Long robe in vintage viyella fabric, size XS, to fit 34″ chest – generously sized. Below sleeves measures 21″ across – the cut is for men but garment is unisex – fits Ladies UK size 10-12 as front wrap gives room for bust. One patch pocket only. Wool/cotton blend viyella fabric is fine and hangs beautifully.
Back length is 46″, mid calf length on most people.
– 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
– Light in weight (approximately 400g) so easy to pack
– 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.
All Viyella fabric we use is vintage, from private collections sold on ebay, bought and carefully stored but never used. 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 a lightweight robe to be worn in a centrally heated house.