Actually, a lot of more modern (last 80 years) house coats were made of cotton or artificial fabrics rather than wool. They also tended to have wide sleeves and bulky cuffs. Both of these could create dangerous situations around open flames of fires, candles or cooking and resulted in bad burns. At one point the "Powers that Be" tried to convince people to influence the fashion industry by only buying house coats with narrow elastic cuffs - I can remember seeing ads to that effect maybe the 1980's?
William Bronson wrote: On the other hand, you can't walk around in a blanket and dealing with candles or fireplaces in a blanket is a bad idea
Andrea Locke wrote:My mother, who was from Wales, always wore a 'pinny' in the house.