February 11, 2019
Smoking jackets symbolized sophistication during the 1920s and 1930s, both on the silver screen and in real life, but it started as a practical and stylish way to keep fancy clothing clean from after-dinner smoking habits of the British aristocracy. Folkwear offers two versions of this classy jacket. One has softly quilted lapel and cuffs, and the other offers constrasting lapel, cuffs, sash, adn pocket bands. Sized for men and women, and our pattern includes instructions for a women's knitted tank top to wear underneath.
Suggested fabrics: Medium-weight fabrics such as velvet, velveteen, medium-weight brocade, corduroy, medium to heavy weight crepe, medium to heavy weight silk jacquard.
PLEASE NOTE: Fabrics used as examples in blog may go out of stock from store. If link is invalid for specific product, there may be another fabric from the supplier that you can substitute. These suggestions are based on fabrics that are in stock at the time the blog post is written!
Hart's Fabrics has a nice selection of corduroy. I can picture myself wrapped in a cotton dusty rose corduroy jacket. This color is so soothing, and the selection here is perfect for finding contrasting fabrics for that version.
The Smoking Jacket can be quite a statement so why not do it in a lush fabric. Try this a hand painted burnout silk velvet from Stonemountain and Daughter Fabrics. This fabric could be quilted with a plain flannel as in the pattern version for outerwear or a made as is to create a sheer and sexy version.
For the knitted tank top, Purl Soho has an amazing selection of high quality yarn available online. Their Worsted Cotton (loads of colors - a few are below), Lantern (cotton/linen blend), or Understory (baby alpaca, baby yak, and silk) are all great options.