Long robe in vintage Viyella cotton and wool blend fabric, dark red with small motif in grey, grey viyella trim mens size, size Small. Classic subtle look.
Nominally to fit 37″ chest but generous -below sleeves it measures 21″ across – the cut is for men but garment is unisex so fits Ladies UK size 12-14.
This garment is made from a vintage remnant so I offer it only in size Small.
Back length is 48″, mid calf length on most people.
– 2 front patch pockets, hanging loop at centre back neck and belt loops on side seams, tie belt.
– Sleeves are designed to fold back so sleeve length can be adapted
– generous front wrapover,
– It suits both men and ladies
– It is light in weight (approximately 400g) so easy to pack
– opaque so it is good for travelling and wandering around the house in
– 100% vintage viyella so will wash on wool cycle of washing machine
Some background on Viyella fabric:
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 fibres, and because it is better to enjoy wearing vintage fabrics rather than create new ones.