Post by Anukh Bastis on Apr 3, 2007 22:46:03 GMT -5
Well, if anyone new was wondering how many yards was required to make a robe for a 5'2" person, using the 'no shoulder seams' method - it's 9 yards approx. More like 8.5 yds. except the place where I bought the fabric doesn't do 1/2 yds. so I had to go the next up. I bought 7 originally but then I wanted a hood like Anakin's from Ep. III, (draping down to the shoulders) so the hood alone ended up being almost 2 yds. of fabric. Plus, I want at least 4" wide hems to add weight and drape. Oh well, I figured since I'm using up all this fabric, I might as well make it super-sized, so the 'skirts' are cut wide for fullness. I noticed that Anakin's Ep. III robe had a gorgeous drape to it in the promo shots, and divined that the width was cut generously to get it to look like that. My sleeves resemble Adi Gallia's or Mace Windu's. You'll see the robe before you see anything else...I guess that's the point, to look as formidable as possible.
Man, I love robes...pity they're not everyday wear.
I would have to agree with the robe being the favorite part of the costume. Have you added, or thought about adding a pleat to the back of your robe? You would be amazed at what that will do for your overall drape and hang. Mystik Merchant uses pleats and their robes hang a lot like Anakin's and Kenobi's Ep III robes do. If you haven't made any initial cuts yet I can send you some great pictures of some robes that had a lot of flare in the cut just PM me and let me know if you are interested.
Be careful of your sleeves as I am sure you probably know already since they hang so low it can making moving around pretty difficult.
Post by Anukh Bastis on Apr 4, 2007 14:19:19 GMT -5
I included the back pleat. ;D
The sleeves aren't that bad. They hang 5-6 inches away from the floor with the arms completely down. I noticed that in a promo pic of Adi Gallia, it looked like her sleeves dragged on the floor. But a side profile photo revealed that it was just the fact that her sleeves drape so well with the rest of the robe that you can't see the difference unless she turns sideways with her hands on her hips.
It was also tempting to let the sleeves fall past my fingertips, but that would be too annoying. I opted for the last knuckle instead.
Post by Kryy Jacobi on Apr 4, 2007 17:33:15 GMT -5
That was a good idea -- in spite of the sleeves being very very long, I do like to see a bit of the hands peeking out.
I made my robe out of 8 yards -- that's all there was on the bolt, and I'm 5' 9". I self-lined the hood and had to do that "pieced", so there is a (discreet) edge seam on the hood and the lining is made of a right and left piece but you really can't tell even with the hood down. It would have been better to have had 9 yards to fold over the front of the hood to self-line, but if needed a robe can be made with less.
If one has a choice, go with 9 yards (or more, if taller).
I made my robe first too and was HOOKED on this costuming stuff! Still working on the tunic but "Darth Real Life" keeps sending me on other missions ....
Blurry picture -- this is from the "Jedi Beginnings" thread. I've "fiddled" with the neck facing a bit more since then.
Post by Anukh Bastis on Apr 8, 2007 1:10:18 GMT -5
I like the look of your self-lined hood, Kryy. I'm afraid that my lining would resemble a patchwork quilt though. Not quite sure if I've remnant pieces that big, even if I put a seam down the middle. I think I remember seeing some floppy hoods (Adi's for example). Worst-cast scenario is that I put some interfacing into the hem at the front of the hood to give it a little shape when it's up.
Post by Nova Darklighter on May 8, 2008 6:05:31 GMT -5
I usually buy 10 yards, and have a little left over, I usually find a use for the extra, but I'm always sewing, actually, with the robe fabric, I usually just buy the bolt, because I get a lot of commissions for robes, and I get better prices on the bolt yds. Have to go buy more today.
Post by Jan-Qui Coran on Jun 5, 2009 15:25:10 GMT -5
Greetings Masters, What is meant by a circle cloak/robe? What pattern would that be?
I have a pattern which I've used & made in the past & I need a refresher course in how much material I need to get. I could get 7 yards but that seems to me not to be quite enough what with the oversize hood & width of the sleeves. The material is 60 inch width. I'm 5 ft 2 in.
I haven't had to make any new robes for a few years---just a bit out of practice. I found classic knit putting soil Ponte (very nice shade of chocolate brown)
I want to make a mid weight robe that doesn't wrinkle & is machine washable. I have my light cotton but it needs to be ironed after everytime I pack it.
Post by Ani-Chay Pinn on Jun 6, 2009 17:59:39 GMT -5
circle cloak/robe - like Kai said, no sleeves and the basic pattern is a circle. Anakin did have a sleeveless robe in AOTC, but it really did not look like a circle to me. There were two straight front panels and it was not as full and did not go all the way around like a circle would though it did flare out a bit on the sides.
I would go with 8 yards of fabric of 60 in width just to be sure. I use 8 yards of that width fabric and I'm 5' 3". If you have extra, you can always make a matching bag.
I would strongly advise staying away from fabric that has ANY stretch to it for a robe. Over time knit fabrics for such a large garment like a robe tends to look baggy because it stretches from its own weight. If the fabric has only a little stretch you could prevent this a bit by storing it folded, not hanging it up.
Post by Jan-Qui Coran on Jul 2, 2009 13:57:37 GMT -5
Thank you. I've got a dressier fabric which I'm going to make a dressier robe out of but what would be the minimum for the hood I could get away with, since I'm not concerned for it be canon or formal or even official---more just for fun but look nice with my "party" costumes I have brown sparkle & cream satin---eventually I'll post the pics of them but still a few tweaks needed to be done. Now I'm wearing those as per my family requests for birthdays, etc. I know the official robes should have 45 inches in the hood by something else.