practically glamorous

07.14.10 {practically glamorous}

[ bright enough to make you wide awake! ]

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!

07.14.10 {practically glamorous}

[ the pattern. ]

07.14.10 {practically glamorous}

[ more pictures here. ]

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?). Something like this (luscious velvet, plush trim…):

[ myrna wins the woman with the most enviable robes award. ]

Hope everyone is having a lovely Wednesday!

July 14, 2010 · 24 lovely thoughts
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Mary Lou July 14, 2010 at 07:11

I love it! Aren’t housecoats wonderful? I really don’t know why they have fallen out of favor.

Claire July 14, 2010 at 07:21

Your housecoat is beautiful. I teach textiles to adult learners and one of my students turned 2 vintage robes into a wrap dress, she loved wearing them that much. Love the blog, frequent visitor but not commented before xx

Karin van D. July 14, 2010 at 08:07

You did it again. Now I want a house coat too. Although I have to say I think I would wear this one outside without even thinking. It’s pretty, you know?

Holly S. July 14, 2010 at 08:18

So cute! I love that print too.
I picked up a vintage hand-sewn wrap housedress from a thrift shop and love it so much I want to recreate it in other patterns. It is about knee-length…wonder if it was one that you wore over a dress for cleaning chores? I would like one of the glamourous full-length ones though. So 40′s movie star.
Yours is so adorable and I dig those inverted box pleats. Is that instead of darts?

Mugsy July 14, 2010 at 08:20

Quite sure Sailor Hubby likes all of these things, too :)

Say, is he ever going to model something you’ve made for him? Or is he not into that sort of thing…vintage style is either something you like or don’t like, I’ll admit.

bonita July 14, 2010 at 08:33

Wow, I really like the dress ~ it looks amazing. Just the thing to throw on in the mornings. Lovely and easy, but not slouchy. I find if I throw on something slouchy I tend to take forever to get going in the mornings. {One of the difficult things of homemaking ~ self motivation!}

But I could see myself having fun and getting on with things in this dress! And that robe pictured at the bottom ~ oh my….

b. of Depict This!

Tasia July 14, 2010 at 08:40

I love loud prints, and I’d totally wear that one in an ‘outside’ garment… but your housecoat is a pretty and practical way to wear a bright print comfortably! Lovely work!

ann July 14, 2010 at 10:37

Oh this reminds me of how much I want to make a summer robe, er, housecoat! The print is awesome.

Janice July 14, 2010 at 10:41

It’s beautiful! More loud prints please!

Lauren July 14, 2010 at 11:32

Wonderful! I adore your fabric choice. What a cheerful robe!

Jesslyn July 14, 2010 at 11:47

LOVE Nora and The Thin Man series!!

Erica July 14, 2010 at 11:49

Oh! I like this alot!! Very cute! & wonderful for lounging!


Amy July 14, 2010 at 12:15

I love in The Thin Man series when Nora always comes out of the bedroom in some lusciously long flowing robe.

Christina Thompson July 14, 2010 at 12:23

Once again I wish they started making things like this again. Regular robes are just not very pretty. A few weekend ago I was sick and my in-laws had come into town. I pretty much don’t let anyone but my husband see me in my pajamas, so I went through the whole ritual of dressing up even though I felt horrible. If I had something like this I wouldn’t of had to. :)

Catherine July 14, 2010 at 14:02

Your robe reminds me of robes my grandmother would wear first thing in the morning, always over her pj’s, and often she would make/eat breakfast in it, and possibly do random light cleaning things around the house before she got ready to go “do lunch”. Hers always had contrasting cuffs and collars.

That robe down the bottom worn by Myrna (who totally deserves that award) looks like it might be made out of silk velvet? I have some on my favourite jacket in the whole world and it drapes just like that – gorgeous!! The fur might be the tricky thing to track down though ;)

Jessica July 14, 2010 at 15:47

Love it! I keep meaning to sew a robe or housecoat, but somehow I never get around to it – maybe you will inspire me!

Victoria / Justice Pirate July 14, 2010 at 18:39

You did a beautiful job. Look at the gorgeous fabric choice too!

Shay July 14, 2010 at 19:27

Can you guarantee me that if I make a housecoat I’ll look as good as Myrna Loy?

(Sigh. Wishful thinking).

Christine H. July 14, 2010 at 21:46

Cute! Bold, bright prints are not really my style either, although I do love looking at them.

Do I see a series of inspiration posts based on Myrna’s robes in the future? ‘Cause I don’t think your readers would mind. I know I would love it! :D

Shona July 15, 2010 at 05:22

Beautiful print, it looks very authentic. Well done!

Doris July 15, 2010 at 09:33

We love The Thin Man at our house, recently purchased the box set… and you are right, Myrna (Nora) wins! Hands Down~ Your robe is pretty enviable as well…

Heather July 15, 2010 at 21:49

Love this! Sigh….wish I could sew. I altered a little summer dress the other day that was a bit too baggy. Hey, I guess that was my first step, right? hehehe….thanks for the inspiratioN!

Jolie July 17, 2010 at 17:54

You’ve been sewing these kinds of clothes because it’s summer time! Summer calls for practical, light, easy clothes. That’s what Mama and I call “chicken dresses” because we used to put dresses like that on to go feed the chickens.

andrea July 22, 2010 at 19:00

I so love Nick and Nora Charles. She is always the picture of elegance. Your housecoat is quite lovely!

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