Butterick 7461, or, Project Housecoat

When my fiance and I moved to Massachusetts for school, I knew that one thing I wanted to purchase or make was a very warm housecoat.  I’d purchase the pattern for Butterick 7461 last summer and made the shorter version out of a kimono that my mother and I made while I was in junior high, and the fit and style were great and the pattern was quick and easy (like it says on the package!) so I figured it would be perfect for making a longer housecoat.

I procrastinated on the hand finishing for ages, but… it’s DONE!!  And I love it to bits and wear it constantly.  For more construction details and lots more pictures, keep reading…

I was originally toying with the idea of a quilted housecoat of some kind, but I eventually decided to try making it entirely lined in fleece.  I ended up going with a deep purple fleece and a fantastic floral print satin-y synthetic from Jo-Ann fabrics (Someone a few weeks ago made a blouse out of the same stuff!)  I could not be bothered to cut out the two layers separately, and the floral fabric was very slippery, so I did my best to line them up neatly and cut them out as one.  I omitted the interfacing, since I figured that the fleece would be stiff enough.  The collar points aren’t as sharp as they were on my first version of it, due to the puffy fleece inside, but I don’t think it detracts much.  The pattern went together fairly easily (except for the slippery slippery floral fabric and some inordinately bulky seams)… I procrastinated the hand finishing quite a bit, but I buckled down and did it last week.

But anyways.  I’m completely smitten with it, and I love it lots, and I have designs on maybe making another housecoat or day dress out of the same pattern.

• Meet the Author • Frances


A recent college graduate, Frances is pursuing a career in music (preferably opera) while nursing a strong passion for sparkles, sewing, and all things vintage.





40 comments… add one

  • This is beautiful! So rich looking. And definitely fit for the holidays. Love, love, love it!

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  • This turned out so lovely! I adore the fabric you chose!

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  • What a divine project! So inspiring. You’re tempting me to toss my whole queue and emulate your housecoat immediately!

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  • Picking my jaw up from the floor. In LOVE with this!

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  • Absolutely stunning. I had never really considered housecoats until now… If this were mine I don’t think I could take it off.

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  • This is gorgeous! What a glamourous way to lounge around the house – I’m totallyjjealous!

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  • Next time try KK200 spray when cutting out two fabrics together. It will temporarily hold the fabrics together so they will not shift.

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    • Aha, brilliant! Thanks for the tip, that would help a lot with how unruly fleece and satin are.

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  • I never knew I needed a fleece-lined satin housecoat until I saw this post. This is happening.

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    • Ha! It’s so worth it. It’s a good-looking wearable blanket.

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  • Ditto to all above responses. Don’t you feel glamorous and beautiful lounging in this??? On Christmas morning… wow. Just wow.

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  • ADORE!! That pattern is wonderful, and your version is gorgeous! I really want to make one for myself, but I think it will be a while before I can work it into my schedule.

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  • LOVE! This is gorgeous! I have a couple similar patterns in my stash that I’ve held-off on, because I wasn’t sure how practical they would be. Your idea to line with fleece is BRILLIANT!

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  • I love this so much! I have this pattern in my stash and now I want to sew it up! The fabric is just beautiful!

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  • Gracious! This is just smashing. You have just definitively redefined housecoats as potentially very exciting. That print is so perfect on you.

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  • This is amazing! Love it! :D

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  • This is a gorgeous make. With temps here in the negatives this is looking like an especially cozy option!

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  • Ohmygoodness ~ this looks amazing! Seriously, it’s summer down here but I still want a floor length, fleece lined housecoat now… It’s fabulous! You did a fantastic job. :D

    xox,
    bonita of Lavender & Twill

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  • I LOVE this, you never can have enough house coats…

    I have a similar though older pattern, I’m inspired thank you!

    Have another cup of tea x

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  • This house coat is absolutely beautiful! I wish I could find this pattern!

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  • This is beautiful, I can see one of these in my future too. x

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  • Gorgeous!! I love the fabric, the buttons at the waist, and the fact that it looks both cozy and glamorous.

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  • This is the first time I have ever posted a comment here after reading the blog for over a year. I LOVE this and the picture is wonderful as well!!! Great job!

    Kris in TN

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  • So I’ve been thinking I needed a kimono or quilted robe… you’ve completely sold me. (Also, Vintage Vixen? Right? I’m your Boston-area stalker on your regular blog, if it’s you ;-) )

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    • You definitely need a kimono or quilted robe. It’s like a good-looking Snuggie.
      (Uh… Polka Polish? But yes, you are my Boston-area stalker! Ha. )

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      • Ah damn alliterations get me every time. I always click through from American Duchess :-P

        Whoops!

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  • oh my this is so lovely! i would not feel guilty for spending half the day in my jammies if i wore this over it

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    • …why do you think I made it? (Totally guilty of whole-days-in-jammies in this thing.)

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  • Ohmygosh, this is so ladylike and lovely! I think I need a quilted housecoat with a flannel lining, because I apparently am closer to 75 than 25 now that the cold snap has hit ;)

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  • Welcome to Boston (I am North Shore) in your stunning and timeless housecoat! Photos are beautiful as well. Thanks for posting :)

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  • This is gorgeous and so glamourous. You have convinced me that I need one of these! I wish I had your pattern!

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  • I didn’t know I needed a house coat, but I TOTALLY DO!! That is awesome, and so glamorous ;)

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  • How absolutely adorable! You have inspired me! In the winter I often come home and put on my fawn coloured dressing gown but wow a house coat – that would be something else. And the fabric is so rich and elegant! Nice job!

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  • I absolutely adore this! I’ve been wanting a housecoat for so long but I was terrified of making one because so many of them seem so… I don’t know… plain? But yours is so gorgeous and I loved that it’s lined in fleece. So amazing!

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  • This is beautiful! I love the patterned fabric hiding the warm fleece and your photos are lovely.

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  • Great job. Nice to see a robe in a grown up and sophisticated colorway. Love the (slipper) styling in the photo.

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  • This project actually made me sign up for a SewRetro account, after just lurking for years… I love what you have done with this elegant pattern! It’s gorgeous and ladylike and exciting. So much so, that I scoured eBay and Etsy looking for this pattern and finally bought it! It’s too small for me, but it was the only one I could find, so I will be spending some time over the holidays grading it properly. I already have the fleece for the lining (a lavender color I got 6 meters of in Japan for about 5 dollars). Thank you so much for sharing this one!

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  • This is a gorgeous house coat. It looks like a dress you could wear on Christmas. Fantastic job and thank you for sharing!

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  • I’m wondering now, where did you get the green slippers you’re wearing with it? I love the shape! Can you tell us the brand?

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  • Beautiful, I wish I could see. I’ve been looking all over for something this cut/style. Any chance I could buy one from you?

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