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« on: June 26, 2014, 10:29:07 AM »

I am looking for a pattern for a mans' wrapper that is correct for the 1860's.  I recently saw a picture of the bright paisley wrapper that Jefferson Davis had and would like to make something similar. 
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« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2014, 01:33:10 PM »

The Workwoman's Guide has instructions for unisex dressing gowns: http://books.google.com/books?id=JCsBAAAAQAAJ&pg=PA70&dq=%22dressing+jacket%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=kHOsU_7mFYOayATqpoHQCQ&ved=0CDcQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=%22dressing%20gown%22&f=false

And there's a smoking-jacket description which may also help: http://books.google.com/books?id=21YEAAAAQAAJ&pg=PA122&dq=%22smoking+jacket%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=NXCsU-f6MI2cyAS6hYKwBg&ved=0CFMQ6AEwBQ#v=onepage&q=%22smoking%20jacket%22&f=false

I also came across "wrapper" and "robe de chambre" used to describe both men's and women's un-dress garments, but couldn't find any patterns. 
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« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2014, 11:52:38 AM »

Thanks, I did find a pattern for a Hospital Wrapper on a USSC page but not sure that is intended for casual dress over a suit. 
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« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2014, 12:27:00 PM »

The USSC wrapper pattern is a dead on common style of men's wrapper.
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« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2014, 01:22:21 PM »

Thank you, now to find some wild paisley wool.
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« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2014, 04:57:24 PM »

Sometimes also called a Banyan, although that may be a bit old-fashioned for the period.
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« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2014, 08:39:00 AM »

I am looking for a pattern for a mans' wrapper that is correct for the 1860's.  I recently saw a picture of the bright paisley wrapper that Jefferson Davis had and would like to make something similar. 
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You may be interested in this old thread:

http://thesewingacademy.org/index.php?topic=6435.0
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« Reply #7 on: July 03, 2014, 08:36:26 AM »

Thank you for the link Jim.  That answered a lot of questions.
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