Sometimes you get an idea for a project that feels like it comes out of no where, but once you sew up the item you realize it was so YOU all along!
Late in the summer, I started thinking about dressing gowns. House coats. House dresses. Hostess gowns. Hostess dresses. Brunch coats. Whatever you want to call them. Vintage dresses that zip up the front, of varying lengths and styles. I think the seed was planted when someone first suggested that the pattern for my 50s blouses that I sewed this summer would be great hacked into a dress with a zip up the front (since there’s already a center front seam—btw I toootally plan to do that next summer), much like the Bernie Dexter Mari dress. And I’d also made a floor-length maxi dress this summer. I think the two things just merged into my head, and I swished them around and popped out a seasonally-appropriate flannel dressing gown early this fall!
I used Butterick 7053, view B. View B is described as a robe although I prefer calling it a dressing gown, as I think of robes as open in the front and held shut with a belt and inner tie. View C, the shorter length, is described as a brunch coat.
It took yaaards of plaid cotton flannel (this one here from Mood). I think I needed about 4 and a half yards total. That’s… a lot of plaid. To wash, to dry, to work with, to match up the print.
I’d sewn with plaid before but for my intense love of plaid, not as often as you might think. The matching took quite some time (thankfully it prepped me for even more matching on a later project I’ll share soon). Is it 100%? Nope. But it’s pretty damn good, especially for including a huge skirt, center front seam, a 30″ long slot seam zipper up for the front, and set-in sleeves.
I liked that the original cover showed contrasting cuffs, collar and belt on the 3/4 sleeve view, and I kept that with some random red cotton in my stash. At a friend’s suggestion on Instagram, when I waffled between plaid or red on the belt, I did one on each side! It’s the perfect touch.
The turned back cuffs are a nice element, too.
And because who in the hell wants to lounge around their house without pockets, of course I added in-seam pockets!
I did a muslin first so I knew the bodice would fit the way I wanted, and just needed to lower the bust darts and shorten the waist as per usual. With a well-fitting bodice (which does relax a bit with wearing, it being flannel and all) and such a sweeping skirt, I feel completely glamorous in this, in the most casual and comfy of ways. It’s such a fun juxtaposition! And it’s long enough I could easily hide a layer of long underwear under it and no one (read: Mel and our pets, maybe the mail carrier… it’s not like I’m wearing this out into the world) would be the wiser.
All-in-all, a wonderful garment for colder months.
Pardon me while I go glamorously swish around my house in my dressing gown now!
dressing gown – made by me
shoes – M. Gemi
earrings – vintage