actually made it and I obtained it from her from PSG (Pagan Spirit Gathering) 2007. My gods was that a beautiful and fantastic week away from the world...place out in the middle of a reservation that Circle Sanctuary owns out in Ohio, over 700 acres with 100 being allowed for those participating...anyways..... Cry
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« Reply #10: August 26, 2008, 11:02:48 pm »

Thanks a fantastic place Rose, thank you.

I love that company. Here's my next project, for my Daughters of Kali initiation. I'm making it in black silk/cotton with red/pink satin trim Smiley
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You sound like a gal who would really like Witch Camp...
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« Reply #11: August 26, 2008, 11:07:21 pm »


You sound like a gal who would really like Witch Camp...


*Psssttt....Neri's a he.*   WinkGrin
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« Reply #12: August 26, 2008, 11:16:54 pm »

*Psssttt....Neri's a he.*   WinkGrin

whoops! Er, I mean, you sound like a *person who would enjoy you some witchcamp Grin
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  The power of Air,
  for the ability and wisdom to know the difference.

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  for the strength to continue my path.

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« Reply #13: August 27, 2008, 02:20:01 am »

whoops! Er, I mean, you sound like a *person who would enjoy you some witchcamp Grin

I think that was actually mentioned elsewhere.  His name is very misleading. That's why, unless I don't like the person, I usually say person, or he/she...  If I don't like them, then they are automatically and irrevocably classified as an it.

Except here.  I'll behave myself here.  Well, as far as insulting people goes...  There is at least one person here who gets that in my mind though...   Wink
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« Reply #14: August 27, 2008, 07:00:00 am »

whoops! Er, I mean, you sound like a *person who would enjoy you some witchcamp Grin

 Shocked

Well,  I can pull off a green dress quiet well!

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