Sunday, September 1, 2013

HSF challenge #17: the lumberjack dressing gown

I got this challenge entry done by it's deadline, but between altering a friend's bridesmaid dress and making a dress for a neighbor, I haven't had much opportunity to post.
I'm not too fond of this dressing gown, to be honest. My original plan was to make a banyan for Mr. G, but he was unable to find any suitable fabric in time and so I had to improvise. This is bare bones, seat-of-pants, last minute stuff made from what I had closest to hand at the time and it shows. When I first looked through my stash, it seemed as though all the fabrics I had planned to use either had insufficient yardage or were in hiding, so I was left with seven yards of red gingham homespun that makes me look like a lumberjack. 

Here's the back. Along with the annoying-as-hell-to-hem collar.

I will not lie, this thing is probably going to be buried in the back of my closet and never see the light of day again.

The Historical Sew Fortnightly at

The Challenge:  Robes and Robings
Fabric:  Red gingham homespun
Pattern:  Period Impressions 1837 robe front day dress
Year:  1837
Notions: Thread and lace
How historically accurate is it?  Machine sewn, so not very
Hours to complete:  20
First worn: Never, and likely to stay that way.
Total cost: My sanity and dignity.