Happy Birthday Mom!

This weekend I visited my parents and was finally able to give my Mom her birthday gift!


I made her a 1940’s housecoat using Advance 2170.  This was originally intended as a Christmas gift, which is why it’s such an awfully WARM housecoat.  But, both my Mom and I constantly run on the cold end of the spectrum, so I’m sure she’ll still get some use out of it before the 100 degree summer days hit.


Mom and Dad are retired and live on several acres of land.  They love to spend their mornings drinking coffee on the porch, watching the wildlife in their backyard – they seriously have a little piece of Texas heaven.  Mom always wears a housecoat on these mornings, so I decided it would be nice to give her a fancy vintage one.  I inherited my love of the 1930’s and 1940’s from her, after all.


This project took much longer than anticipated – mostly because I decided to hand-stitch the entire lining into place!!  But I am absolutely thrilled with how it turned out.  I seem to do my best work when sewing for others.



Check out the pleated sleeves!  That’s my favorite detail – and Mom and Dad’s too.  Dad ooh’d and aah’d over Mom in her new housecoat a little bit 🙂  She does look elegant, does she not?


My husband had the sweetest suggestion – I should hide a note to Mom in the robe.  It was originally going to be hidden in the lining, sort of as a secret blessing/wish for her.  But…I forgot!  In the end, we decided it would go inside the pocket, just stitched across the top so she could pull it out and read it whenever she wanted.  Mom was so touched by that little note – it made this gift even more special to her.



She adores her robe, and I’m so happy that I got to make something for her that makes her feel special.  She IS the most incredible person I’ve ever known after all!



17 thoughts on “Happy Birthday Mom!

  1. It’s beautiful! I know your mom had to be thrilled with something so lovely! And she looks great in it. Everyone needs a robe that makes them feel pretty! =)

    The note in the pocket is the sweetest detail ever! I love your fabric choices and the style lines.

    (btw, I do better sewing for others than for myself too. Probably because I feel I can cut corners a little on things for myself when I’m the only one who will see the garment up close long enough to fully inspect it.)

    1. Thank you! I agree completely – when week 2 rolls around and I’m not finished with something I’m making for myself, I start cutting corners. But I just can’t give someone else a garment that isn’t completed to perfection.

  2. Wow what an amazing project! You should be so proud of it! Your mom looks fab in it. She’ll look super glamorous now when drinking coffee on her porch 🙂

    1. Haha yeah, I’m sure there’s a better way to have done that, but I didn’t know how. The pattern didn’t call for a lining so I was kind of winging it at the end. But I find hand-stitching very relaxing so it wasn’t too bad…and it just made it more special I think. Moms are the greatest 🙂

  3. Beautiful housecoat, and your mom looks gorgeous in it! I love the hidden note in the pocket – very creative and original. Congrats on a job well done, and Happy Birthday to your mom!

  4. Your mom looks so elegant in that gorgeous robe. The term “housecoat” is one that is rarely used anymore – it’s wonderful to see a “proper” one again! And the idea for the hidden note – inspiring!

    1. Thank you! It’s true, I hardly ever hear that term anymore. It was fun to see it on the pattern envelope. And I’m so glad that my husband had the idea for the note, it made all the difference 🙂

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