1940s | Burlesque / Pinup | Lingerie | Vintage Sewing

Retro Butterick 5152 Dressing Gown

By on January 7, 2016

YAY! This is my very first post on We Sew Retro!  I have been silently stalking in the background, but never had the courage to post till now.

I’ve had Butterick 5152 in my vintage-inspired pattern box for quite a while and had intentions on making a dressing gown that was pretty enough to lounge around the house in when I was disinterested in wearing clothes.  (Like, every Sunday afternoon!)  But the red charmeuse in my stash was vying for my attention, so I changed my mind and went for an over-the-top gown with feathers and lace!

The pattern was not too tricky, save the yoke.  It was awful!  I LOATHE hand-sewing!  The feather trim was also a nightmare as the feathers were already attached to a strip of ribbon, but apparently they were glued to the ribbon, so the glue ended up ruining three needles and made all the stitches skip. Ugh!  : >(

Otherwise, I ADORE this gown! While it is no good for lounging, it’s perfect for a romantic evening at home with hubby and a flute of bubbly!

For more eye candy, see my blog post.

Thanks for looking!

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The History Of The Dressing Gown

By on July 23, 2015

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For Lingerie Sewing month over on the Sewcialists blog I wrote a review of the Buchanan dressing gown. I had a lot of fun making the pattern, but I also had a lot of fun researching the history of the dressing gown. I thought that as lovers of all things retro sewing related, you would all be interested in this history lesson!

A dressing gown is a loose, open-front gown that is closed with a fabric belt. It is most frequently worn over pajamas or under garments while you are getting ready for the day or preparing to go to bed. Prior to the 19th century, dressing gowns were mainly worn by men as a less confining clothing option and during informal social gatherings. For women, the dressing gown offered a break from corsets and petticoats. Typically a woman would wear her dressing gown while doing all of her day-to-day activities, from eating breakfast to sewing!

Historically cotton, silk and wool are the fabrics used to create dressing gowns and the ladies at Gather Kits suggest light to medium weight fabric with drape for the Buchanan which I think works really well and makes my dressing gown very wearable. To learn more about the history of the dressing gown head over to NPR and to see my finished dressing gown head over to the Sewcialists blog!

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