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Date: 3/26/14 5:54 PM

Remodelista post about Housedress

Okay, I remember housedresses, my grandmother wore one, Mom sometimes wore a caftan in the 70's.... we all know what they looked like.

I'm more interested in the "Workdress" a pinafore or smock you can throw on over leggings or slim capris that is useful.

The dresses on the Remodelista site seem almost too baggy for housework.

It isn't exactly high fashion but utilitarian clothing is definitely an important category, and it can look pretty too without making you look like you should be on a hospital floor or pajama party. The other day I ran out in "before work clothes" -- baggy sweats and a paint stained t shirt and didn't realize it till I was bopping around in the shoestore (purchasing shoe inserts for running shoes). I have some Very Easy Vogues that can fit the category......

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Date: 3/26/14 6:17 PM

My first thought? Some of those look like old fashioned night shirts to me!

Of course, I'm not good to listen to, since baggy pants and any old t-shirt sounds like my housework/kicking around the house outfit.
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Date: 3/26/14 7:32 PM

To me, most of those look sloppier than yoga pants and a sweater. (And gads, did you see those prices?) They are oversized and as GwenH said many look like nightshirts. "Oh, you forgot to get dresses this morning." The smock with leggings are the best of the batch, but at least the design they are showing does look like a nightshirt.

A knit top or dress would be comfortable and look more put together. Particularly some of the knit or woven tops with some nice design details.

Of course, I'm guilty of wearing plenty of sweatpants at home. I am trying to at least wear better fitting ones & not the old baggy versions.


P.S. I do think this Leisl & Co dress would make a nice utility dress, or adding sleeves to the Loes Hinse tand dress or something similar.

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Date: 3/26/14 7:42 PM

Take a TNT shirt pattern and extend it downward as far as you want, straight or add a gathered skirt. Wear it with or without a belt. Add your favorite flavor pockets -patch, side or cargo. Now make two more in your favorite colors and - mop the floor or run to Starbucks, you're good.
I absolutely love that the shirt dress has made a comeback. It dresses up, it dresses down, it's good for country or the town.

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Date: 3/26/14 7:50 PM

Oh, those are awful -- drab, sloppy, and depressing. I think it is safe to say that Claire McCardle designed the ne plus ultra utilitarian dress with 'the popover':

...wouldn't you rather wear this? Cheeky oven mitt included?


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Date: 3/26/14 10:50 PM

The Remodelista post has "house coat" in the title. In my experience from way back, a house coat and a house dress are two different things. In the 1950's my mother wore a house dress everyday. It's just what she put on in the morning. It was something in a simple style, requiring no accessories, jewelry, etc. It was practical and adequate for housework, yard work or running to the neighbor's. But she didn't wear it if she had an appointment or was going shopping downtown. That required a regular dress or skirt and blouse, with better shoes.

Now a housecoat is like a coat, only strictly for wearing in the house. It goes over other clothing, covers up your other clothing and has buttons, snaps, or a zipper down the front. It is usually worn over pajamas -- you can put it on if you have to answer the door quick. My mom wouldn't eat breakfast or be seen outside the bedroom in pajamas unless she had a housecoat on over the pajamas.

These days I wear what I would call a house dress quite often. My usual style is a loose fitting jumper with a T shirt or turtleneck, depending on the season. I can pull weeds, do laundry, cook or just be comfortable in it. Sometimes it's another simple style. It's something I feel comfortable wearing to the grocery store or bank, as long as it's clean. But it's definitely not a polished or dressed up look. My mother also used the term "wash dress," that is, something that could just go in the wringer washer and didn't need dry cleaning or special care.

I have a "housecoat" but I seldom wear it except when sick. Otherwise, I just put my comfortable house dress on first thing in the morning, so I don't have to cover up pajamas.

Those pictures shown by Remodelista look more like badly styled housecoats. Most would not be practical for cooking or running after kids or mowing the grass -- all the things that a house dress is good for.

Times have changed!
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Date: 3/26/14 10:51 PM

duplicate -sorry
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-- Edited on 3/26/14 10:53 PM --
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Date: 3/26/14 11:27 PM

This Is what I'd consider a housedress.

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Date: 3/26/14 11:58 PM

I immediately thought of this one by Marcy Tilton for Vogue- V8813. My talented friend made it in knit and did hand embellishing. I tried it on and it both of us though I am definitely fuller busted. Look at the line drawing because the photo doesn't show as much. Somewhere someone said this is what French women wear at home. What do you think?

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Date: 3/27/14 6:50 AM

My mother always wore a Housedress in the 1950's around the house. When I started my home, I preferred the convenience of some form of slacks with a top. To me, the fullness of the skirt portion of a dress gets in the way. Am I missing something? What happens when you bend over, squat, kneel, etc., when cleaning or doing gardening work?
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