Making an Edwardian Dressing Gown 7: Lining and Sewing

The great thing about dressing gowns and bath robes is that they sew up fast. In theory I could still insert piping, but sewing together the main body seams gets me this! And I don’t think I need it!


The next step is sew and baste on the lapels and cuffs. To attach them, I need the lining. Linings are not very interesting, but they can save a lot of work. For instance, in this garment I don’t have to wrestle with finishing the inside seams, because they will be invisible, hidden by the lining. To ensure that the garment hangs evenly I will hem the outer and the inner fabrics separately, and then tack them together at the seams. The skirt, which I may well wear hanging open, will be lined in red (because I happen to have a quantity of red taffeta lining) and I could piece it together at the back and through the upper body and sleeves with black. I bought two yards of black fabric for this, plenty.

But the key duty of the lining is to back up the lapels, so that I can attach them. I am using the lining to face the lapels because the dark spriggy fabric is already pretty stiff and heavy. Doubling face fabric is traditional but then they would be very heavy, possibly too much. Also, turning those scallops will be a lot easier if the backing is lighter. I want a neat sharp turn for each of those indentations, which will call for trimming and skill.






Making an Edwardian Dressing Gown 7: Lining and Sewing — 6 Comments

  1. This gown is going to be fabulous!
    I really like the black fabric peeping out at the box pleat in the back, and using it for the cuffs and collar and center lapels will give it just the contrast it needs.

    Lining the skirt with red will give it an interesting flash of color when you move, but I agree, you don’t need green piping on the seams to go with all that.

  2. Totally off topic, but might be important, and I don’t know how else to bring this to BVC’s attention.
    I’m not on LinkedIn so couldn’t check this myself, but on Jennifer Crusie’s blog I saw thr following warning:

    This affects the romance writing community (and writers generally) — there’s a new front on the book piracy front — LinkedIn’s I hate that LinkedIn is giving it an air of respectability.

    Anyway, if you’re an author, go to and do a search for your name. You may need to log in (if you have a LinkedIn account, log in there, and you don’t need to create a SlideShare account).

    If you don’t have a publisher, then go here and use the report form:

    I don’t know if it’s useful, but before I filed the report, I made a list of all the accounts that were pirating my books, so I could include it in the report.

    I think they do respond to reports, although there hasn’t been enough time for them to have responded to mine. It looks like my publisher’s report got most of the trade-published books removed (with just two left that were either missed or popped up more recently). The ones I reported are a couple self-pubbed non-fiction books so I had to do them myself.

    I didn’t check for all the Argh Authors, but there are definitely books by Jenny Crusie, Anne Stuart and Deborah Blake there, including audiobooks! It’s entirely possible these accounts are purely malware schemes, but it’s still not good. I’m not sure if the major publishers are on it yet, but they don’t seem to be. I saw all sorts of relatively recent bestsellers listed. LinkedIn really needs to do a better of job of discouraging this sort of thing if they don’t want their own reputation tarnished, but it will likely take some serious pressure from major publishers to make that happen.

  3. You are going to look absolutely splendid! So glad you are not doing the green piping 😉

  4. Thanks, Hanneke, I’ll pass this on to people who know.

    Yes, isn’t it amazing how once it’s assembled it is clear what is and is not going to work? Somewhere there are smarter people who can design a garment without experimentation, but I am not that person. However, with a dressing gown it’s relatively easy.

  5. No, it’s not really a for-warmth garment. Also it’ll be plenty heavy enough without adding more. If I can’t get my hands on castoffs from a production of TURANDOT I think I should wear this to the Dickens Fair. I will find a long quill pen and loung around moodily, scribbling.