Have you seen Leah Duncan's newest collection of florals on organic cotton from Cloud 9? Well, let me tell you, they're quite something. They're officially called a batiste, but to me they feel like voile. They're light and gauzy and perfect for hot weather.
I decided to whip up a summer robe, and I couldn't be happier with it. It's cool and feminine and just what I needed.
I didn't use a pattern, instead I did some quick searching for "easy robes" on the internet. I found a handful of blog posts (here and here) with some good tips, and I got to work. I bought 2 and 3/8 yards fabric which made a robe that's about knee-length on me. A couple of hours of leisurely sewing later - I had a summer robe.
One of the neatest things about it is that it was an almost waste free project! The fabric you cut to create sleeves becomes the tie. There's a small piece of fabric you cut to create the neckline that you could use to make a small patch pocket or belt loops. I didn't get that fancy, but I wish I had!