|Knitted Nightingale, or convalescent's slip-on - early 20s|
When I first started collecting vintage patterns, I thought, what is this with the bedjackets? There were so many books of bedjackets around. They were obviously a must have for decades, but you don't see or hear of them these days. That got me thinking, when did the bedjacket drop out of the well dressed woman's wardrobe?
I have bedjacket patterns in books from the 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s and the newest bedjacket pattern I can find is in a Patons book from the late 70s - early 80s.
They were considered lingerie, and a necessity for the bride's trousseau. They also feature occasionally in books of baby patterns. I thought about this for a while...why? Aha! Because a pregnant woman needs a new bedjacket for her impending visit to hospital, of course.
|Book of Bedjackets and Baby Wear - 1940s|
Many would make beautiful cardigans or jackets. Here is one which I thought would do particularly well as a cardy, I just love it.
|Sun-glo pattern from the 40s|
|Sun-glo pattern from the 30s|
I think the bedjacket capes were especially beautiful. Here is one from my favourite Sun-glo book. This book was one of the first in my collection and belonged to my grandmother.
Here is a more dramatic bedjacket cape from Patons in the 30s.
But not just bedjackets...
|Loveliness Dressing Gown - 1930s|