Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Butterick 5152: The 'Empress' Dressing Gown



Hello!  I know it's been awhile...things have been busy here as of late BUT I have managed to fit some sewing in!  One of the items I have wanted to add to my wardrobe the most is a 1940s dressing gown.  Enter Butterick 5152, a reissued vintage pattern from 1948 in perfect time for the Sew for Victory 2.0, a 1940s sew-along:


I made the dressing gown out of a rich and heavy silk jacquard fabric.  I've used a similar version of this fabric before (in red) to make a 1930's gown.  It sews like a dream.


The pattern consists of a yoked shoulder front, long 'puffed' sleeves and a wrap front held in place by a hook and eye.  I didn't have enough fabric to make the belt and my local fabric store is no longer carrying this fabric.  But I think that's fine as belts on robes are sometimes a bit annoying!  So I just wear my sans belt.  There are also subtle gathers on the front waist and more gathers on the back yoke.


The dressing gown goes perfectly with my 1940 McCall 'Wish Upon a Star' nightgown!  It's nice because the dressing gown doesn't have a collar which allows the collar and ties of the nightgown to show through.


I really adore the big puffy sleeves and I feel so glamorous when I wear this around the house!  Plus, it's nice and toasty – perfect for virtually every season here in Scotland!


Awww...look at the kitty...our dearest little Echo 'Chickpea'.  She's such a sweetie!!


I'm really trying to develop an entire wardrobe of 1930s and 40s inspired 'at-home' lounging and nightwear garments!  I just love how beautiful all the garment designs are from those time periods!

44 comments:

  1. Amazing! I can use myself a dressing gown. Well done!

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  2. How we ended up wearing sweatpants and teeshirts as 'loungewear' is beyond me. Who wouldn't choose something like this for the Sunday morning cuppa? Gorgeous.

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  3. This is grand! Great job!

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  4. glorious, debi. now i want a proper dressing gown to swan about in!

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  5. Absolutely stunning! That fabric is just amazing, such a perfect match with the pattern. I am crazy about 1930s and 1940s dressing gowns!

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  6. Wow, this is stunning work :D

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  7. How luxurious!! I'd never get dressed if I had something like this to lounge in.

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  8. This pattern has been in my stash for a long time and now I REALLY want to make it! Your version is both gorgeous and an inspiration. Lovely.

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  9. My fave pic is with the kitty! This dressing gown is so elegant.

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  10. What stunning fabric and perfect for the design. The picture of elegance!

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  11. Gorgeous! I have always wanted to see that pattern made up, and you certainly did it justice - fabulous fabric choice!

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  12. Debi, this is absolutely breathtaking! My goodness you look lovely! :)

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  13. Love those sleeves….so elegant!

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  14. Wow, that fabric is gorgeous and perfect for the dressing gown.

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  15. Oh Debi, it's simply DIVINE! What a gorgeous piece, and the color is stunning on you. I love it so much!!

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  16. Really pretty and such beautiful fabric!

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  17. Lovely. It's so very dramatic and of the period.

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  18. This is exquisite and you made it beautifully.

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  19. So glamorous and perfect!

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  20. Oh my gah, do you feel like Greta Garbo when you wear this? You're the very picture of elegance!

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  21. Very regal!!! I agree with you about belts on robes. They annoy me to smithereens! A hook and eye makes so much more sense and is aesthetically much nicer too.

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  22. Wow!!! I love the shape, the fabric, everything. I desperately need a dressing gown but, alas, have no sewing skills. It's probably time to scour the internet...

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  23. Totally glamorous. I love it!

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  24. Thanks Anthea!! Does the 1941 Lutterloh have any dressing gowns?

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  25. I know, right? I'm trying to replace my sweatpants and t-shirts :-)

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  26. Thanks Renee! I'm loving the dressing gowns from the time period as well...I've got a few more patterns to play with!!

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  27. Thanks Cathi! It was in my UFO pile for-ever....not sure why...maybe all that hemming :-) But the pattern is great to work with!

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  28. I know! Isn't the kitty a cutie?

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  29. Thanks Laura Mae! Have you ever thought of making this one?

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  30. Thanks Tempest! The sleeves are my favourite part too!! The fabric has just enough body to really make them stand out!

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  31. Thanks Tasha!! It's so much fun to wear too!

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  32. Thanks Ginger! I definitely feel better answering the door for the mailman (when he brings me another pattern envelope)...teeheee

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  33. So glad I'm not alone on that one! Robe belts are such a pain!! :-)

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  34. I think this is the most amazing self-made garment that I have seen in a while - so pretty, I am speechless!

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  35. I have pulled this one out quite a few times, often because I wanted to use the sleeves with a project I was working on - some day I will get to it . . . Thank you for reminding me of the design in a way I will not soon forget!

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  36. Fabulous! I have this pattern and would love to make it however I've never been quite sure which fabric to use. Your choice is perfect and the colour is rich and luxurious. You've inspired me to get making this before our next lovely Scottish winter. You are a very, very talented lady. Ann x

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I read each and every comment--thank you so much!

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