Working as a freelance casting producer, there are occasionally long stretches of time between jobs. It's unfortunate, but I like to use all that free time to start new sewing projects, such as this robe.
While I live in Los Angeles and don't exactly need to keep warm too often, the robes I already have weren't doing the trick for me. One of them is made of fleece, which is warm, but not exactly attractive. "Frumpy" is probably a more appropriate word for that one. The other, a vintage kimono, is beautiful but floor length. I needed something somewhere in between - beautiful, but shorter in length and not quite so cozy as fleece. Something to make my time spent unemployed looking GOOD while also not overwhelming myself with too much excess fabric because LA is already warm. Priorities, right?
Using a "Making History" pattern from Butterick to keep the design more accurate, I passed on sewing the obi and shortened the length of the body as well as the sleeves. Left as is, it would have reached the floor all over, sleeves included! I'll save the longer original version for another project, when I feel like being extra dramatic in my robe-wearing. The leftover fabric from this one will likely return later as a lining for a nice coat or jacket, though I've already used some to make a cute sleep mask.
PS: A special shout out to the Japanese for creating such gorgeous clothing!