dressing gown

On Saturday evening I felt like doing some dressmaking.

All the shops were shut

so I had to make whatever I could with whatever I had.

Which turned out to be a dressing gown made from an old wool blanket.


I found a vintage pattern

and decided to leave out the lace collar and four of the buttons

to make a simple empire line dressing gown.


I only just had enough fabric which helps to explain the un-even stripes.

The glass of red wine probably explains the rest…

But, it’s very warm and fits beautifully so, all things considered I’m rather pleased with it.

























18 Responses to “dressing gown”

  1. Evie Says:
    January 18th, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    What is it they say about necessity being the mother of invention? This is beautiful…and I love the stripe placement.

  2. Anita Says:
    January 18th, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    I love that the stripes end up in different places. It looks so cozy!

  3. Dotty Says:
    January 18th, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    It is lovely and I love that you have given an old blanket a new lease of life!

  4. wonderwoman Says:
    January 18th, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    wow am impressed – its lovely! xx

  5. mandy james Says:
    January 18th, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    I’d wear it to go out in! I just love it. xxx

  6. ginny Says:
    January 18th, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    Love it! good to see you creating for you. xx
    speak soon xx

  7. Lenna Green Says:
    January 19th, 2012 at 12:34 am

    Just love your dressing gown creation, you are very clever. I imagine it would be very snug and warm.

  8. jo Says:
    January 19th, 2012 at 9:23 am

    so you should do its, beautiful.

  9. lily boot Says:
    January 19th, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    that is so marvellous! I’d never thought about using an old blanket for this – it would be so toasty. I have a yucky polar fleece which I hardly ever wear – prefering to be cold – I might have to make a blanket dressing gown for this winter – and I adore the empire waist line.

  10. Le rat des fils Says:
    January 20th, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    How to turn old stuff into new things. It applies to quilting as it does to sewing.
    You have achieved wonders !
    It looks warm and cosy. You feel like snuggling into it.

  11. monica Says:
    January 21st, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    it’s gorgeous!!!

    you talented lady.

  12. Pat Sieler Says:
    January 23rd, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    What a cute robe. Very, very cute! And I especially like the use of the blanket.

  13. Laura Says:
    January 28th, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    The more I see it, the more I love it. But I am also very partial to striped blankets, being Canadian and all!

  14. kelly Says:
    February 1st, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    how amazing, your dressing gown looks just perfect – i’d love one like that – might have to start pattern searching!

  15. margie Says:
    February 3rd, 2012 at 9:01 am

    hello janet..finally having a minute to pop in to say hi..i love this gown and a glass of red is just what i am up to tonight being friday ..yah for fridays..my friend is making little girls jackets from ole blankets they are quite divine..but has i have grand baby boys..will have to wait to purchase one…happy days margie

  16. Claire Says:
    February 13th, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    fantastic, love the wallpaper too.

  17. puddles and price Says:
    March 4th, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    Wow! This wool gown turned out really nice.

  18. maya Says:
    May 2nd, 2013 at 1:02 am

    thank you dear clair,
    for your wonderful idea.i love to make my own dress.
    but, do not know to draw.

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