Fabric Suggestions??

Hey there.  Just a quick post today to ask you guys for some suggestions of fabric.

Before I get ahead of myself here’s the backstory:

My mom has always wanted a beautiful chenille bathrobe – but she is very picky.  Over the summer she purchased a lovely french blue & white, vintage chenille bedspread.  Now she’s a great seamstress too… but she has somehow commissioned me to turn the fabric into her bathrobe.  It’s becoming her Christmas present so it’s a win-win.

My labor and time are precious to me – but I’m happy to make her something she’s always dreamed of & can’t find in the store.

This is the pattern she settled on:

Advance bathrobe

We’re I’m modifying a few aspects of it in order to turn it into the bathrobe of her dreams.

This is where I get to the crux – With all of this bathrobe scheming for my mom, I went and bought the very same bathrobe pattern for my very own!  I couldn’t help it.  heh

I’m intending on making a bathrobe for myself during the same time I’m making my mom’s bathrobe.  I figured why not?!  Plus it will keep me motivated to finish.

But…. I have no fabric for it.  I’m planning on making the full-length version and will also be lengthening the sleeves.  As far as fabric goes I’m really open to any suggestions you have.

I just want something feminine but also warm for the winter.  And I also don’t really feel like adding a lining to it.  But that’s the only criteria I have.  (Just NO fleece please!!!)


Thoughts anyone??  I’m pretty open to suggestions & could use some help on this one.  Just don’t know where to start.

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Comments (25)

  1. Staci December 3, 2015 — 9:53 AM

    How about a heavy silk shangtung/duponi? Nice structure while still giving drape and depth and perfect for the winter. Silk is warm in winter and cool in summer :) Mood has some beautiful pieces.

    1. Liz December 3, 2015 — 9:54 AM

      Thanks for the suggestion Staci, I’ll take a look over on Mood. :D

  2. Tasha December 3, 2015 — 10:34 AM

    What a neat idea! I’m wondering if a flannel-backed satin would be nice enough? I know I’ve heard about it for linings but not actually used it yet, and I’m sure there are a variety in the quality. But seems like you’d get the lovely look of a fancy robe on the outside but a bit of warmth on the inside.

    Looking forward to seeing what you come up with… I admit, I’m a cheesy fleece robe wearer all the way (but I obviously wouldn’t go to all that effort to sew with it for a lovely vintage pattern like that). ;P

    1. Liz December 3, 2015 — 10:53 AM

      Thanks Tasha & Sharon – I just was poking around for flannel backed satin – and well… it left a bit to be desired. It a bit blah looking since there’s not a lot of fun, pretty colors to be had in it.

      Maybe I need to just suck it up and have a flannel lining of some sort with the fancy outer layer of something. :|

      Have you seen any lovely floral quilted fabrics lately??

  3. sharon December 3, 2015 — 10:35 AM

    Flannel backed satin

  4. What about a pre-quilted fabric. You get the reversibility and a bit of extra warmth from the batting.

    1. Liz December 3, 2015 — 2:10 PM

      I was thinking about that – have you seen any good pre-quilted fabric anywhere recently Erin?

  5. Jenn December 3, 2015 — 12:38 PM

    I have no fabric suggestions (though I, myself, would probably go for a chenille), but I want to say that is a gorgeous bathrobe! I can’t wait to see your versions!

  6. Lisa December 3, 2015 — 1:45 PM

    I made a very similar pattern for my sister and underlined a very soft polyester satin with flannel so it was all washable. By underlining it, the full skirted flannel doesn’t get stuck to her legs and provides warmth. I was surprised how quick it went together too!

    1. Liz December 3, 2015 — 2:09 PM

      Thanks Lisa! I like the idea of underlining instead of lining for that very reason- static. Winters here in Chicago are very dry and it would be a static nightmare. heh

  7. Betsy December 3, 2015 — 1:51 PM

    French Terry

    1. Liz December 3, 2015 — 2:09 PM

      Oooh French Terry is a lovely fabric suggestion Betsy, thanks.

