Readers, it seems there will be 1920's pajamas this coming August. And a kimono-style robe.
I went fabric shopping today. At first I explored silk crepe de chine, but it was too expensive. Instead I opted for some soft-as-silk (or nearly) cottons, which are also easier to work with.
I like to think I'm not the type of fabric shopper who agonizes over his choices. In a store the size of Mood, if you let yourself be overwhelmed you'll never leave with with anything. I remind myself that there are many good choices and, in the worst case, I can always get something else.
For this project, I wanted to explore a muted palette. I found myself drawn to soft purples, cocoa browns and pale pinks. But I've done a lot of pink. I opted instead for acid greens.
Here's what I bought, and I'm not entirely sure in what combination I'll use them.
I'm pretty sure the kimono robe will be this floral cotton voile-like print. It's slightly sheer with a lovely drape. I have two yards of a 54" bolt. (I expect it will be basically a bunch of rectangles.) It has a William Morris-y feel.
This is the type of thing I have in mind (lower left), only considerably shorter. (This is a Mrs. Depew pattern from Etsy. Has anyone ever used one?)
To add some richness and heft, I bought a yard of chartreuse cotton sateen -- cheaper than silk satin but still heavy and lustrous.
To pull things together, I can also use the chartreuse sateen on the pajamas trim. For the pajamas I chose two fabrics: a silky cocoa brown (2 yds) and a muted eggplant (1 yd). (I could also trim the robe with either one instead of the chartreuse sateen.)
Here's everything together:
The pajama top and bottom could also be different colors.
I didn't have it in mind specifically, but here are some William Morris prints with somewhat similar tones:
In other news, friends, today I also bought dressmaking pins, style tape for draping, and five yards of cotton muslin. Learning draping -- or starting to -- is my other big project for the month.
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