Costumes, Geeky sewing., Handmade, Sewing

Harry Potter Robe – Simplicity 8723 Review.


I recently made a Harry Potter robe using Simplicity 8723. I wore this to a couple of halloween events but I’m sure I’ll be wearing this anytime of the year. This pattern is great includes robes, sweater and tie in child and teen sizes XS-L and adult sizes XS-XL. The pattern runs large, I made a small and it was a little to big. I’m 5’4″ and 120 pounds just to give you an idea. I didn’t size down because my children, now taller than me, might want to wear it sometimes.

I used black gabardine and stretch sateen in biking red for the facings and lining both from Joann’s. I bought the iron on appliqué patch at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter store in Orlando a few years ago. I wanted to buy the robe but for a $120 I was like I can made that for half as much. I expend around $50 without thread that I already had and the closure that I removed from a cape I made a while ago.


The only modification I made was adding lining to the sleeves. I wanted to line the whole thing but decided not to since I’m planing to wear it next time I visit Universal Studios. Overall this is a very easy pattern and great for beginners. I definitely recommend it just don’t forget to size down.


(4) Comments

  1. Denise says:

    Can you explain the last two instructions on the robe for the hem corner? I’m so lost! I’d say I’m a 2 in sewing experience out 10. You Tube is my friend but not in this case. Simplicity help line was snippy. I’ve worked it out with construction paper but this leaves the red lining without a hem at the bottom. Guess I’ll wing it if I don’t hear from you. See you in Orlando!

    1. eclecticseams says:

      Ok so per the instructions “Turn lower edge of facing to outside” just put lower edges right sides together. Sew them at 1 1/4 from the edge trim the corner and turn it inside out. I hope that helps.

  2. can you please tell me how much extra fabric you needed to fully line the sleeves?

    1. eclecticseams says:

      I used two yards for the hood lining, the facing and the sleeves lining. I can’t remember exactly how much was used for the sleeves.

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