Men and Women, sizes XS-2XL
This is a shortened version of the traditional Egyptian galabia or robe. This versatile shirt can be made for casual or elegant occasions for men and women. The original garments are ankle length and unadorned: we offer a modern shirt length version that may be left plain or decorated with contrasting yoke, applique, or soutache braid in typical designs, and/or handmade cording and knotted buttons.
This pattern is a loose-fitting style with side panels and slit pockets. Sleeves are slightly flared and curve under arms to meet side panels. The yoke can be turned to the inside, or to the outside for interesting contrast.
Pattern pieces have different cutting lines for full size range. Instructions are included for knotted buttons, decorative cording, soutache appliqué, and lengthening the shirt to make the galabia.
Suggested fabrics: Crisp or soft fabrics such as cottons, muslin, lightweight denim, broadcloth. For applique pieces, use 100% cotton.
This pattern is the PDF version. If you want the paper pattern, please go here. The PDF version of this pattern is available in the drop down menu. After checkout, you will receive a link to a zip file with the pattern. It is best to download the file on a computer (rather than a device). This PDF pattern has files for sewing instructions, print at home version (total of 38 pages), copyshop versions (for 36" and A0 paper), and construction details file with applique, soutache, cording, knotted button, and Galabia instructions.