So in pondering what to do with the side seams of my lounging robe I've been researching banyans. Banyans were a garment worn by men in the 18th century, influenced by Persian, Indian and/or Asian clothing. It was worn for "undress", ie worn as a sort of dressing gown or informal coat over the shirt and breeches around the house or at informal occasions. It's the forbearer of the smoking jacket of the 19th century.
Sure sounds like the masculine version of a lounging robe à la turque does it not? That's what I think anyway.
Banyans could be either simple T-shaped or Kimono shapes or later in the century could be more fitted to the body with inset tailored sleeves and double-breasted fronts (lots of Persian influence here!). The garment to the right in the pic above dates to the 1780s and was supposedly worn by George IV when Prince of Wales.
I'm not sure if the garment I'm trying to repro came from, was inspired by or simply shared a similar inspiration as these later Persian/Turkish banyans but I feel they are definitely related in some way.
And maybe it's just me but I'm sure seeing what I would call "princess seams" used in the banyans. Hee. So I'm now feeling much better about my fitting problem solution. It's not what one normally thinks of for the 18th century but it seems to make sense for these "foreign" inspired garments. Yay!
Sadly my schedule has not allowed me to get back to this project yet and it probably won't until after the first of Feb but I'm excited about seeing this project through and wearing it to my fete. :>
Interesting links I found along the way:http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=34856523http://www.durantextiles.com/newsletter/documents/news_6be_07.asphttp://www.costumes.org/history/100pages/banyan.htmhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banyan_(clothing)