Our Middle-School program needed a Jesus robe, so we whipped this one up in about 20 minutes. My friend Caroline is married to Keenan, the director of that program (also the actor who played Tyler at our Niwot campus for several years).
Caroline picked out a couple of yards of white, double-knit fabric that has some GREAT rough selvage edges. (The “selvage” is the factory-produced edge of the fabric which usually doesn’t ravel. ) The fabric also had a metallic thread running through it which we thought would do well under theatrical lights.
I wouldn’t try this technique with any type of fabric that wasn’t heavy and very stretchy. Fleece would work. Terry cloth. But keep in mind, sleeve inserts were invented for a reason, lol. This fabric was perfect for this approach though, and we were going for a rough, hand-sewn “biblical” construction look, and we saved a TON of time doing it this way.
If you need a pattern, I suggest “see & sew B4326” which I picked up at my local Wally World discount store.
The instructions above are for how we made this hooded robe WITHOUT a pattern, but having recently made several of these hooded pullovers from this pattern – I had recently honed my mad skills at hood-making (lol).
With the right fabric, this approach would work for producing massive numbers of angel or hooded shepherd robes for a kids choir for instance. The sewing is so easy, you could fly through these in no time.
If they are too long, cut a belt out of left-over fabric. Tie it around the waist and blouse the fabric over the belt until the hem rises far enough off the floor.