A month or two ago I had bought a gorgeous dressing gown online for the shop. First I thought it was from the 40s but it turns out to be early 1950s. It is floor length with gigantic 3/4 puffed sleeves and has a lovely big floral print. It doesn't fit me well at all so that prevented me from really falling deeply in love with it. Still, I thought, those robes from back in the day, they are so fabulous, I want one. For the past weeks I have been casually browsing the web for robe / dressing gown patterns from the 1940s and 30s so that I could make one for myself. I noticed that I was starting to get a tiny bit obsessed.
Last week I bought a late 30s / early 40s robe from someone online for a very reasonable price. The picture wasn't super clear and it didn't seem like something that I'd be interested in for myself. I just thought it would be nice for the shop since I want to focus on selling things from the 30s and 40s. When it arrived I was surprised, it was much prettier than it looked in the pictures. It is a pretty lilac satin, with little flowers embroidered all over and short puffed sleeves (I love love love puffed sleeves). I put it on (as I always do with any garment I buy for the shop as it helps me determine the fit and size) and I was sold. It was so beautiful and elegant. I realized I wanted more. Then I remembered all the time spent searching patterns and actual vintage robes. I realized this was a true obsession. (Although my interest gravitates more towards the patterns than the made up ones.)
First I was merely focused on 1930s and 1940s robes. But after reading Peter aka Male Patterns Boldness' post about his 1920s kimono project I wanted one of those too.
I will share my two vintage dressing gowns with you soon in another post. Right now I just wanted to share some patterns I have been drooling over. I haven't bought any yet because so far I haven't been able to find one that 1. is (close to) my size 2. is complete 3. won't cost me a kidney.
(p.s. If you have any of these patterns or a similar one for sale or trade for a 30" - 34" bust, please let me know!)
Advance 2364. Someone on e-bay actually reproduced this pattern, but for the price you could buy an actual vintage pattern as well, and i'd really rather have the real one. Still, I have been debating whether I should buy it or not for over 2 weeks now.
Simplicity 3475. That same seller reproduced this one as well.
New York Gold Seal 1427
Du Barry 2270B