[HNW] help with Carew Pole Men's Nightcap (in color) for Julie

Bjarne og Leif Drews drewscph at post12.tele.dk
Thu Feb 15 06:02:37 PST 2007

And just the same a man in 18th century would wear, when he didnt have to wear his wig, he wore the nightcap and his banyan, wich is a dressing robe. These were usually made of exquisite silk brokades, but many of the mens nightcaps were embroidered.
If i had an opportunity to wear undress at an event, i would love to make myself one, but alas, no where to wear.

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Wanda Pease 
  To: Historic Needlework 
  Sent: Thursday, February 15, 2007 2:07 AM
  Subject: Re: [HNW] help with Carew Pole Men's Nightcap (in color) for Julie

  Rather like a "smoking jacket" in the 1800's.  A cap to keep your head warm when you came in from outside and wanted to relax "en familia".  Someone must have loved the person they started this for!


   Chris Laning <claning at igc.org> wrote:
      I think the term "nightcap" in the 16th century might be somewhat 
      misleading to modern people, as I know the term "nightgown" is. IIRC, 
      in the 16th century a "nightgown" was more like what we would call a 
      bathrobe -- not necessarily something you wore IN bed, but for 
      lounging around the house in "undressed" casual mode. (I know this 
      because it's what a servant would bring for her mistress to put on 
      when she gets out of bed in the morning.)


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