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Pink and Blue Dressing Gown

Dressing Gown made by Edith Wilkinson


1920’s – 1940’s

Made by Edith Wilkinson (1888-1988)

Edith Wood was born in 1888 to a mining family living in the village of Cockfield, County Durham, a few miles South West of Bishop Auckland and just eleven miles from Spennymoor.

In 1921, Edith married Matthew Wilkinson also a miner, and they moved to Evenwood, another mining village just two miles down the road. They had three children, one of whom died at a very young age in a traffic accident, a son who died in Burma and a daughter who inherited her quilts. Edith must have made many items as her granddaughter (from whom this dressing gown was purchased) owned several quilts and other items including a lovely bedjacket.  Edith lived a long life and unfortunately died just a few weeks before her 100th birthday.

This striking dressing gown is made from a crepe-like fabric in royal blue on one side and a deep pink the other and is completely reversible. It is stitched with very tiny, neat stitches using a blue thread which shows up very well on the pink and has some lovely quilted patterns including running feathers, cables and Edith’s trademark rose is included in the hemline cable.