1940’s Movie Star Dressing Gown

Mariya Lilith Mariya Lilith Mariya Lilith

 

YWU17 beg runMy inspiration was the dressing gown Lucille Ball wore on her TV show. I used to watch her show when I was a kid and I always thought her dressing gown seemed so glamorous, as were many of the dressing gowns appearing in the movies.

I’m a beginner. I’ve sewn less than a dozen items in my lifetime. This dressing gown was based on an advanced pattern: Vogue 2714. I altered the front, collar and sleeves. I kept the sides and back the same. I chose a cotton velour with a cotton lining that I washed and dried the way I would normally. I really wanted to make sure that this item would be easy to care for.

This was a challenge. First, I wasn’t planning on entering. I have had a very eventful year. However, when I received the email from Harman Hay on January 13th, “Competiton Time” I just had to see if I could do this. Everything, from purchasing the fabric to sewing the dressing gown was done from that that day. I wanted to challenge myself ~ for me, this was an exercise to build confidence.  

This is the first time I successfully sewed sleeves ☺ Making alterations on the fly was a challenge. The short amount of time that I was working with was a challenge. I’ve never sewn velvet before.

Things I’d change if I were doing it over: I’d use a silkier material for the lining and maybe a silk velvet or some other material that isn’t as heavy ~ although this will be lovely for the coldest winter nights. Also, I’d work out the changes in muslin first.

Things I liked: It feels glamorous, yet casual. Add a clip and I can wear it to the theatre. If someone comes over I can put this on over pjs, or nightgown and I feel “dressed.”

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Saraquill  
  Was it difficult working on material with a pile?  
 
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Mariya  
Response   Very! But not as tough as I thought it would be. I think silk velvet would have been awesome to work with but it's very expensive and doesn't seem to be made in a width wider than 45".  
 
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rileysfarm  
  What a fun project! It does look very glamorous (and comfortable!).  
 
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Mariya  
Response   Thank you! It was. It does feel pretty glamorous.  
 
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lulubella  
  Oh, I used to covet Lucille Ball's dressing gowns, too! I think she wore them over cigarette pants with ballet slippers. I love your version, you look great in it! And as you said, versatile, so a double win.  
 
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Mariya  
Response   She did! Over Cigarette pants with ballet slippers. Many of the outfits she wore on the show feel contemporary and could easily fit in most wardrobes.  
 
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cirque  
  Congratulations , you've done a wonderful job of evoking the 1940's glamour.  
 
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Mariya  
Response   Thank you.  
 
Denise Hendrick  
  You did a wonderful job! It looks both comfortable and elegant.  
 
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Mariya  
Response   It is :) Thank you.  
 

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