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A Victorian nightgown is a wonderful addition to any womens sleepwear collection.
The mere mention of ladies sleepwear from the Victorian era calls to mind yards of soft, billowy white cotton, satin ribbons, lace, and wafts of delicate perfume and feminine intimate apparel.
Many such night gowns are readily available today; however, there are other, more modern interpretations of Victorian nightgowns that may be wonderful choices for women with different tastes in womens sleepwear.
The most creative among them may elect to sew their own nightgowns sleepwear, using for inspiration the multitude of Victorian patterns available at craft stores and through the Internet.
Skilled lingerie sewers may modify these venerable Victorian intimate apparel styles through the use of new, funky fabrics and trims, or by adding new and fresh embellishments.
The Vermont Country Store is a fantastic purveyor of many such nightgowns. This retailer offers the line of Lanz nightgowns. Many of these long nightgowns garments combine traditional Victorian styling (high yokes, puffy sleeves, pintucks, lace) with more modern, colorful prints that may be especially attractive to younger women.
One such style is the Cherry flannel sleepwear which is an offering of a traditional Victorian silhouette in a fabric festooned with tiny, vibrant cherries.
Another beautiful nightgown by Lanz is the Send Hearts Aflutter style.
This is a sleeveless, Victorian-inspired style with lace straps and a delicate, yellow butterfly print that falls to the ankle and ends in a flouncy, thick ruffle.
Many women enjoy the look of Victorian womens sleepwear with some more modern elements, such as the aforementioned prints.
Other women may enjoy a step in the other direction: nightgowns that are artisanal, historic reproductions produced entirely by hand to exacting historical specifications.
These undergarments may be astronomically expensive; however, there is no comparison between these night gowns and anything mass-produced. They are truly works of art!
One such company offering these garments is Recollections, whose large inventory includes several white cotton nightgowns.
The Flannel Nightgown style has a high, buttoned neck, puffy sleeves with elastic, lace cuffs, and a thick ruffle at the hem. The front buttons are faux-pearl.
These long nightgowns are custom-made when each order is placed, and are available in sizes XS up to XXXXL.
Unlike many historical reproductions, this lingerie undergarment may be machine washed and tumbled dry.
Most reproduction-quality lingerie and intimate apparel should be hand-cleaned or dry-cleaned to prevent damage to the fabrics.
Ladies who elect to purchase a sleeveless nightgown may also elect to purchase a matching
womens robe. The robe can be warn during cold weather, or thrown on if there is suddenly a need to answer the door or attend to a family member.
Womens robes are a fantastic way to get more mileage out of your Victorian nightgown, since a long-sleeved, heavy gown might easily be relegated to the attic during the spring and summer months.
A long, ankle-length robe is also a great way to add versatility and modesty to a shorter robe that ends at or above the knees.