Let's Make a Simple Ritual Robe


Make a Simple Ceremonial Robe. This pattern can be made out of any material, will fit anybody, and requires almost no sewing skill at all. Directions: Fold the fabric in half so that the folded fabric is as long as you wish your robe to be. Cut a half circle in the middle of the fold through both layers. This will become the head hole. Make the hole about the size of your head taking care not to make it too big. Cut a short slit along the front of the hole (about four inches) on one side only. Measure all the way around the largest part of your body. Take two thirds of this measurement and this will tell you how wide to cut it at the arm pits the top of the T). An example if your bust is 30 inches then the space between the arm pits should measure 20 inches. The arm holes should be very loose, so cut the arm pits out a generous way down from the top ( or else putting it on may be difficult and off.) Now cut out the side triangles through both layers. After done simply sew up the sides(marked in red) and turn the whole thing inside out. You have completed your robe. If you want to finish the edges all you need to do is turn the edges under and sew them down. The most convenient material to do this with is a sheet or other wide material, but if your material is not wide enough, simply cut half of it on one piece folded. The other half on another piece folded and sew it up the middle.


You need to have a basic knowledge of fabrics, or know someone who does to help you, and decide how you intend to use your robe. Most of us DO tend to hang around candles a great deal. We wouldn't want to be wearing big droopy sleeves that are combustible right? You wouldn't want to be in the middle of a ritual and ACTUALLY go up in a puff of smoke. Keep in mind some fabrics don't burn.. they MELT (many types of polyester are plastic). Most traditionalists prefer natural materials (this means cotton. cotton blend, silk, even wool for those 'cold' evenings of winter). However, if you have a little blend of polyesteror percale in your cotton this cuts down on ironing. Silk is generally hard to care for, requiring either dry cleaning or hand washing. When you shop for fabric, take note on how much the cloth "ravels" on the bolt. All fabrics tend to fray a little bit, but there some that almost disintegrate into a big nasty ball of fuzz at the edges. Run your hand across the fabric to see if you can seam it without its becoming unraveled. If you are working with silk or satin, there is a product called "fray check" which is much like glue you put on the seams AFTER you sew it to prevent further unraveling. You can also zigzag the seam selvages after sewing to prevent this. Sewing with a Serger is helpful as well. If you are a novice at sewing I strongly suggest that you stick with cotton, cotten blends, or percale. Do not attempt to use a stretch material like knit used in making tee-shirts or swim wear. These types of material need special handling.
Decorating The fun part comes after you get the basic robe done - it's the decorating. If you have a special talent for embroidery, cross stitching, applique, you can design a special symbol that is meaningful for you. Perhaps a totem animal, emblem, runes, oghams, or Celtic knot work will be your choice. If you visit the fabric store, you will find that they have pre-decorated ribbons that can be used in wide and narrow ribbons. Your options are endless.