Long robe in vintage Viyella cloth, a cotton and wool blend fabric in a red polka dot print. Mens size Medium to fit 40″ chest but generous – below sleeves the robe measures 22″ across – the cut is for men but garment is unisex so fits at least Ladies UK size 16.
This garment is made from a vintage remnant and available only in size Medium.
Back length is 51″, calf length on most people. Generous front wrap.
Two front patch pockets, hanging loop at back neck, belt loops on side seams, tie belt.
Sleeves are designed to fold back so sleeve length can be adjusted.
Weighs approximately 410g
Viyella washes on wool cycle of washing machine
Viyella was first woven in England in 1893 by William Hollins & Co as an unshrinkable fine wool flannel, combing lightness, warmth and durability, – a blend of 55% wool and 45% cotton in a twill weave. It was used for shirts, nightgowns, dresses and children’s clothes. It was exported all round the world.
In 1894 Viyella became the first officially branded fabric in the world.
The name soon became a brand of its own right, and still exists today but only as a fashion brand – manufacture of the fabric was discontinued towards the end of the C20th.
So all Viyella fabric I use is vintage, from private collections sold on ebay, bought and carefully stored but never used. I have remnants from various dates, widths and designs, and the proportions of wool to cotton varies from 55% to 20%.
The blending of wool with cotton makes it soft and cosy, resistant to creasing and to odour, allowing reduced washing frequency- making it ideal for robes, particularly in centrally heated houses where you only need a light cover up.
Viyella is lovely to sew, as it is fine, soft yet firm. It is lovely to wear for the same reasons.
It is environmentally sound, being of natural fibre, and because it is better to enjoy wearing