The History Of The Dressing Gown

July 23, 2015


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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