It was permissible to entertain close friends at home wearing a tea gown or wrapper. The rich could afford to have their tea gown custom made of embroidered silk and expensive lace. The middle class could order their tea gown from the back of the Sears Roebuck or Montgomery Ward catalog or purchase the 1894 Butterick pattern and make their own.
The waist is drawn in snugly with a self fabric belt or wide ribbon, while the Watteau pleats at center back hang loosely away from the body. The gown pleats are held in place by the smooth fitting yoke. The yoke is self fabric trimmed or finished with lace.
The leg 'o mutton sleeves make this a stylish garment which rich or poor would find irresistible.
The pattern is multi-sized 10 through 18. Purchase 9-2/3 Yds. of 45 inch wide fabric if you are five feet tall. If you are over five feet tall add 1/4 Yd. per inch over five feet.