The pattern pictured below is a McCalls pattern number M2339, Robe A or H. These can be ordered, from their website and also at a UK site, Jaycotts. The hood is not part of either pattern. However, we will have a number of templates available for copying.
We sourced our material at Whaleys Bradford. They have material that is the right weight and texture and is already flameproofed. They will deliver the next day and they send samples for free. The recommended material is flameproofed wool serge black. When you order, ask for Chantel Fenton and say it’s for Southover Bonfire and she will let you order any amount at the 10m discounted price of at £6.92 per metre. This does not include VAT or postage! A cheaper fabric is the Stage Molton Black Flameproofed. Whalleys will send samples on request.
The McCalls pattern together with a hood uses about 5 metres for an adult large.
We suggest that you try Cathy Baker in the first instance as she has a number of robes already made up. You can email her or call on 07758 688934. Or you could try the following costume makers who have all made robes in the past and know what they’re doing! Jackie or Hils on 01273 479325, Sandra Voice (Newick) 01825 724013, Ness Newman 07766103039. Price to be agreed.
Need any more help? Contact Jon Walter by email or on 01273 474238