1940s | Vintage Sewing

1941 Bathrobe

By on February 16, 2015

For better or for worse, so much of my vintage sewing tends to be for plays – I work in theatre and my husband and I do a lot of community theatre, so I end up doing a lot of costume pieces for myself… which then work their way into my personal wardrobe. 🙂

This time around I’m playing Edith in Noel Coward’s Blithe Sprit, who comes out at the end of the play in a nightgown and bathrobe.  She’s the housemaid – so nothing too fancy – but I definitely wanted something that looked distinctively 1940’s.  I chose this sweet 1941 housecoat/dress pattern from EvaDress, partially because it was so sweet looking and partially because I wouldn’t have to do too much modification in sizing.

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The pattern calls for the dress/housecoat to be joined at the CF and zip up – I decided to finish off the CF edges and leave it open, like a bathrobe.  Because of that, I didn’t insert the sash into the waist as shown – I made that separate.  The only other modification was lengthening the sleeves (in the photos they still need to be hemmed) and leaving off the trim, other than on the pockets.

Due to fabric constraints I wasn’t able to pattern-match the plaids on the CF and SF pieces – I’m (mostly!) okay with that. 🙂  I love the swoop of the skirt and how nicely it fits – much more feminine than a modern bathrobe pattern!  Made out of lovely heather grey wool plaid flannel, with one pretty pink stripe in the tartan.  I used vintage pink rick-rack for trim.

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1940s | 1950s

A new robe

By on April 7, 2014

This robe was made using a pattern I drafted myself. However, I still think it has a place here because a shape like this, ankle length and flared, is something I see all the time in ladies’  and sewing magazines from the late 1940’s and 1950’s. And those can have any kind of sleeve, set-in, kimono or raglan, like mine.

My robe has wide, deeply set raglan sleeves which are gathered into long jersey cuffs. The robe itself is made from a fairly thin cotton toweling fabric with matching jersey for the facing, cuffs and belt.

It has pockets, patch pockets which were sewn from the inside so there is no visible topstitching (I made a tutorial for those.

For more pictures and the full story, go to my blog.

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1950s | Lingerie | Vintage Sewing

Butterick 9214: Robe for my Mom

By on December 31, 2012

Hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday. Just popping by to show you a present I sewed for my Mom. Butterick 9214, from 1959. I really enjoyed making this pattern, I love the elegance of it. I used a heavy velour fabric which has a great drape and is cozy for a robe. My mom loves it and feels very glam in it. Read more about on my blog: ErikaMadeIt

 

Have a happy and healthy 2013!

xo

Erika

 

 

 

 

 

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1920s

1920s Tulip Kimono

By on October 25, 2011

Hello all! First time posting on the new site so here goes.

This is the 1920s Tulip Kimono from Decades of Style made with a rayon “Van Gogh” print and a chambray contrast. Closes with a loop and button posie. The robe is unlined and all the seams in the chambray are covered while most of the seams in the rayon are French seams. It’s very comfortable!

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