Ivory silk wedding dressing gown, Burdastyle 02/2012 #106

I decided to use a very simple Burdastyle pattern to create a silk ivory wedding dressing gown for my sister, who got married just before Christmas 2014.

Burdastyle 02/2012 Silk Robe sewing pattern

This is the second time I have made this pattern up, having previously sewn it in a non-silk jacquard with a purple contrast for a friend of mine (also for her wedding!), as you see here:

Sewing ribbon closure on satin contrast wedding robe

The pattern includes an all-in-one faced, soft-fold collar, which is actually easier that you would expect to put together. The instructions are pretty good, and if you cut accurately you will find the collar comes together at the back in a wonderful sort of "eureka moment"!

There is one real bread-and-butter technique for this project that it is worth getting right...
TECHNIQUE: Interfacing.

I used iron-on interfacing both times I made this up. Be sure to choose an interfacing roughly the same weight as your fabric. Think about how soft you want the finished product to be - in this case, a light to medium interfacing is all that is required. Do not use steam when you iron on you interfacing - just use the highest heat your fabric can take (nothing beats a test scrap!) and press through a cloth for 10-15 seconds on each section. Resist the temptation to sweep the iron around, like you normally would! There is a good, quick tutorial for using interfacing at Craftsy (and you could also sign up for a class for a more in depth look).

Sewing ivory silk wedding robe
MY HACK 1: Get fabric thrifty!

I was limited in fabric size, having found some insanely beautiful luxury ivory silk remnants at the sale at The Berwick Street Cloth Shop (they have these big clear-out sales a few times a year and it is well worth signing up at www.topfabric.co.uk for their newsletter!)... but luckily my little sister is also quite limited in size! So, given that this is essentially a rectangle-fit garment, I reduced the ease / panel size to the width of my fabric pieces and simply altered the collar piece lengths to match. The sleeves take up quite a lot of fabric, so instead of making these from the same silk, I bought a length of pretty standard, floaty ivory silk georgette and used my tiny leftover silk lengths to bind the edges at the wrist... I actually liked the finished effect even more than I expected to! A tiny splash of green decorative top-stitching tied it all in with the wedding colours.

So remember you can often squeeze a garment out of a much smaller quantity of fabric that the pattern sleeve would have you believe...

MY HACK 2: Top-stitched French seams.

My silk had quite a thick, heavy qualtiy (tip: this is quite good for a garment in white or ivory, unless you plan to line it or you are going for the visible-undies look...). Because of this, it didn't fray badly, which I was grateful for. However, it also meant that a plain seam left some bulk hanging around inside the garment and foiled my plans for a perfectly flat seam appearance on the outside. The answer? Top stitch your french seams! You end up with what resembles to some extent a flat felled or welt seam, turning top-stitching into a finishing feature on the garment. There is a good tutorial on French seams, with lots of pictures, at The Grainline Studio.

Sewing ivory silk wedding robe


  1. Lovely result! Your sister made a charming bride, and the classic, beautiful robe is perfect for the wedding and afterward. I quite like the effect of the more translucent fabric for the sleeves, too. Beautiful job all together.