Victorian Wrapper/ Dressing Gown

victorian wrapper

I’ve sewn a victorian wrapper or dressing gown.

victorian flannel wrapper

‘Dressing-gowns are generally made of warm materials, for the winter, as flannels, either printed or plain […] For summer, they are of dimity, calico, twilled muslin, and sometimes, though rarely, of silk.’  (The Workwoman’s Guide, 1840)

victorian wrapper with roses

I’ve used an off-white cotton flannel fabric printed with pink roses and green leaves. As it was an old fabric, it had less fabric width than modern fabric, and I had less fabric than I wished. But the fabric seemed so suitable for an 1850s wrapper.

1850s flannel wrapper

This pretty fashion plate of an 1851 dressing gown printed with roses was my main inspiration. And here’s a ca. 1855 silk wrapper with printed roses.

victorian wrapper button closure

The wrapper is closed in front with silver and pearl buttons.

victorian underwear

The wrapper is worn over the corset and petticoats.

victorian cotton house dress

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