1920s Kimono Robe for #vintagepledge


Glamorous 1920s robe or Joseph's Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat? I thought I was making the former, but the boyfriend assures me it looks more like the latter. Either way though, I'm pretty smitten with my second Vintage Sewing Pattern Pledge make. Despite the fabric being a £1 p/m polyester from the Birmingham Rag Market (which Amy, Helen and Roisin splurged on too), I find the print and feel of it so luxurious! With only just 2 metres to play around with, I wanted a pattern that would show off the unusual border print, so enter this 1920s robe pattern from Mrs Depew Vintage.




The neck and sleeve bands show off the border print brilliantly, whilst the unbroken shape of the robe is the perfect canvas for the delightful floral print. I love the colours so much!



I treated my £1 p/m polyester like the most exquisite silk, French seaming everything and hand stitching the raw edges of the neck and sleeve bands, as well as the hem. This was no mean feat, as polyester is so tricky to press! But Amy's wise words to press polyester long and hard on a cool setting got me through. 


Pattern wise I sewed up the shorter length in a medium and the size is spot on. The only changes I made were minor. I took a little length off the sleeves and I had to half the width of the belt. I was looking forward to the wider, more authentic-looking belt, but the medium size barely wrapped around me, let alone tied up. Due to my limited fabric length, I joined the top and bottom of the belt to make one longer piece and folded into half before stitching. Let me tell you, turning out such a long and skinny belt was a nightmare! 



I think it's because I've never owned a floaty robe before, but I really love this 1920s number with it's super roomy sleeves! It makes me feel so feminine and I daydream of donning it to do my hair and make-up for a glamorous night out, or to simply saunter around the house in. The boyfriend helpfully pointed out that being polyester, it will probably make my sweat. Probably true, but meh!

What are your thoughts on my robe? 

Don't forget to check out the #vintagepledge Pinterest board to see what delightful projects people are contributing!

52 comments:

  1. gorgeous, the colours _are_ fabulous and you used the border print so well ;o)

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    1. Thank you! I was pretty pleased when I came up with the idea ;o)

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  2. This is lovely. Really pretty fabric with great colours. Xx

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  3. Glorious! Perfect use of the fabric.

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  4. Love this! The print is so much fun.

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    1. it really is one of my favourite prints ever!

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  5. Love this! And I think the fabric is perfect! I love wearing robes - I actually am not a big fan of wearing pajamas (ahem) but I love to throw on a flowy robe to start my day! You've inspired me to make a pretty floral one!

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    1. Oh Sallie...you minx ;o) I can already see you floating around in a floral number :o)

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  6. Gorgeous, a perfect use for that vibrant fabric. And another Vintage Pledge make done too!

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    1. Yes...two down...three to go :o)

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  7. GLAM, bam, thank you, ma'am! I LOVE it. The gent doesn't know what he's talking about. :-D

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    1. Hehe, great comment...thank you!

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  8. Who cares if you get sweaty? You look glamorous and that's all there is to it ;)

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  9. so beautiful! I didn't realise that Mrs Depew also had full scale patterns, I thought they all were draft at home patterns and I'm not sure how well that would turn out. But Now I want to try that pattern as well, I love the wide sleeves.

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    1. Oh yes, Mrs Depew has all sorts of delicious patterns on offer!

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  10. Wow - this is beautiful! I've been ogling robes like this for a while, so I might have to get round to making my own now.

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  11. Oh it's lovely Marie, you glamour puss! x

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    1. It's all an illusion...haha!xx

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  12. Holy cow, this is pure glamour!!! I looooooooooooooove this! My super baggy, plaid flannel, 15 year-old (!) bathrobe could probably use replacing...

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    1. Do it Sonja, you won't regret it!

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  13. Wow this is so gorgeous Marie! That fabric is a real find, I can't believe it was only £1 a metre! You've really used that border print to it's best advantage, beautiful sewing!

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    1. Yeah, it was a total bargain! Thanks for your kind words :o)

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  14. Oh wow! You look like a movie star! A comfy and glamorous movie star 😀 What a gorgeous make!

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  15. I was just dreaming of replacing my brown velour dressing gown with a glamourous vintage housecoat and then your gorgeous gown popped up. It's stunning, Marie. As are you xxx

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    1. It's serendipity Janene...you know what you have to do now ;o)

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  16. I LOVE that fabric! That was such a good deal for £1! And you look fabulous in that robe!

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  17. Oh my goodness! I like your even better than I like mine! You've done stunning work with the print and thank you so much for linking back to the pattern. You look marvelous, my dear!

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    1. Thanks Anna! We can swap when we get bored of our respective robes ;o)

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  18. Marie, that is utterly gorgeous! Not dreamcoatish at all, more like Dreamy Robe! The print in the fabric really looks brilliant with the simple shape of the robe. I adore it!!

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    1. Ooooh, Dreamy Robe...i'll take that :o)

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  19. This fabric is sooooooo awesome! I have a hard time wearing polyester because my skin hates it, but I think if I stumbled upon this print I'd absolutely have to buy it! The colors are beautiful and it suits a 1920s robe pattern perfectly :)

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    1. Thank you Rochelle! Such a shame it's polyester, but the print and price were too good to pass up!

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  20. You definitely look like you should be swanning around with a drink in hand getting dressed for some fancy soirée. I love the way you've used the border print. It looks fantastic!

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