1920′s Ladies Pajamas and Kimono

1920s style loungewear cotton shirting cotton lawn

I am continuously inspired by the gorgeous shirting-weight cottons (prints and solids) available at Mood Fabrics.  Last month I used one for a men’s shirt.  This month I decided to try something different.  I was delighted to find, at the Chelsea Flea Market earlier this summer, an original 1920′s ladies pajamas pattern, Butterick 4639.

1920s style loungewear cotton shirting cotton lawn

I so loved the coffee brown cotton I used for my shirt in August that I decided to use what remained of it, along with a mauve cotton of a similar quality, to make the vintage pajamas.  The muted colors suit the period, I think. Editor’s note: We have gazillions of luxurious cotton shirtings at MoodFabrics.com.

1920s style loungewear cotton shirting cotton lawn

For a cover-up, I decided to make a vintage-style kimono, using an elegant cotton lawn floral print and contrasting chartreuse cotton sateen for trim. Editor’s note: Loads of pretty cotton prints here at MoodFabrics.com.

1920s style loungewear cotton shirting cotton lawn

Finally, in Mood’s large notion’s department, I found heavy gold rope for a belt.  Perfect!

1920s style loungewear cotton shirting cotton lawn

Here’s the ensemble on my cousin Cathy Lane, who took time out of her busy schedule to model it for me.  The pajamas:

1920s style loungewear cotton shirting cotton lawn

1920s style loungewear cotton shirting cotton lawn

1920s style loungewear cotton shirting cotton lawn

Dressed up with the kimono and a little bling, these pajamas also make a chic ensemble for home entertaining, flapper-style!

1920s style loungewear cotton shirting cotton lawn

Cathy’s inner “Mame” emerges when she’s wearing this outfit, for some reason.

1920s style loungewear cotton shirting cotton lawn

As sleepwear or loungewear, this 1920′s ensemble is the cat’s pajamas, not to mention the caterpillar’s kimono, don’t you think?

1920s style loungewear cotton shirting cotton lawn

1920s style loungewear cotton shirting cotton lawn

1920s style loungewear cotton shirting cotton lawn

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Comments


  • Lauren
    September 5, 2013

    I normally don’t care much for 1920s styles, but Cathy really looks good in everything :) Great job with this, I love all those colors together – and especially that jacket! It really turned out lovely :)

  • Candyce Nicole
    September 5, 2013

    I adore the kimono!! Cathy looks divine.

  • Rhonda M.
    September 5, 2013

    Yes. Yes. Yes.

  • Lori
    September 5, 2013

    Beautiful kimono and the entire style is glamorous. Incredible job once again.

  • Jeannie Neely
    September 5, 2013

    The cat’s whiskers as well! Lovely.
    Jeannie

  • Mae Wilson
    September 5, 2013

    That’s fabulous!

  • Lisette
    September 5, 2013

    I’ll bet Cathy will be getting her call from Downton Abbey’s casting group any day now! Really lovely! Given my past experiences with vintage pajamas, I didn’t expect them to look as chic as they do. The color palette is truly fabulous.

  • Linda
    September 5, 2013

    I just bought a cool kimono robe for hubby’s bday and was thinking to use some of my gorgeous Indian silk saree fabrics to make one for me and now look at YOU! It is FAB!!! I want that pattern! Nice work!

  • Elizabeth
    September 5, 2013

    “Life’s a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death!!”

    Absolutely gorgeous!

  • Ben
    September 5, 2013

    This one is definitely a winner. And that first photo with the red brick background – OHLA-LA. You don’t get better than that.

  • Cathie
    September 5, 2013

    Just gorgeous colours, style, and sewing, Peter! I adore (!!!!!!!!!!!!) 20′s clothing, and have been drooling over the DK Smithsonian costume book. Great ideas to try!
    Cathie, in Quebec.

  • DebB
    September 5, 2013

    Well, you obviously found Cathy’s happy place with those pajamas and kimono. What a great ensemble!

  • Sarah Gunn
    September 5, 2013

    I hope Cathy considers auditioning for The Mikado. That gorgeous ensemble will overcome any shortcomings elsewhere :)

  • Lisa Sullivan
    September 5, 2013

    Ta DA

  • Roberta
    September 5, 2013

    Must. Have. This. Outfit.

  • Peter
    September 6, 2013

    Thanks, everybody!

  • Testosterone
    September 6, 2013

    Only Cathy can make a smokey treat look tres chic.

    She elevated pajamas into daywear, succeeding where countless others failed – but isn’t that the story of her life?

  • Clio
    September 6, 2013

    Cathy eve looks chic first thing in the morning!

  • oonaballoona
    September 6, 2013

    cathy smokes?! but how does she keep her youthful complexion?!

    i LOVE that first shot, i have never wanted a loungewear set more. does it come with a constant breeze?

    • Peter
      September 6, 2013

      She doesn’t inhate.

      One should always carry a fan, just in case!

      • Peter
        September 6, 2013

        *inhale

  • carolyn roemer
    September 6, 2013

    Very imaginative and fun.

  • Erica B.
    September 7, 2013

    Well aren’t you just fabulous! The current trend is to wear a kimono over a white tank and denim cutoffs. So feel free to package that one up and ship it to me!

  • ThisisCarrie
    September 8, 2013

    I’ve never longed for a kimono until today. Great color combos!

  • Ginger
    September 9, 2013

    Amazing ensemble! This isn’t a color palette I would’ve considered, but it really works together and looks so lovely!

  • Amy
    September 10, 2013

    What a shoot! And, what a fabulous pajama ensemble. I hope you find lots of reasons to pull out that kimono!

  • Madeline
    September 12, 2013

    That kimono is gorgeous. Is it a pattern of your own design? I’m dying to make one now!

    • Peter
      September 13, 2013

      Madeline, I used a generic-looking 80′s-era Butterick robe pattern and added my own sleeves, but there are a few Simplicity kimono patterns out there — not sure if they’re in print but they’re available on Etsy and/or eBay: Simplicity 4080 (a costume pattern) and 2940. Good luck with it!

  • Freija
    September 13, 2013

    One of the vendors on the website Craftsy.com has two different kimono patterns for sale. The difference between the two is in the finishing as is explained in the description. While you’re there you might want to explore the site it is a true compliment to Mood.