The title says it all; I made a Harry Potter robe.
We went to Harry Potter Studios in London for my birthday a couple of weeks ago, and some of us decided that we needed to go in Harry Potter robes. My Mum made one for her and a family friend, and I made one for me and my best friend. I opted for a red hood lining, while she went for Hufflepuff gold.
This robe is probably the biggest thing I’ve made so far, and combined with the slippery velvet fabric made it the hardest project. There’s a lot of fabric, and it’s so slippy which means you have to constantly be holding it tight to make sure bits don’t run off. It was also a pain to unpick things because the stitches just disappear into the fabric.
That being said, it was so rewarding to finish it and to roll up to Harry Potter studios and wear our robes. Despite the sheer amount of fabric, it’s really light so it keeps you cool. I’ve taken to wearing it when reading books – it’s my book robe. Everyone needs a book robe.
My favourite part is, without a doubt, the hood. I just love the red velvet hood, lining. Plus, there’s some hand stitching involved there and I’m really proud of how it turned out.
While it might be finished, there are a couple of amends I want to make to it. The first is to add some pockets, so that I can stick snacks in it. Obviously. You always need snacks when reading.
The second is to sort the sleeves out. At the moment, it has huge, pointed wizard sleeves. While they look cool, they are exactly the right length to get caught on lots of things. Namely, the door handles in the kitchen.
When I first made it, I ended up throwing a boiling hot mug of tea down myself because my sleeves got caught on the handle as I went to leave the kitchen. It hurt. So I want to remove the points and make it just circular. It will look slightly less cooler, but I won’t be at risk of burning myself.
In case you’re wondering, I used the Simplicity 1582 pattern. It was fairly easy to follow, but I did struggle with figuring out how to do the sleeves. I can’t really blame the pattern for that – I’m a visual person so I often find diagrams to be lacking. I much prefer videos, where I can see the big picture and then see how things work.
Would you wear a book robe?