April 15, 2013

Harry Potter Robe for American Girl Doll

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What you need

  • 1/2 yard of black lining (very thin fabric, used to line fabrics)
  • 1/4 yard of house color lining (for the rest of the blog I will use red as the house color)
    • red: Gryffindor
    • blue: Ravenclaw
    • green: Slytherin
    • yellow: Hufflepuff
  • black thread
  • T-shirt transfer paper for black fabrics, has to be for black fabrics
  • Image of a house crest, see below for instructions

How to make the robe

1. Download pattern here
    Make sure you have set scaling to none!
    Please use for personal use only, this is copyrighted by me, Read Creations !!!

2. Cut out all pieces, 14 in total.
  • 2 back pieces in black (Part A)
  • 2 outer front pieces in black (Part B)
  • 2 sleeves in black,  2 sleeves in red (house color)   (Part C)
  • 2 inner front pieces in black (Part E), 2 inner front pieces in red (Part F) (these combined will form the inner fronts called Part EF)
  • 1 outer hat in black (Part D) (make sure you get the right pattern piece)
  • 1 inner hat in red  (Part G) (make sure you get the right pattern piece, since outer and inner are different)

3. We are assembling the outer part of the robe first. Take 1 back piece Part A and both front
     pieces Part B and sew along shoulder seams

4. Take both black sleeves Part C and attach to body, right sides together

5. Take black hood piece (Part D) and sew together along back (longest side)

6. Attach neck side of hood to body, right sides together.

7. Fold so sleeve and side line up and sew sleeve and side together, repeat for other side
    Now you have the outer robe done.

8. Now we start with the inner robe.
    Sew Parts E and F together to form the two front pieces Parts EF. Iron seams apart.

9. Sew fronts (Parts EF) with remaining back part (Part A) along shoulder seams, right
    sides together.

10. Take both red sleeves (Part C) and sew them in, right sides together
11. Take the red hood (Part G) and sew the top together. Attach neck side of hood to body,
      right sides together. Just like in step 6

12. Fold so sleeve and side line up and sew sleeve and side together, repeat for other side.
      Just like in step 7
      Now you have the inner robe done too.

13. Line up the outer and inner robe together, right sides together, hold in place with pins.
      Sew around front, along front of hood and then along the other front in one seam.

14. Turn to the right and put inner sleeves in outer sleeves (just as if robe was already done)

15. You can either hand sew the inner and outer sleeve together with a hidden seam
      (easier to picture) or do it with the machine, which is what I did.
      In order to sew it with the machine I folded the inner and outer sleeve (at the seam) as if to
      make a hidden seam and pinned it from the INSIDE. This way I new how to attach the sleeves
      together. Then I pulled the sleeves through the bottom of the robe as if I would turn it inside out
      again but I only pulled until I had good access to the sleeve. It will look really odd and twisted.
      You can see my two pins in the picture

16. Line up the inner and outer sleeves and pin them, then sew around. Turn back to as if robe is
      done. You should now have a finished sleeve front with a hidden seam. Repeat for other sleeve.

17. Turn inside out so seams are outwards (wrong side) and sew along bottom of robe leaving a
      small opening

18. Turn back so it is the right way and hand sew the opening at the bottom shut

19. Iron robe's seams, especially the sleeve fronts, the front and bottom of the robe and the hood

Your robe is done !!!

How to add the crest

1. Download image of  house crest, either google it or find it here

2. Print  picture on T-shirt transfer paper for black fabrics (make sure it is for black fabrics)
    with the following settings
3. Cut out, scissors worked best for me

4. Place on dolls left front side, cover with parchment paper and iron on without steam

You are done !!!! 

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  1. Wow your patterns are amazing!!
    Thank yous so much for sharing them!!

  2. Thank you. I am glad you like them.

  3. How do you make the sweater?

    1. I bought the sweater pattern from Liberty Jane. I posted the link in my Harry Potter - overview blog

  4. Hi, soryy o bother again, but please culd you transfer it to metres or centimetres! I want to make these crafts but really can't understand a bit! Thank you! (: You are just tooooooo amazing!

  5. Ugh, I meant sorry, to and could. I hate typing fast, but could you please translate????? I don't know anything about yards or inches or feet. I wish I could make these things for my dolls, because they're dying to go to Hogwarts and they already have got their letter

    1. 1 yard is roughly 1m, so you would need around 50cm of black fabric and 25cm fabric in your house color. Most of our fabric bolts are around 43" (110cm) wide.
      Which means you would need a piece of black fabric around 50cm x 110cm and a piece of colored fabric around 25cm x 110cm.
      You might have leftover fabric and could go with less. It depends on how you lay the pattern pieces out.

