Whatever Happened to the Bed Jacket?January 17, 2017 / byPeter Lappin / Categories : Feeds
Friends, when is the last time you saw someone wear a bed jacket who wasn't starring in a 1940's film noir?
The bed jacket harks back to a time when many women (Lord knows, not all) weren't in any particular rush to get anywhere in the morning. A bed jacket was something to lounge in when you weren't quite ready for a full length robe (or peignoir). Today, the very idea of lounging at all seems to have gone the way of the bed jacket.
The front copy on the vintage McCall's bed jacket pattern below aptly defines its purpose:
The bed jacket was part of a lady's boudoir, along with a (preferably large) vanity mirror, cut crystal perfume bottles, frilly nightgowns, and satin bedroom slippers. It had a purpose, but a very narrow one.
Bed jacket sewing patterns were ubiquitous in the 1930's and 40's, still around in the 1950's and 60's, and had all but vanished in the 1970's for reasons you can probably figure out. The woman who once would loll about in a bed jacket chatting on the telephone extension or sipping tea was, by this time, more likely to be running off to work.
Bed jacket patterns went out with old-fashioned ideas about femininity, daintiness, and Hollywood-style glamour. Nobody wears a bed jacket for a Tinder hookup, right? They were the type of sewing project that involved hand-sewn embellishment techniques like embroidery, smocking, and quilting which, I'd argue, many more female sewers knew how, and were willing, to do. It's also a lot about finding the time.
In closing, friends, I ask you:
1) Do you now or have you ever worn a bed jacket similar to those above?
2) Do you remember anyone you know wearing a bed jacket -- mother, grandmother, closeted uncle?
3) Is the modern day equivalent of the bed jacket, a) a snuggie; b) a sweatshirt, c) central heating?
Is it time for the return of this glamorous garment?
BONUS: Name the celebrities featured above for extra credit!
This is a syndicated post. Please visit the original author at male pattern boldness
You may like
When it was released a few years ago, the Deer & Doe Bruyere shirt pattern felt like a breath of fresh air. At the time, the relaxed-fit Grainline Archer was everywhere, and the Bruyere offered some unique details for a button-down shirt: a fitted bodice, a waistband, and general fit-and-flare shape. I instantly fell in…read more
Crisp white shirting and comfy gray trousers make for an easy summer work outfit. Hope you have a great start to your week and thanks for stopping by! *** Shirt – Ann Taylor (plus today is the last day for 40% off! here | similar styles: here, here and here) Trousers – Ayr (old | similar […]read more
About a year ago I attended Melbourne’s first restash event. It’s a get-together where you take fabric, patterns, and any other sewing supplies that you no longer require, put them onto long tables, then take home things that other people have brought along! I think that I came home with less than I took (which… Continue reading McCalls 7125read more