Ohhhhhhh, yes! That sounds so romantic! I've always said I wished they'd bring back the good old-fashioned FUNCTIONAL kind of four-poster curtained bed! The kind with good, thick velvet curtains that you can draw tight and snuggle up inside like a cat in a private little hidey-hole.BrotherTailor wrote:Funny, I was thinking the same thought recently.SkirtDude wrote:I periodically think that I should get a 4 poster bed with curtains to protect from cold drafts.
Obviously I'm not the claustrophobic type!
The bedposts were standard height, and then there were long extension posts that screwed into the base posts, so the bed could be used as a normal bed with a headboard and foot board, or a tall poster. It was 8 ft tall or so.
Something else I've made for myself is a bit of an experiment that is working well in the lines of thermal undergarments. I picked up several yards of a soft and strong thermal ribknit fabric, the kind that comes in tube form on the bolt, and it is grey. All of my longjohns were down to nothing, just rag material, and I find it hard to buy anything that has long enough legs with a small enough waist, so I decided to try something new.
The tube fabric was just the size of a T-shirt in diameter, and I'm sure that a company buying it for this purpose would love it for making undershirts. I made myself a garment that is essentially a full slip, or tunic, that comes to just above my knees. I stitched the shoulder seams leaving a neck hole, and cut the arm holes 8 inches down each side from the shoulder seams. I trimmed out the neck hole to fit me and then simply zigzagged around these openings. I made a center slit front and back that goes from the bottom up to approx 2-3 inches below my "vitals".
I now have a combination undershirt and thermal "drawers" that do not bind or crush delicate parts, and they work well in trousers and coveralls. There is enough fabric that tends to fold in between to protect things from rough trouser seams and zippers etc. It took about 20 minutes to make. Just thought I'd share. It is very comfy and warm.
So I was going to suggest a satiny type material but as I said above, your nightgown has already been made. But if you ever wish to make a second one, you may be able to find some nice satiny material.
I wear the thermal slip every day.
I find it very very comfortable to sleep in a nightgown - really ANTHING other than stupid pyjamas. I haven't woken up with my circulation cut off and parts of my body "asleep" for a long time, but I used to always have this issue with very long legs and arms. The only disadvantage with wearing and sleeping in a nightgown or similar is that it is depressing to have to take it off and don your male grubbies to go to work...Nothing better than lounging around the house in your nightie and housecoat...freedom
I could not agree more. Nightgowns are also nice if you are a person who, like me, rolls over a lot. Nothing binds up at all.BrotherTailor wrote:I find it very very comfortable to sleep in a nightgown - really ANTHING other than stupid pyjamas. I haven't woken up with my circulation cut off and parts of my body "asleep" for a long time, but I used to always have this issue with very long legs and arms. The only disadvantage with wearing and sleeping in a nightgown or similar is that it is depressing to have to take it off and don your male grubbies to go to work...Nothing better than lounging around the house in your nightie and housecoat...freedom
I always use this example to point to instances where it proves men have worn nightgowns. One of my favorite Christmas programs from my childhood (and still is today) happens to be Mr Magoo's Christmas Carol. When he is at his home, he is clearly wearing a nightgown of sorts. And to quote from the actual Dickens novel of A Christmas Carol,
"Quite satisfied, he closed his door, and locked himself in; double-locked himself in, which was not his custom. Thus secured against surprise, he took off his cravat; put on his dressing-gown and slippers, and his nightcap; and sat down before the fire to take his gruel."
So...if men wore nightgowns 164 years ago, they can wear them again. Besides, I have seen men's nightshirts as I actually had one. But they still are not as comfortable as a nightgown. And BT is so lucky to be able to make his own.
I fully agree with your opinion, that men;s nightshirts are not so comfortable as floor-length nightgowns. After all, Victorian nightgown models are very similar for men and women. Both have lace and similar decorations, etc.
I order custom-tailored nightgowns with a local Bulgarian lingerie company - Version Ltd. Here is a link to English version of their website:
They work with quality South Korean satins and perform any orders you like. Just click "Special Orders" link on the left of the page. You just have to contact Mariana at email@example.com and send her a photo of the model you like, say, taken from other website and your measurements. Usually they need length from neckline to hem , shoulder width and sleeve length (preferebly in centimeters). They will make it 1 to 1 from satin. They have different colors and patterns of materials, just ask Mariana for sample photos. I can guarantee, that confidentiality is kept 100%- I personally know Marianna and she knows, that things I order are for me. Payment may be performed via bank account , I'm not sure about Paypal, it works in Bulgaria just from September 2007 and many people still do not know about this system. I have about 10 nightgown and robe sets, made by Version, most of them Victorian-style models, taken from vintage lingerie websites.
Prices are really reasonable. Just try and you won't regret.
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