Ladies' smock-dress in two lengths is softly gathered to yoke with front zipper, high round neckline, and patch pockets. It can be collarless or with a pointed collar, sleeveless or with short set-in sleeves. This dress has a front yoke and no waistline. It can have a self belt to cinch in the waist. Simplicity half-sizes are sized for misses and women about 5'2" to 5'3", Simplicity 5028, 1972.
...My Mind Wanders...
This sewing pattern was published several years after I graduated from high school but before I had babies to occupy my time. At that time it was very common for women to wear house dresses when they were at home keeping house, doing household chores, cooking, gardening, sewing, and the like. One of my grandmothers wore house dresses until she was well into her 70s, while my other grandmother preferred shorts and pants for as long as I can remember. My mother also wore house dresses until my mid-teenage years when she took a job for the first time. I was a modern nellie, so I was never fond of house dresses, opting usually for jeans.
There's just something homey to me about a house dress. It reminds me of times long past, of my childhood, carefree times spent on the farm, helping my grandmother do chores (likely more getting in the way than helping), of apron-clad women going about the work of their day. A time when kids were allowed to be kids, romping, running, roaming, kindling our imiginations and forming life skills.
Our days didn't include much couch time until after the work and play of the day had turned into evening when the family would gather for supper, then go to the livingroom for family time. Family time in the evening at my childhood home usually included watching TV, kids romping, parents reading and sharing highlights of their day. Homey - safe and secure among a loving family. How lucky we were!
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