The Suki Robe is one of those patterns that just keeps giving. Not only is it a beautiful project for yourself, but it makes an excellent gift! I have made several Sukis for loved ones and it is always received with such excitement. It’s nice to give somebody a garment they will wear and appreciate on a daily basis.
One of the frequently asked questions we get about the Suki Robe is:
“Can I make Suki for my [partner, boyfriend, husband, father, son]?”
The answer is YES! Suki is drafted for women but it works really well on men and non-binary folks too.
Some Adjustments to Consider:
- Lengthening or shortening the body of the robe.
- Adding length to the sleeves.
- Making the body of the robe less A-line. Bring the side seams in a bit and make it less flared for bodies without full hips.
- Sew the tie on lower or (if possible) wait until after you give the gift to place the tie at the perfect spot for the recipient.
I made this Suki for Sam using our new size range and his measurements put him in the size 28/30. I cut a straight size for him and as you can see, it fits really well! He loves the dramatic sleeves and the A-line flare. If your loved one would prefer a slimmer shape, you can reduce the A-line shape of the robe to make it less ‘swingy’ at the bottom.
I placed the waist ties a bit lower and sewed the inner tie as-is. I decided to add length to the sleeve after we cut it out and tried it on, so I simply sewed some more fabric on there and topstitched to make it a design feature.
We also changed the pockets for Sam’s Suki. If inseam pockets are not your cup of tea, you can try these patch pockets instead!
I think the contrasting fabric for the bands and ties makes this extra special. I am also really pleased with how my corners turned out on this Suki. It is a tricky spot to sew and when it comes together it is always an amazing sewing achievement!
Sam is going to be living in his Suki and I know he will get a ton use out of it for years to come! If you have any questions about making Suki for your loved one, let us know!