DIY graduation robe

Updated March 23, 2017

Graduations are a milestone in any person's life. Whether you're graduating from preschool, high school or college, you will remember your graduation forever. Unfortunately, graduation robes can be expensive garments that you only wear once. Creating your own graduation robe, out of polyester fabric the same colour as other student's graduation robes, can help you save money and allow you to make the graduation robe fir you perfectly.

Measure across the widest part of your shoulders, from the top of your shoulders to your ankles and from your shoulder to your wrist.

Fold the polyester in half and draw a rectangle to create the body of the robe. The rectangle should be as wide as one-quarter of your shoulder measurement plus one inch to allow for seams. The rectangle will be as long as your shoulder to ankle measurement plus 2.5 cm (one inch) for seam allowances. Cut the rectangle out through both layers of the fabric.

Unfold the fabric and draw another rectangle. The width of this rectangle should be half your shoulder width plus 2.5 cm (one inch) for seams. The length should be your shoulder to ankle measurement plus 2.5 cm (one inch) for seams. Cut out this rectangle.

Draw two more rectangles on the fabric that are as long as your shoulder to wrist measurement and 53 cm (21 inches) wide. Cut out these rectangles.

Pin one narrow rectangle lengthwise to the wider rectangle with both sides together with 1.3 cm (1/2 inch) together to create the seam. Sew these pieces together, leaving about 25 cm (10 inches) open at the top for the sleeves. Do the same thing with the other narrow rectangle on the other side of the wide rectangle. Sew all the rectangles together at the top, leaving a slit on each side for the sleeves.

Sew the two narrow rectangles together with a 1.3 cm (1/2 inch) seam. This will be the back of the gown.

Fold each of the sleeve rectangles in half with the right sides facing each other. Pin and sew along the edges lengthwise to create the sleeves.

Insert the sleeves into the armholes in the body of the gown with the right sides facing each other. Sew around the armholes to attach the sleeves to the gown.

Hem the edges of the sleeves and the bottom of the gown to create a finished look.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Straight pins
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Fabric marker
  • 4.5 m (5 yards) polyester fabric
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Tatyana Ivanov has been a freelance writer since 2008 and has contributed articles to "Venus" and "Columbus Family." She continues to write humor pieces for a number of popular culture blogs. Ivanov holds a Bachelor of Arts in media studies from Hunter College.