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July 12, 2010 / Sarah Moore

housedress: the garment

Mirriam Webster’s definition of the housedress:

Date: 1893

: a dress with simple lines that is suitable for housework and is made usually of a washable fabric

Although my blog is not all about the housedress [maybe it should be?], my interest has piqued about this almost obsolete garment. In our generation, I think it’s been replaced by old t-shirts and sweats. And I’m grateful for that because there is no way I’d answer the door in a frilly aprony dress, Joan Crawford-on-valium. But I’m thinking it would be nice to have a dress that serves a “housedress” function but looks nothing like the fifties or the modern day muu-muu straight out of Golden Girls.
I think I have my next project…



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  1. Amber / Jul 12 2010 5:34 pm

    Fabulous idea! Why don’t we have dresses that serve the “housedress” function? I’ve noticed that dresses today rarely even have sleeves too. Why are we against dresses with sleeves today?

  2. Patrick / Jul 22 2010 9:21 am

    I really could use a man house dress, or jump suit, it’s really like a uniform and since I work from home I’m naturally more domestic, being here I typically weave housework into my day and not seeing clients or vendors on a given day, I would like to wear something I don’t need to worry about spilling or smudging on that could stand up to a few rounds before going in the wash. I’ll be your first customer, no kidding, let’s go fabric shopping and I’ll buy the materials, you come up with the design! Just don’t want to look like a janitor.

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