I have been interested lately in the vintage Swirl dresses I have seen pictures of online. Of course, when I was young, I had never heard of these common House-and-About dresses because my mom was not the type to dress in a chic house dress. I recall her usual outfit of an old wool pleated skirt and the white Batman sweatshirt we got her for Christmas at the time of the run of the first Batman series on television. Nobody else had a mom who wore a Batman sweatshirt, so we thought she was pretty cool. Thinking back, she was probably just chilly (in addition to being cool).
Anyway, I like the idea of a wrap dress. I have an old pattern that I might use to design one for myself:
Swirl dresses usually had one button in the back and the wrap ties, so I would have to change the back of this pattern to do away with the V-back style. What I like about the idea of a house dress is that you look presentable even if you have been cleaning out the freezer (or worse). I like big pockets and shoulder coverage from the strong California sun, so I like the cap sleeves on this one. In case I don’t want to mess with ties, I found a picture of one Swirl dress that buttons on the sides with tabs, so I may try that.
In addition to Swirl dresses, I have been thinking about TNT patterns and how convenient they are, but how much work it takes to get a pattern that fits well. I think my goal for this year is to produce a small collection of TNT patterns for myself. I need a good blouse pattern, a sleeveless shell top, a dressy jacket, a basic dress, and a T-shirt. I’m tired of never having the appropriate outfit for any occasion, so I guess I should do something about that.