The Happy Homemaker dress

What was a homemaker in the 1950s and 1960s? My mother answerred, “Someone who could keep a clean house, cook and bake proficiently, ensure the children went to school clean and well fed and who could do things that are classed as ‘crafts’ today, like sew and knit… in those days, they weren’t hobbies, they were things you needed to know to make your household function…” There were clubs at schools called “Future Homemakers” that promoted skills such as sewing, cooking, knitting, crochet…

Ah, the housebound life… It would seem sewing patterns offered women at home an opportunity to get access to current fashions, easily and economically. The array of fashions for the home and everyday are plentiful, and proudly stand alongside more glamorous evening wear in terms of the “pretty factor”.

Today’s pattern of the day is a great example of this, Butterick 5772. I am calling it “the Happy Homemaker dress”… its not too dressy and yet possessed some lovely details, primarily the scalloped trim for a touch of casual elegance. Perfect for a trip to the post office, a stroll in the park with the kids or a few hours whipping up a storm in the kitchen…! (One need not mention the necessity of heels).

Home is where the heart is...

4 thoughts on “The Happy Homemaker dress

    • Thank you for the compliment, it is lovely to be able to share them. eBay and etsy primarily, but I also search thrift shops and markets…! I highly recommend etsy, the community is great and lots of great vintage stuff can be found!

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