Monday, September 26, 2016

Monk Robe Pattern with Hooded Cowl

This robe was a quick project we came up with after finding some great knitted fabric on clearance.  We thought we'd do something different for first weekend of the Texas Renaissance Festival this year.  So, we're hosting a Monty Python Invasion.  (I'm amazed how the interest in our event took off!  Already have 80+ people listed as going and many more interested! ) Should be a blast.  You can join our event here:

If anyone is interested in making these quick and easy robes, here is the pattern layout I used:

The robes took a total of 105" of 60-inch wide fabric.  I set it up so that we could take advantage of the unique ratty looking selvage edges to avoid having to hem.  If you're unsure how it goes together, feel free to ask questions in the comments.

Also working on a prototype for our fake wooden planks.  They're made of layers of corrugated cardboard.  Still need to be painted, but I made them open up to a silly walk sign inside.

We also put together some reversible silly walk signs made with knights that we will have posted around camp.  I designed the sign in Adobe Illustrator before printing on cardstock and affixing them to paintsticks with staples and spray adhesive. (If you'd like the digital files to print your own, just message me.)

Still hoping to get some knight's surcoats made, too.  Wish me luck and time!  :)


Machelle Thompson said...

We used your pattern for Hunchback of Notre Dame Leon Performing arts because it used the fabric the most wisely. Thank you!!!!!!
Here is our trailer.

mieljolie said...

Machelle, so happy you shared your experience with the pattern! Your robes look great! Whole show looks amazing! Awesome job!

Pamela Gle said...

Would so love some basic instructions �� I’m a bit of a sewing novice and am a wee bit lost!

mieljolie said...

Hi, Pamela. Best I can describe it is to cut out the pieces and sew in this order (right sides together):

1. The two back pieces together down the middle.
2. The front and back together at the shoulder only.
3. The arm on at the shoulder across the shoulder seam.
4. The underarm gussets and pockets on to the side of of the fronts and backs as shown by the pic on the top right of the pattern.
5. Line the sides up and pin in place. Sew down the sleeve all the way around the gusset and pocket and down the rest of the side to the end. Do the same for the other side.
6. Turn right side out and that is it!


1. Sew the hood together down the curved side stopping at the corner and leaving the straight sides open.
2. Sew the straight side with the seam to the hole in the shoulder portion.
3. Turn right side out and done!

Hope this helps. Sorry I don't have any illustrated instructions. :( If you have questions, I'm happy to answer them.

Pamela Gle said...

Thank you soooo much!! I really appreciate you taking the time to explain 😀😀

Anita C said...

Good Morning! I'm so happy to find your pattern for the Monks Robes. I will be making the robes for our upcoming production of Spamalot. Can you advise as to what is the best material to use? Machelle, what material did you use? Could they be laundered? I loved how they flowed, but yet kept their shape too!
Thank you in advance for any help you can send my way.
Anita Claud

mieljolie said...

Hello, Anita. I imagine originally monk robes would have been made from scraps of wool or linen fabrics, which would be too costly now. We found a rather thick knobbly cotton knit (don't know what to call it) in a clearance at a fabric warehouse. Also, consider the climate wear you are performing. A thin fleece or medium weight faux linen could work. I hope you find something suitable.


Anita C said...

Hi, I"m in the process of sewing the robes and have a few questions...
1) at the shoulder big of a seam is it?
2) How much of a seam allowance did you allow once you started sewing?
3) You pin the sleeves, gussets, and pockets to the front and back?
4) Are these initially pullover robes? I'm needing to modify for a hard change that will enable the actor to use more like a snuggly with velcro on the back.

I'm sorry, but I'm a very visual person, lol! Any additional help would be awesome! Thank you.

mieljolie said...

No problem. Happy to answer where I can. :)

1 & 2. I used 3/4" seam allowance. But, it will mostly depend on what type of fabric you use and how much it unravels. This pattern doesn't really require great accuracy or precision. :)

3. Sorry, I was unclear in my previous instructions. You will sew the gusset triangles to both sided of each sleeve before sewing the sleeves to the body. I forgot that part. But, the pocket gets sewn to the body just under or up to a couple inches below the sleeve gusset. You will go around the pocket when sewing the front to the back on the side seams

4. Yes, I made pullovers, but there should be plenty of room for most in this over-sized garment to be able to leave it open and velcro.

Hope you get it figured out without too much trouble.

Anita C said...

That really helps me a lot. It confirmed what I was thinking as I was trying to piece it all together. And also a very good reminder how forgiving the pattern is.

Thank you so much!!

mieljolie said...

You're very welcome. If there are other questions, I will try to answer them.

Hope the production is a huge success!

Unknown said...

Could I please get the monk robe pattern please