What’s in a Name?

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The line “what’s in a name” could refer to the words spoken by Juliet, Act II, Scene II in William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. But the reason for my title is a lot less literary.

Each Private Lives design name may differ in colour, fabric or have stylistic nips and tweaks, but essentially  will always have the same special fashion or pattern features of its namesake.

Why these particular names? They either refer to the person who has requested the specific design or finishing,  the model inspiring the style or good friends. One is also named after my mum.

So here’s to inspiration, good friends and comfy clothing!


 Christina is first with clean, uncomplicated elegance.

The Christina style has lovely, drapey dolman sleeves and inseam pockets to keep a clean, elegant line. The fabric may be silky, slinky satin, floral or plain but the simple styling will always guarantee a smart silhouette. It’s all about the sleeves for this style.


Kathryn is next with 1930s flair.

Kathryn features the wide shawl collar and styled from a 1937 sewing magazine pattern. It’s the big, beautiful lapels that distinguish this robe.


Ruth is also a 1930s design.

Full length view with tie belt

Charmingly described a “breakfast gown”, Ruth is a full button down style that can be worn belted or loose flowing and straight. This robe is sized and cut to a specific bust size  ie. 38″, 40″ etc. so will be just a tiny bit more fitted than the wrap styles. Don’t worry-I’ll make sure there is still plenty of ease in all the right places for however you want to wear it.


Ann is classic & polished

 Ann features the neat, smooth rounded lapel shape. Fabrics may vary but this style will always have this classic lapel that is timeless.


Jayne adds that little bit extra texture

Jayne can transform any of the styles and add a bit of retro texture in the form of quilted collar and cuffs. Anytime there is a quilted feature, either traditional or freeform, it’s Jayne that offers an extra dimension.


Lyn is the classic kimono style shape that is graceful and versatile.

Simple lines create a timeless design. If it’s full or mid length on offer, the fabric  will be the star of this robe. There are no inner ties in this style so can be wrapped in any direction making it wearable for everyone.


Lotus is a distinctive French pattern from 1927.

Red & Black Deco Floral Kimono Style Robe 1927

 This kimono style robe from 1927 has distinctive features of gentle pleating on the shoulders and an asymetric side tie closure.

No need to make any changes for this period piece!


So there is the collection so far.

If you have any requirements or special requests for any of these core styles or for ones  you would like to see drafted, just let me know via the contacts page. Maybe your name will become part of the collection!

Ready to start up afresh with plenty of new comments, musings and craft ideas as I fill my coffee mug and get busy once again.


See You All Next Time!