1882 Tea Gown, Part I: Fabric and Sketch

👗👚👠 HELLO SISTERS. A CLOSET CAN BE IMPORTANT BUT SKETCHES ABOUT DRESSING ALSO MATTERS.

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I can’t remember where I got the idea, but I’ve been wanting a Victorian tea gown for a while now. What’s a tea gown? It started off as a casual morning wrapper to be worn for informal at-home occasions, and then apparently got more stylized and formalized over time until it became a whole new mode of dress– still for wearing at home, but no longer something it was unacceptable to be seen in by visitors. Jennifer Rosbrugh has a nice history of them here, and The Dreamstress has another excellent explanation here.

Anyway, I loved the concept, and after a little bit more research I decided to base my own tea gown on Truly Victorian 432. It looks relatively straightforward, and has Watteau pleats in the back (shades of a robe a la francaise!) that I love the look of.

While I was in Los Angeles…

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  1. i found this sister’s article fun and creative. I’ve gone over to follow her. Thank you for sharing!

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