Peignoir in Japanese silk

I was given this Japanese silk blend fabric by one of my lovely work colleagues. It was a massive 16 metres long, but only 72cms (28″) wide. It was given to me to use to make bags for charity, but, given how many bags it would make, I thought I might take some for a glamorous robe, which I’ve called a peignoir as bathrobe or dressing gown doesn’t seem to do it justice.

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Doris is modelling for me as the fabric is remarkably diaphanous and I couldn’t find anything appropriate to wear under it. I think the fabric has been stored for a while as there was quite a lot of foxing. I consulted various textile museum sites to see how to address this, but in the end simply washed the fabric. I did get rid of some of it, but not all. There were also wear lines where the fabric had been folded so I cut around these.

The pattern is quite elegant. I really like the way that the ties are grafted into the back pattern pieces.

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In order to fit the wide pattern pieces on to very narrow fabric, I joined the fabric together, so every pattern piece consists of two lengths of fabric and there is a centre back seam which is not in the original pattern.

I am pleased with the final product, and suspect that it will get a lot of use. The colours are exquisite, really delicate and quite pretty.

I have begun cutting the remaining 3 metres into linings for Japanese bags, and I think there’s a nice symmetry in making Japanese bags from Japanese fabric!

In a nutshell: Pattern is Vogue 8888, made from Japanese silk blend donated to my stash. Model is Doris the dummy.

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18 thoughts on “Peignoir in Japanese silk

  1. It actually looks really good !! mexx

    From: fadanista <comment-reply@wordpress.com> Reply-To: fadanista <comment+_jqchn67v51abnlhozqs3ku@comment.wordpress.com> Date: Monday, 23 February 2015 2:01 PM To: ITSC <m.stoney@ecu.edu.au> Subject: [New post] Peignoir in Japanese silk

    Fadanista posted: “I was given this Japanese silk blend fabric by one of my lovely work colleagues. It was a massive 16 metres long, but only 72cms (28″) wide. It was given to me to use to make bags for charity, but, given how many bags it would make, I thought I might take”

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  2. Lovely piece Fad, I have a big stash of 30cm wide Japanese fabric from unpicked kimonos – you might like to have a look through and select some for the next Peignoir!! I must confess, that I did have a pang of guilt when I unpicked all those beautiful, delicate and precise stitches that kept each strip together – silk thread and all. Enjoy your day!

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  3. Beautiful peignoir. Very fitting name for such a glamorous robe and that print is so delicate and pretty. Don’t think it will look too good with your flannelette pj’s though 🙂 You might have to make something a little more suitable to match.

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  4. Any problem sewing such a light fabric? I’m thinking of the last episode of The Great British Sewing Bee where they’re all having trouble with sheer fabrics. Your new peignoir is a beauty and Doris is wearing it gracefully! A suggestion for using more of this beautiful silk : the shorties included in the Carolyn pj pattern + a camisole cut on the biais.

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    1. It was quite easy to sew, it wasn’t chiffon, but silk blend so it had a bit more body. I think your suggestion is terrific, but I promised the donor that I would make some bags for charity with the leftovers, so I had better do that 🙂

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