Last spring I chucked my 20-year-old bathrobe, giving me no choice but to replace it come winter. Granted, I never took it to Mongolia, so it only got worn when I was home in the US. But still. For summer I made several light weight robes, but I knew I liked the style of my old RTW one.
When I saw reviews for Vogue 9232--on PR (all 3 of them), I knew I'd found my pattern. Interestingly enough, the pattern is actually for a caftan-type dress; but all 3 reviews were done up as a robe. Sham's review in particular had great tips.
On a trip to Colorado Fabrics in early summer I spotted a beeeuuutiful pink sweatshirt type fabric. The outside is more like a thick knit and inside is dreamy soft. And it's baby pink! Which is hard to tell in the pics as we in Colorado have had lots of rain and no sunshine. And OK, I'm no photographer. But seriously, this is like stepping into a pink cloud.
I made a small through the neck, shoulders and sleeves and a med on the sides. Next time, a small all over. My changes: I added 2 inches to the sleeve length and narrowed them by 4". I took 2" off of the length--I am 5'3". The pattern called for a dinky zip and the reviews put in separating zips, but I wanted just a long zip as I don't mind climbing in and I don't want the breezes where the separating zip ends. I used a 24" robe zip from Joann's. I also omitted the facing to eliminate bulk--nothing scratchy on inside anyway. Plus, my old one didn't have facings either.
Love the pockets! Love this robe.