Cotton Plaid Flannel Robe

It’s the end of February, and you know what that means: wear-your-housecoat-all-day-because-it’s-otherwise-too-cold season!

Seriously. Can it be spring already!?

Simplicity 1799 robe

I was serious about wearing my robe all day, at least when I’m hanging around the house (I work from home a couple of days a week, so this happens pretty frequently this time of year). I have an old fleece robe that has served me well for many a winter, but it’s really starting to look it’s age (almost a decade, I have recently realized!). I knew it was time for an upgrade to something a little classier, so I’d feel a bit more put together around the house – and especially something that won’t make me embarrassed to walk to the mailbox in. Because, y’all, until the sun decides to come back out, I ain’t taking off this robe. True story: it was sleeting when I took these pictures. GAH.

Simplicity 1799 robe

Rather than stick with the TNT fleece that I knew would eventually get ratty, I decided to make my replacement robe in a soft cotton tartan plaid flannel from Mood Fabrics. I’m no stranger to sewing plaid flannel, although my previous makes with the fabric have been mostly limited to oversized button up shirts. It was kind of exciting to plan a different sort of project with my fabric, even if it’s mostly limited for wearing around the home. I love all of the cotton flannels that Mood Fabrics offers, but this one in particular stuck out to me because it matches my (also me-made) (also plaid flannel) pajamas.

I made sure to order a little extra yardage, to better match the plaids and allow for shrinkage. I also washed and dried my fabric twice (both in hot water) to get as much shrink out as possible. Matching the plaids, unfortunately, didn’t net as well – turns out this pattern really isn’t suited for plaids, as it was nearly impossible to match. I ended up throwing in the towel on that, at least as far as the side seams are concerned (the center back and sleeves, though, look pretty good!). I know, mismatched plaids make some of us (me) want to rage straight out into busy traffic, but sometimes it’s a matter of choosing your battles. Especially when the garment in question will mostly be judged by the eyes of my cat.

Simplicity 1799 robe

For the pattern, I used Simplicity 1799, which is a vintage pattern from the 1940s that I’ve had in my stash for ages. I don’t sew much with vintage patterns any more – I find a lot of the looks to be too cutesy and/or dated for my current style – but I do love the little details they include. This robe features lots of tucks and gathers, paired with a boxy, strong-shoulders 1940s silhouette. The instructions are quite sparse, but this is an easy enough pattern to figure out if you have some sewing knowledge under your belt.

Simplicity 1799 robe

It’s probably not the most flattering thing I’ve sewn for The Mood Sewing Network, but dang is it useful! And I promise you that it is 100x more flattering than the Fleece Nightmare I was schlepping around in earlier this week 🙂

Simplicity 1799 robe



  • My Handmade Space
    February 26, 2016

    It doesn’t look like a robe, it looks like a pretty dress! you can go out wearing it 🙂

  • Rosedale
    February 26, 2016

    Love this robe, would like to find a modern pattern like it. It wraps all the way around in front and has a cute back detail. And the sleeves are not the huge kimono style that gets stuck on door handles and hangs all over everything when trying to cook breakfast! I’ve been working on modifying a duster pattern, but love this one. Super cute in the plaid!

  • Amy
    February 27, 2016

    What a fun idea! A perfect robe for days when you’re working from home but need an extra layer.

  • Sarah Gunn
    February 29, 2016

    You simply make me want to sew more plaid 🙂 I’d never get dressed if I had this to slip in to!

  • Lori
    February 29, 2016

    I flannel robe is a great idea and I really like your plaid. Great job and sometimes it is so important to sew things we wear very frequently.

  • Peter
    March 1, 2016

    This looks fantastic. I would love to make myself a flannel robe except I don’t ever wear robes. Yours makes me want to reconsider this. Lovely job!