Another Suki Robe - So shiny! (Helen's Closet sewing pattern)

My lace Suki Robe was a huge success - it's one of my most worn me-mades! What's more natural then than making another one?

Minn's Things Suki Robe Sewing pattern Helen's Closet Hacked Short Satin Fabric

The sewing pattern used for this project is the Suki Robe from Helen's Closet (with a few hacks).

My inspiration for this make was mainly the need for shorter cardigans. Originally I thought of making it actually cropped, but I wasn't sure if Suki works for that. The pattern does not come at this length - it has two lengths built in: knee and mid-thigh length. I measured myself from shoulders to the length I wanted and simply cut the pattern at this length. Based on the knee-length version I removed about 25cm length.

Minn's Things Suki Robe Sewing pattern Helen's Closet Hacked Short Satin Fabric

Minn's Things Suki Robe Sewing pattern Helen's Closet Hacked Short Satin Fabric Closet

I decided to go a size smaller to S with this make, as I imagined it would be better if not oversized. Good choice! As a pure design decision I made the front band right down to the hem (the original pattern has the front band stop at the waist, but includes instructions for customizations like this). Then I added 10cm to the sleeves length - the sleeves are drafted with straight lines, so I removed a few cm of width at the hem (drew a new line up to the shoulders) to achieve a slightly more conical sleeve shape.

Minn's Things Suki Robe Sewing pattern Helen's Closet Hacked Short Satin Fabric Back

Minn's Things Suki Robe Sewing pattern Helen's Closet Hacked Short Satin Fabric Detail Topstitching
Detail view: Sleeve bands (left) and front band (right). Topstitching is made with a regular, light grey thread. 

This version is made out of two different satin fabrics - one with a special weave pattern for the main pieces and sleeves and a plain black satin for the bands. The main fabric is the same I used for my Nita Wrap Skirt. Both fabrics have been in my stash for quite a while. If I remember correctly, I bought both at Textil Müller and both are made out of polyester.

Due to the characteristics of polyester, this robe always feels cool, but it is not good when sweating - which makes it suitable for cool summer days, as well as warmer spring and autumn days.

Minn's Things Suki Robe Sewing pattern Helen's Closet Hacked Short Satin Fabric Side

Minn's Things Suki Robe Sewing pattern Helen's Closet Hacked Short Satin Fabric Front


Will I ever make a Suki for homewear? Have you? 


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