  6. I noticed that you put your image on the T-shirt transfer paper in the corner using the "contact sheet" option. Do you know if it's possible to use the rest of the transfer? Sort of assuming that that's why you put it in the corner.
    TIA for your response

    1. Yes, that's why I put it in the corner. I have reused the paper, positioning it in a different spot the next time around.

  7. You are awesome!! I can't wait to make this! Thank you so much!

  8. Can you please tell me how to set the scaling to none? I really don't know what that means. Thank you!

    1. It is a little hard to describe, depending on what version of Adobe PDF is installed on your computer, but in general, when you print a pdf document and you get to the window (specific for pdf files) where you select your printer and where you select how many pages are on one sheet, there is a check box or radio button where you can select something that says scaling to none or Actual size. This will make sure the page is not shrunk or stretched but stays in its original format. Hope that helps.

    2. Thank you for your quick response. Can I ask another question so I will know if the pattern is the right size? How long in inches is pattern #A1 from shoulder to hem? Thank you!

    3. Each pattern page has a 1" marker to confirm that it is the right size. Measure those two 1" lines to confirm that you measure at least very close to 1".
      I measured #A1 (along the fold line it is 8 3/4"), the assembled part A is 12 3/4" along the fold line. Good luck !

    4. Thanks for the patterns, I am not a great sewer,but I made it
      through! My granddaughter is going to love it for her birthday....she will be six, and is a lover of all things Harry Potter. Thanks again!

  9. Hoping to make these for my 3 girls' spring birthdays -- thank you! Did you use 1/4" seams?

    1. All my patterns use 1/4" seams except where stated otherwise

  10. Hey im planing on making a robe for my sister. but the pattern i have doesnt have lining. do you think i could just follow these steps for adding the lining to the robe? thanks.

    1. I have no idea what your pattern looks like and can therefor not tell you if my instructions will work with your pattern. But you could use my liner directions as a general guideline. Good luck !

    2. http://www.clairesanders.net/2011/10/wizard-robe.html
      This is the pattern I am using.

  11. Amazing....I can't wait to try it for my American Girl Doll. Thank you so much for sharing this. You have inspired me.

    Grammie Anonymous

  12. I was wondering if the robe might fit a Build A Bear. My son would love a robe for his bear!

  13. thank you so much for sharing your patterns. I'm new to sewing so I hope I can handle this. My kids love HP and they are in their 20's. I'd like to make this outfit for one of their dolls I looked at the pattern and where you have to two patterns "merge" is that just meaning you had them cut so that they fit on the page, but I tape them together?

    1. Yes, that is correct, just tape the two pieces together along that line.

  14. Thank you so much for generously sharing your incredible pattern. Trying to get two done for Xmas gifts for my nieces. I just might make it...

  15. Can't get any of these patterns to prints - Help - they are so adorable

  16. I am trying to get the pattern for the robe and it is not working. Could you possibly email it to me? My daughter is a HUGE Harry Potter fan and I want to make this for her doll for her birthday. Thanks!

  17. Just completed three of these from your pattern. They turned out great. Thank you so much for the time and effort you put in on this.

  18. Thank you for generously sharing this pattern with us. I've completed two robes (blue lining for Ravenclaw and yellow lining for Hufflepuff) and the entire household -- including the hubby -- was impressed.

  19. Do you know hoe large the patch is on your robe? Thank you

  20. this is SO COOL! i am obssested with Harry Potter, and i was looking for something like this. thank you SO SO SO much

  21. Thank you for your pattern. I have made two robes for little girls that are obsessed with
    Harry Potter:) Very easy to follow directions and came out great!

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  23. thank you so much!!!!! I love this and I just can not wait to make this. I will show my mom right away

  24. I am so making griffondor

  25. Thank you so much!

    Question: What kind of fabric should I use for the cloak, lining, and skirt? The cloak fabric looks stretchy in the pictures...? Sorry if that's a dumb question. I've never used a sewing machine before, or made doll clothes, but it's for my babies! The ones online are way out of budget. Thanks again!

    1. I used what is called lining (it is normally used for lining jackets and such) because it is very thin and therefor flowing nicely on a doll. If you are a beginner sewer then I would rather recommend a plain normal cotton fabric. Lining can be a little tricky to work with especially when you are new to sewing. Good luck

    2. For anyone who wants to save a bundle, you can make this out of dollar store childrens play capes. It will take 3 black capes to get all of the pieces. Then the liner can be made from t-shirts or even better, the pillow cases they sell, same type material. Thats 4 bucks for materials. Woot Woot!!!

  26. I wanted to thank you so much for this pattern! It is really the best one I found, especially with the beautiful lining layer. I resized it and used it to make my tween god daughter a Slytherin robe and it came out absolutely amazing. Again, thank you a bunch!