Naturally Dyed Robe and Bias Slip

Over the summer I did quite a bit of dyeing using indigo, avocados as well as some floral bundles. That part was easy but figuring out what I want to make with those is always harder. The color was so subtle on both, and not in my usual color palette. The softer colors seemed perfect for loungewear especially while I’m at home all the time. Perfect simple basics that can mix and match with my other pieces.

I went with this kimono style robe from Tom and Linda Platt circa 2000 with it’s boxy sleeve and easy construction. I wanted something simple that would show off the subtle floral print which I admit is very hard to show in pictures. The attached band at center front is doubled so it stands out a bit more in contrast to the airy body. I used Linda Lee’s mitering technique’s (check out her great little booklet) to finish the hems and cut the cuffs with the selvedge at the cuff edge to keep finishing even simpler.

The bias cut slip is a very easy make finished with bias straps and edging. I love that this slip can be worn under other makes or by itself. Lisa wrote a post on making slips back in May that really inspired me. She used such pretty brights to make layering slips. I’ll definitely be making a few more in different colors to mix and match. The next one will be slightly shorter but I went as is with this first version to test the fit.

All the Details:

You can read my post on dyeing these fabrics here.



View B Size 14 Vogue 2500

View C Size 12 Butterick 5920

I love the airiness of this robe. I feel very luxurious lounging in this set. Perfect for Sunday mornings reading the NYT and magazines while drinking coffee on my patio.

October has been rushing by in such a blur. I’ve been so busy with work and the kids that this set has come in handy to help me chill out and relax when I can. My son turned 12 at the beginning of the month and my bro turned 40! This weekend we’re having a virtual Octoberfest that I’m really looking forward to. And then my fav holiday- Halloween- will end out the month with a bang! My kiddos are both dressing up as Anime characters (Naruto and Saiki Kusuo) and I’m going to pull something out of our costume bin for myself. It’s kinda a relief to not be making everything myself this year. We’re planning on staying in and having a little party with snacks and scary movies.

Back soon with more makes! Right now I’m finishing up a self drafted dress shirt with a bias cut yoke that is looking amazing! It’s a crisp blue and white stripe which I matched up perfectly on accident. I’ve been drafting up a storm and can’t wait to try out some new vintage looks. Happy Sewing!

4 thoughts on “Naturally Dyed Robe and Bias Slip”

  1. Thanks for the shoutout. :) This lounge set is beautiful! What a great idea for relaxing at home. It looks ideal for that. —Lisa

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