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Robinwild1
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Date: 7/4/14 6:40 AM

I am making a housecoat (robe) for the first time for my son and wondered if it is necessary to make loops and a separate belt for it. Can't the belt just be attached to the back of the robe itself at the middle of the waist? I am making it out of a light cotton material for summer. He had a store-bought fleece robe when he was younger in which the belt was attached this way.....sewn for about 5 inches on the belt at the back. Would you recommend this? Is there any reason why not?

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Date: 7/4/14 6:46 AM

Robinwild1 ---

It can be done (as you have seen on RTW).

When my son was younger I did this to avoid the belt going missing and easier washing. I prefer the back as the anchor point.

I also used no belt (Velcro) when he was much younger too.

Coming off night shift ... so I am hoping my comments make sense...

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Date: 7/4/14 1:40 PM

Of course you can! Just be aware that, depending on how long the belt is, it can wrap itself around other things in the wash and put a lot of stress on the attachment points. I have a couple of long-sleeve thin knit shirts that tie themselves in knots every time I wash them.

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Date: 7/4/14 2:26 PM


AND, if the belt is too long, AND, if he's in too much of a hurry to reach around to tie in front, he could trip on the belt dragging behind. Robe belts are usually pretty long, even for kids.

There's nothing wrong with attaching the belt in the center back. Just make sure there isn't too much of the belt hanging behind him.

The side loops are so easy to attach, but I know it's an extra step. Besides that, when you wash the robe you can put the belt in a pocket so it doesn't get tangled.

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Date: 7/4/14 3:43 PM

Thanks for your help! This is a wonderful forum! :)

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Date: 7/6/14 4:48 PM

Hi Robinwild1,

In addition to the attachment point at the back, you may also choose to attach the belt at the side seams, if there isn't a lot of extra fabric between teh back and the sides. This will take some pressure off the single attachment point during the wash. If that is not a realistic option, you may want to put on belt loop on each side, in the front, to keep the belt from dragging and either tripping your son or getting caught on on something.

Just a thought.



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Date: 7/6/14 9:12 PM

I did this with a RTW robe to avoid losing the belt, but eventually it got caught in the wash and tore the robe. I have a snap press so now I set three snaps in the back. I just take the tie off when I wash it.

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