  8. Lindsey December 3, 2015 — 2:27 PM

    So fun!!! I really hope you post pictures of you and your mom wearing them!!! I would suggest a sweatshirt fabric? Not sure if that’s too much like fleece though. Girl Charlee had some fun ones last time I looked.

  9. Laura December 3, 2015 — 2:40 PM

    What about a boiled wool ?

    1. Liz December 3, 2015 — 2:51 PM

      The only boiled wools I’ve seen Laura are usually pretty thick. Do you know if there are ones that are lighter weight and drapey?

  10. Evie December 3, 2015 — 5:22 PM

    That pattern is gorgeous! As far as fabric goes, I think everyone’s hit my suggestions already: pre-quilted fabric, french terry, flannel backed satin… I’m actually getting ready to make a floor length housecoat for myself, and while I definitely feel you not wanting to mess with a lining, I wound up with a really lovely rayon suiting fashion fabric and a wonderful herringbone flannel to line it with. It’s extra work, but I’ve got something I’m happy with, which I don’t think I could have found if I’d skipped a lining.

    1. Liz December 4, 2015 — 9:52 AM

      Thanks so much Evie. I’ve appreciated everyone’s thoughts & fabric suggestions for my bathrobe.

  11. Bonnie December 3, 2015 — 6:25 PM

    Knowing how hard you work, the great care you give your garments, and how brutally cold midwest winter nights can be, I suggest that you consider investing in a really good quality cashmere. Why? Because the exquisite pattern you chose is timeless so will be wonderfully comforting your whole life long. Also, a characteristic of high-quality cashmere. is that it is cuddly warm if even if unlined. Nevertheless, I recommend that you line both your robe and your mother’s: yours for added elegance under the cashmere, and your mother’s because the inside of her chenille bedspread fabric is likely to be somewhat uncomfortable (french terry lining would be a lovely complement to the chenile :) Just sayin’ – Whatever you decide, BOTH robes.will be treasures for years to come.

    1. Liz December 4, 2015 — 9:51 AM

      OMG Cashmere would be heavenly – I’m just not sure I want to splurge quite that much, but I love your rationale.

      I have to underline my mom’s chenille in something. I just don’t trust the vintage chenille not to rip with wear since it’s so old. But my mom being my mom – she’s in that time of her life where she does overheat easily so I want to keep her bathrobe warm yet breathable. So she won’t be getting any flannels or wools in hers. I do like your idea of french terry if I can find a light weight one.

      I’ll be hunting around my local fabric store for my mom’s lining/underlining since I have to color match hers on site.

  12. Jolien December 4, 2015 — 3:16 AM

    That could be very pretty, love the pattern! :) I actually saw a male bathrobe which was flanel and a soft fabric (perhaps chenile?) which accentuated the shawl collar it had. I liked that combination of fabric. My husband always jokes he wants one, so I’ve been looking for fabric, but never seem to find something good… So he waits. Plus, I doubt he’d really wear it… :>

    Looking forward to see your versions! :)

    1. Liz December 4, 2015 — 9:40 AM

      Thanks Jolien. I just keep waiting to see that one magical fabric that shouts “make me into your bathrobe” but I haven’t really come across it yet. :| I’m not sure why I’m finding purchasing bathrobe fabric challenging – I generally never have a problem finding fabrics I love.

    1. Liz December 4, 2015 — 9:39 AM

      I’ve been drooling over those Nani Iro quilted prints but yikes – so expensive. I’m not sure I want to splurge quite that much on my bathrobe.

      1. Katherine December 9, 2015 — 7:52 AM

        i get you – i got enough to make a little jacket-y thing, but i’m sweating just thinking about cutting into it…

  13. Liz December 4, 2015 — 9:54 AM

    First of all thank you & keep the suggestions coming.

    I went and ordered a few swatches yesterday after going through your comments.

    I ordered this scuba-knit swatch from Emma One Sock.

    I ordered this rayon-silk velvet and this floral quilted fabric from Mood, on a whim.

    But honestly, I may just take a quick trip to my local fabric store to check out what they have readily available. Sometimes I just like seeing all of my options in person and then making a decision.

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