What do you wear to sleep?
A fellow shopper and I were recently bemoaning the fact that there are no full-length gowns anymore.
Not to mention peignoir sets
or robes that skim the ankles.
You can still find such beauties in the vintage stores
if you’re lucky.
I have resorted to making my own sleepwear. I sew gowns and robes from vintage linen tablecloths.
These exquisite table coverings end up at the thrift store because inevitably an errant splash of wine or a drop of gravy has marred its perfection, and, sadly, no one seems to know how to care for—or properly clean—linen anymore. Or alternatively, they have never ever been used because they were too beautiful to risk staining. I’ve found both variants over the years and have collected a rather sizable linen stash. I simply cut around the stain and create a sleeping wardrobe
For centuries, typical French linens were actually linen—and often monogrammed. They were so long-wearing and lasting that they were passed down through generations as precious heirlooms. Try doing that with modern bedding. Not a chance.
Linen has many virtues beyond its intrinsic beauty: it is naturally cool and comfortable (ideal for women-of-a-certain-age with sleeping and heating issues); the fabric becomes softer with age and washings; and you can embrace the charm of wrinkles, as I do, or ironing and starching is always an option for perfectionists.
What are you wearing to bed?