Bleuette ~ 1925 Peignoir Japonais

Last fall I attended the estate sale for an elderly neighbor of mine who had passed away several months before. At the bottom of a cedar chest in the basement I was very fortunate to discover a dozen or so cuts of 1920s/30s fabrics, along with a 1940s apron in mint condition. I plan to use as many of the fabrics as possible for the trousseau of my Bleuette Violetta. This Japanese Peignoir is the first outfit I have made from the fabrics. This particular print was perfect for the peignoir, not only for the colors and design, but also because the pattern instructions state to use fabrics with “designs that are a little large”.

The outfit is 100% hand sewn. The belt fabric is from old linen, but the solid fabric is contemporary. Her slippers were made to resemble those the girl (on the left) is wearing in the pattern illustration seen below. They are constructed from leather and have a little pom-pom on the toe made from thread. I made the fan similar to the one the girl (on the right) is holding in the pattern illustration.

The thing I like most about sewing for Bleuette is scouring through my “stash” of fabrics and trims in order to use whatever I have on hand to make my Bleuette outfits. Sometimes I find things I didn’t even remember I had!

Left: Bleuette ~ 1925 Peignoir Japonais    Right: La Semaine de Suzette ~ 1925 Peignoir Japonais
Bleuette ~ 1925 Peignoir Japonais1925 Peignoir Japonais ~ La Semaine de Suzette

Top: Upper Detail    Bottom: Back Detail
Bleuette ~ 1925 Peignoir JaponaisBleuette ~ 1925 Peignoir Japonais

Top: Fan    Bottom: Slippers
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8 Responses to “Bleuette ~ 1925 Peignoir Japonais”

  1. sheri September 21, 2009 at 7:23 PM #

    Wow, you are so talented. Your Bleuettes are very lucky girls! I love the use of vintage fabrics and every little detail is amazing.

  2. dolliesdressmaker September 22, 2009 at 2:38 PM #

    Thank you so much!
    I love the use of vintage fabrics and trims, too. There is something about sewing with vintage that you just cant duplicate with new items.

  3. Suzanne Fletcher October 11, 2009 at 5:31 PM #

    Thanks for the eye candy. You are, with a doubt, the most talented seamstress I can imagine! Your sewing is lovely….the stitching perfect. I wish my work was anywhere near as nice. Add to that your meticulous choice of color and fabric….just wonderful… Thanks again.

  4. dolliesdressmaker October 17, 2009 at 7:03 AM #

    Suzanne, Thank you for your very kind words about my work. My hope is to inspire others to sew for their Bleuettes, too!

  5. Vivian July 9, 2011 at 8:04 PM #

    Oh, your outfits are exquisite! I have really enjoyed going through your site.
    I have a Bleuette I bought from an estate sale in the 1970s. She is golden haired and came with two outfits. I found a little instruction book on cobbling shoes. I had a large collection of kid gloves (I was born a collector! I was only a kid at the time) and I made her a dozen shoes, sandals, boots and mocs. The poor girl now has three outfits and some 25 pairs of shoes in a rainbow of colors! LOL
    Thank you for your website.

  6. dolliesdressmaker July 11, 2011 at 12:18 PM #

    Thank you, Vivian!
    I bet you never imagined the little Bleuette you bought in the 70s would later become such a popular doll…
    I LOVE your story about all her shoes! Thank you for sharing that! My girls would be VERY jealous of her extensive shoe collection and especially that she doesn’t even have to SHARE them!

  7. suzanne franczak August 30, 2011 at 3:34 AM #

    i am totally amazed. i have never seen such beautiful work, choice of fabrics, trims so beautifully coordinated.and such beautiful workmanship. i note that your work is by hand… i didn’t know that anyone else preferred to sew by hand, not that i’m in your league as a seamstress. you truly have inspired me … i will get into my stash and do something ( usually i just play in it ). my dolls deserve to have beautiful costumes. and i deserve to treat myself to the time to make them. i will certainly visit your site again. thank you.

  8. dolliesdressmaker August 30, 2011 at 8:14 PM #

    Thank you, Suzanne! Glad you have been inspired 🙂
    I like your way of thinking…”my dolls deserve to have beautiful costumes. and i deserve to treat myself to the time to make them.” I think you may have just inspired ME! … take the time and make something new for one of my girls! 🙂

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