The “This Old Thing?” Robe
Fabric: Rayon, thrifted, $1
Pattern: Simplicity 1799, $1
Year: c. 1942
Time to complete: 4 hours
First worn: October 2011
Wear again? Yes.
Total Cost: ~$2
Here's a little secret about me: I always have full makeup, done up hair and heels when I lounge around my house in my robe. What? That's not what you do?
Here's the real secret: My lounging attire usually consists of oversized sweats, some weird T-shirt that I got at a conference or the pajamas I've had since I was a teenager (I'm wearing the bottoms right now!). The notion that I could actually lounge around in something half-way respectable blows my mind!
So for this challenge I decided to do the unthinkable — make a robe that I actually would wear around the house and not look like a college freshman home for the weekend. Oddly, I had quite a few robe, pajamas and house coat patterns to choose from. I decided to go with Simplicity 1799 from 1942 because I wanted short sleeves and a knee-length robe.
The fabric I chose was a perfect non-vintage rayon that actually looks surprisingly like a 1940s-1950s rayon. As much as I love rayons, I tend not to work with them that much since they're in my "hoarding" pile. While a crisp cotton would have been easier to sew, I do love the final drape of this rayon robe.
And let me tell you how much I love an outfit that has a wrap closure! No zippers, no buttons and no Mena Tests! I'm starting to think I want to be the crazy lady who only wears robes out in public.
I do sort of wish I had made the longer version, however. Next time.