Third Robe in Twenty-Five Years…Nothing Lasts Anymore!

Back in the mid 80s I made a kimono style robe out of a luscious polished cotton in an exuberant, wild, and gorgeous floral of fuchsias, purples and black. The fabric cost the earth, well in 1980, $15.00 (US) per yard  for cotton was the earth! I loved the fabric so much, that I used snippets wherever I could. I cutout some of the flowers and appliqued them on pillow covers for my living room. I used one motif on the cummerbund of a hot pink knit dress, and I recently saw a few shreds of it in one of my scrap boxes.

We were living in La Paz a year or two, when I grabbed the robe off the hook in our poolside palapa, and it ripped from neck to mid-back. It was then that I realized the I had made the robe 15 years earlier. I was heartbroken, I loved that robe.

We were due to make a trek to the old country to visit our kids  and shop.

Fabric for a new robe was on my list. I purchased a gorgeous print in greens and turquoise of lovely fish swimming through reeds. there was some metallic outlines. I made  a shawl collar and deep fold back cuffs and piped it all in a gold metallic. I also made it long enouyght to touch the floor, so that when I wrapped and tied it, it would not hike up above my ankles.

Now 10 years later, that robe literally fell apart. Actually it fell part over a year ago. I had already purchased this gorgeous fabric for a new robe.

Lutterloh robe fabricIsn't it yummy? The print  is deliberately fuzzed, it has a very Impressionist look to it. I was smiling and singing as I cut and sewed it. Such a lovely hand, it was easy to cut, easy to sew, and  ironed up perfectly. My Beloved calls me "Joseph" as in Joseph and his Technicolor Dream coat.

This is a Lutterloh pattern. I drafted it in the evening, cut it out before breakfast the next morning, and finished it by 2:00 p.m.

No rushing.

No cursing.

No Mistakes.

No Design Changes.

Here is the pattern:

Lutterloh robe and nightie

Well, I did make one design change! I lengthened it by  8 inches so that it would again be ankle length after it was wrapped and tied. It is a pattern from my 2005 basic book, so i do not know from which supplement it is.

A simple pattern that shows off a wonderful fabric.

Sometime in the next decade or so I shall make another.

And here is where I enjoy a morning coffee before the sun crests the mountains. I think about sewing while I listen to the roosters in the village below.

This is right outside my sewing room. The bay view is gorgeous as well. I show that another time.

Thanks for stopping, and please leave a comment.


SusanMorning coffee



  • peggyjo

    Reply Reply May 8, 2016

    Beautiful robe! — and I loved your story. I’m still going back and forth over purchasing the Lutterloh system — could end up being another toy I buy and then don’t play with?

    If you’re reading your comments, I would sure like to know which supplement or book this pattern came from.

  • Toni

    Reply Reply June 5, 2016

    Love it! Maybe you could make several!

    • Susan Fogel

      Reply Reply June 6, 2016

      Toni, thank you so much for stopping! As I watch Miss Fisher’s Mysterwies, I know that I need several more robes!

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