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40s floral housecoat

Added Jul 14, 2010

by elegantmusings

Virginia, Virgin...






For some reason my choice of sewing projects of late have had a lot to do with practicality; things that can fill some long-time gaps in my wardrobe. Instead of sewing yet another blue skirt or cute dress, I’ve been opting for projects that are still as useful as perhaps needed more because I’ve put them off for so long (see Casey’s Oft-Put-Off List: swimsuit, more shorts, a lightweight jacket, etc.). Saturday I cut out a robe (or housecoat, as I prefer to call it–it sounds better) and whipped it up in a couple evenings of sewing. I used a 40s Advance pattern I had won on Ebay a couple months ago, and although it was missing the instructions, it was a straight forward style that really wasn’t too hard to muddle through!

I used a lightweight cotton for the body of the housecoat; it’s similar to a lawn, although it was in the clearance section of quilting fabrics when I bought it. It’s pretty wild, isn’t it?! After sitting on my fabric shelves for a couple months, I knew the bright print wasn’t ever going to make it to a daydress, so this seemed like a better fit. (Even though I can be pretty out there with what I wear, loud prints are just outside my comfort zone!) Which means it’s a nice, summer weight piece that I can wear for most of the year down here. And yes, I’ve already been wearing this: it definitely fits the bill of something kind of glamorous to throw on first thing in the morning (or lounge around in on the weekends). Although to be truly glamorous, it’d have to be of chenille or satin (although the latter wouldn’t be too practical for doing dishes or sitting curled up on the sofa knitting, would it?).

Material Notes





Spring, Summer
Garment Type

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    Jul 31, 2010, 01.03 AMby rifka

    Love this dress. I think you need to host a party in it!

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    Jul 15, 2010, 08.41 AMby carolyn-s

    This is so pretty! Will make a beautiful day dress, far too pretty for housework. More like a worthy contender for a 5pm margarita with the girls…

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    Jul 14, 2010, 11.36 PMby gillthecat

    jeez its fab,, can quite picture doing the housework in it though,, on the sofa with a g and t i think

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    Jul 14, 2010, 06.33 PMby spod

    It’s still glamourous in this style and print despite not being satin. The print is perfect – nice and cheery in the mornings and it looks really vintage.

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    Jul 14, 2010, 03.25 PMby Ralf Schmitz

    i really love that dress, AND the background of your picture with the fantastic fabricflowers on the wall!!!!

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    Jul 14, 2010, 01.57 PMby wzrdreams

    Very cute! I love the print. It is loud, but the colors are not too crazy and they work well together.

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