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Note: I wrote these instructions years ago. They still work, but are crude and I will be improving this page with more instructions and illustrations!

Jedi/Sith Robe

Materials

Sewing Machine
thread matching fabric
fabric scissors
pins
straightedge ruler, preferably longer than 12 inches
fabric pencil
4-5 yards of 45" 0r 60" fabric, depending on height and size
(Fabric Suggestions: Linen, Wool, Most of the heavier-type fabrics)

Instructions

The first task is to get the proper materials, which are listed above. For a Jedi Robe, you need a brown fabric. You can take these same instructions and make a Sith robe using black fabric. The fabric needs to be thicker than regular cotton fabrics, like a poplin fabric, and the best texture is where the weave is visible. For a more flowing robe, go with a fabric that hangs well when you drape it over your arm. Wool is what is most likely used in the movies. Get a regular all-purpose cotton thread that matches your fabric. Hint: When holding thread against fabric, get one shade DARKER, because the thread is really one shade lighter than it appears on the spool. Now you can begin.

BACK

The first part you need to cut out is the back of the robe. Measure your shoulders, and extend the number about 4 inches on each sides. The seams of the sleeves of the robe will extend beyond your shoulders, and a Jedi robe is roomy. Measure from the base of your neck to the floor. It's best to give yourself 5 inches or a little more extra. The hem of the robe will come up about five inches from the floor. Now you are ready to cut. First, measure the length (base of neck to floor measurement) and cut. Using a straightedge and marking pencil, adjust the width (shoulder to shoulder) and cut extra off from side. Measure the width of your neck, and make a slightly bigger "slope" in the middle for your neck. You can keep the shoulders straight or slope them (turn a T-Shirt inside out to see the neck and shoulder shapes)

Flowing Robe Pattern: Picture of cut back piece

FRONT

Take the shoulder-to-shoulder measurement and cut the number in half, then add 1/2 an inch to that number, or however much fabric your hem will take up. This will be the front of your robes. Use the 1/2 shoulder measurement and the neck-to-floor and cut two panels. Make a hem up each of the panels.
In THIS picture, this is the one of the front panels. You need to cut 2. Note how inside side is straight, and other side fans out. This will let your robe flow.
Then, lay the back down (If the fabric you've used has a definite front and back, which I strongly suggest you use a fabric where it's both the same, lay the back down with the front side up.) Then lay the front panels (front side down) where your edges meet up, and the hemmed edges are facing each other. With your chalk pencil draw a duplicate of the shoulder slope you've used. Do NOT cut a dip for the neck. Leave the fabric where it goes STRAIGHT across. The hood is going to connect to the parts not sewn in the shoulders. Now, sew your shoulders on each side together. I recomment making two lines of stitches for stability.
This picture is of the sewing layout. I sewed my robe using ENCLOSED SEAMS. Here's the explanation. Cut yourself a couple of sqares of fabric, maybe 5 inches square. Place right sides OUT. For 5/8 inch seam allowance, sew along the edge 1/4th inch away. Now fold along seam where right sides are TOGETHER< how they normally should be when sewing a seam. Sew along same edge at 3/8th inch. Fold it back out. Note that the seam looks the same on the outside, but on the inside you don't have raw edges. I find this preferable, especcially when sewing the hood and shoulders, since the inside seams will be visible when your hood is back.

Note: Anakin's Robe from Episode II has no sleeves. To best make a copy of Anakin's robe, get a dark brown Wool material (not too light of a fabric) Use the flowing back pattern, but don't have the back so tight. What you need to do is LENGTHEN the shoulder length out so when draped over shoulders, the seam is partway down your upper arm. Use straight front panels, but the wide flowing back. DO NOT SEW UP SIDES. Attach together ONLY at shoulders and hood. Attach hood and hem open edges.

SLEEVES [Set-In Sleeve Pattern]

Simple Sleeve Pattern

Now if you drape it over your shoulders you should have the back, and two long strips hanging off your shoulders at the front. Now, measure from where the end of the sewn shoulder part is to the tips of your fingers. Add 4 inches to that. The bottom of the robe and the sleeves has a very large hem, and this is also an advantage in case you grow out of the costume, it's easy to enlarge.

Now, drape the measuring tape over your upper arm (hold your arm away from your body) and adjust the loop until it comes almost to the top of your waist. Now cut two pieces of fabric using the width and length you just measured. Fold the fabric in half lengthwise and make a crease or a mark in the middle. Lay your robes over the table, with the back and front parts both facing up. Lay a sleeve wrong side up, line the middle over the shoulder seam, and lay like in the illustration. Repeat for other sleeve.

Now turn the robe inside out. Line up the shoulders, and the sleeves. It should look like a robe by now. Pin it, and stitch from the sleeves all the way to the floor, and be sure to stitch over a couple of times in the underarm area for stability. Turn the robe rightside out and put it on. Fold the sleeves up inside themselves and adjust how long they are until the sleeves are at the desired length. Preferable length is, when your arms are relaxed by your sides, only your fingertips show. Measure how far up you took them. Turn the robes inside out, and have the sleeves rolled up to where you want them. Take off whatever compartments are on the front of your machine so you can stick the sleeve inside and sew it. If your machine doesn't let you sew tubes, or you don't prefer to do it this way, hem them up before you sew up the sides and sleeves of the robes.

How to make Hood

For the hood for the Jedi Robe, you need about 2/3 yd of 1" gridded pattern making material. Use the Illustration to get the right shape and size. Cut 2. Sew the 2 pieces of fabric along the back edge of the hood at either 5/8" seam or use an enclosed seam. Now you can attach the hood to the robe. The hood will probably be bigger than the neck edge of the robe, but that is fine since we need to gather it. Sew along neck edge of hood using a basting stitch at 1/2 inch from the edge, not using backstitch or tying off ends, and leave your thread long at the ends. With right sides together, place a pin at the middle of the hood seam and middle of robe neck, and one each at the ends of robe neck and hood. Now, pull the strings to gather the material up, and pull the gather out until the fabric matches up exactly with the neck edge of robe. This is called EASING, for if you use set-in sleeves. Pin and sew. If you are not a more experienced sewer and did not use an enclosed seam, go to your fabric store and get BIAS TAPE to match your robe color. The seams will be visible when the hood is back, and bias tape will finish your seams, and there should be instructions on the package.

Now it's time to finish the hood as well as the seam along opening of robe in front. First, you need to interface inside edge of hood so it has a nice curve when it's up. Choose how far back you are going to hem. I used 3/4" hem. Cut a strip or two at the hem width and iron interfacing along opening edge of the hood. All along opening of robe and hood, fold along hem width, then fold again to hide seams. Sew close to edge all the way around.

Finishing the robe.

Put on your robe. Have a friend pin up the bottom of your robe. It should stay within a few inches of the floor. (If you have boots for your costume, you may want to put them on when pinning up bottom. Hem bottom up 3-4 inches. There, your robe is done!

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