Robe in vintage leafy floral Viyella – XL only


Long robe in vintage Viyella, cotton and wool blend fabric in a dark cherry red leafy floral print, size XL. To fit men’s chest size 46″ but the garment is unisex so will fit bigger on a woman as there is a good amount of wrap across the front.

Across body below sleeves it measures 25″ across.

This garment is made from a vintage remnant so only available in size XL.
Back length is 50″, calf length on most people.

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 460g

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


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