Tuesday, October 23, 2012

wizarding robe tutorial

My boys would like to be one of everything for Halloween. They have a few parties to go to and the school Halloween parade and then the big night. However, I'm only making them one costume, so any other ideas they'll need to create on their own or borrow from friends. 

This year, after going back and forth what felt like a million times, Mr. P. decided to be Harry Potter (he's fully immersed in that world - reading the 4th book in the series now and I have to say, I can't wait til read aloud time at the end of each day. I think I may be more into it at this point?) Doodle decided on Draco Malfoy in order to compliment his brother's costume. 

Here's a very easy wizarding robe that you can customize depending on which "house" your Harry Potter character resides. 

2 yards of black fabric (I used a fake sateen)
sewing machine
matching thread
contrasting double sided bias tape
measuring tape

1. Measure your child with their arms out to the side from one wrist to the other. Then measure them from their neck to their ankle or wherever you'd like the robe to fall. 

2.Using these measurements, cut your material into a rectangle (depending on the size of your child, it might look more like a square as Mr. P. is almost as long as he is tall). 

3.  Fold your material in half (the fold line is at the top)

4. Using chalk and starting in the lower corner, sketch out a robe pattern so you have sort of the bottom of a triangle and then right angles that go out to the side where the arms will be (your chalk line will look like the number "7" on one side and a backwards "7" on the other side. 

5. Cut out the design. I cut out one side normally as seen below....

and then folded the half cut robe back onto itself to ensure an even cut on the other side. 

here we are all cut out  nicely. 

6. Using your sewing machine, hem the sleeves. You can fold and then iron the sleeves twice before sewing or you can be lazy like me and fold inward once, refuse to iron and then sew. 

7. Once the sleeves are done you're going to want to cut the front part of the robe. See the photo below. Start at the bottom of the robe and cut up the center til you reach the top. CUT ONLY THE FRONT LAYER OF THE ROBE! 

8. Get your bias tape (I did one robe for Mr. P in red since he is Harry and one robe for Doodle in green for Malfoy) and sew along each opening you just cut. 

9. The last thing to do is to hem the bottom of the robe. Again, you can either fold inward twice and iron then sew, or just fold inward once and sew (the lazy version). 

If you want to enhance the costume, check out my wizarding wand tutorial! These scarves were on sale at Barnes and Nobles. And these lensless glasses were donated to our dress up area by my father. 


  1. Go Harry! Go Draco! Go Dad's glasses!

  2. Super cute and well done! I think Doodle looks like your mom in that pic!

  3. They look like excellent HP's! Nice work!

  4. Oh my gosh, how cute are those! You did a fabulous job! Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

  5. They turned out great!!

    Thanks for sharing @'Sew Cute Tuesday'.
    I'll be featuring you tomorrow, so be
    sure to stop by and grab a 'featured' button!


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