The Harry Potter Gryffindor Robe: Simplicity 5840

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Hey everyone! It’s Steph again. So a fellow blogger, theoncehooked.com and I, bought tickets for the Wizard’s Brunch. It’s a Harry Potter themed brunch that I was really looking forward to. For it, I sewed a Gryffindor robe! Due to unforeseen circumstances, we’re no longer able to attend. But I’d like to thank Andre Tabula for giving me the chance to feel like a wizard for this photoshoot! More photos at the bottom of this post and the gallery!

The other bits and pieces of the costume: Button-up Shirt Forever New | Jumper Uniqlo |Pleated Skirt Glassons | Gryffindor Tie Costume Box

   Fabric (Outer): Panama Stretch
   Fabric (Lining): Top Poplin
   Pattern: Simplicity 5840 B
    Difficulty: Advanced

The Process

Layouts (well most of it)
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The sides are still open
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Sewed in the arms and closed the sides
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The lining
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Putting in the lining
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Almost done…. the lining is looking a bit off. Finished product at the end!

Turning Simplicity 5840 B into a Harry Potter Robe

Simplicity 5840 B is the blue robe on the top left hand corner.

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To modify it, I sewed the same robe using black material. I then went on to sew the lining. As a guide on how I wanted to sew the lining I used this image.

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According to the image, the hood, sleeves and border of the front panels are lined maroon and the rest is lined black. I then altered the original pattern to create the lining which suits the image above.

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The lining which will go inside the robe

Sometimes you just need that extra help

When it came to the final steps (attaching the lining), I was going off script to what the pattern was telling me to do. Things got a little tricky… it was too puffy and the lining kept rolling out. None of the online advice was working, I needed someone to see the garment and give me specific advice. So a friend gave me the number of a lovely lady named Denise who does alterations. I told her my situation and she was happy to have a look at it and guided me through what I needed to fix and do next. She gave me really specific and practical advice which I’m super grateful for.

Passion Tip

Don’t be afraid to ask for extra help. I was so frustrated while I was sewing this garment that I felt like giving up! But with the help of someone who was more experienced, I made it through and came out more confident to tackle it again on my own.

Finished Product

Photos by: Andre Tabula

See more photos of this shoot in the gallery!

I hope you enjoy this week’s post! I have another dressmaking project in the works and this one will be a street wear one. I also have more “My Journey” posts coming out soon. So follow Dressmaking Diary on Facebook and Instagram to keep updated 😉

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