Friday, March 02, 2012

A New Style of Madness

 The "pantdress"

Wearable?

Work-appropriate?


Vintage cuteness overload?

Or a simple, practical garment for summer in the office?

All images from Etsy.

11 comments:

Anna said...

I am a huge fan of the pantdress, not the top one which is pretty scary but I adore all the other ones that you posted and actually have a fair few patterns for them (although I've only sewn one so far for some reason, probably the patterns aren't my size and I'm too lazy to grade!). I say yes, work appropriate as long as done in the right fabric, also comfortable and incredibly stylish, go for it!

Anna said...

or if you don't want to go for the whole dress look there's always this

http://www.etsy.com/listing/89615204/1968-skirt-or-pantskirt-pattern

Don't blame me for any purchases, it was you who got me trawling Etsy!

Gail said...

Ah, the pantdress. I used to wear them in the early '90s. Wonder if it will come back again?

I really like the last one - I'd totally wear that!

Jill said...

I was a huge fan of the pant/short dress in the early to mid '90s. I secretly wish they'd come back. OK, not so secretly. All (or almost all) of the elegance of a dress with the comfort and ease of pants!

Joan said...

Does anybody remember what a nuisance it was to go and spend a penny while wearing one of those confections?

I mean, of course, "anybody else"...

LinB said...

Oh, Joan, that is exactly what is wrong with pant dresses! Ditto jumpsuits. Too dad-blamed difficult to wriggle in and out without getting the garment wet. I have a pattern for a pant dress that is made so that the back of the skirt isn't attached to the bodice, and wraps around to tie in front -- you can lower the skirt away from your body without completely disrobing. Instructions are so involved that I gave up ever making the thing.

Clare said...

I also love the look but am put off by the logistics of needing the loo...Fourth photo down is my favourite.

Linda C said...

My niece and her mother made one just like the pink?purple? one with the little vest for her to wear to a party when she was a debutant in 1970. It was cream with a little vest that I almost think was a purple paisley print. They gave me the pattern but I never used it. I wonder if it is still in the attic somewhere?

I did have a very elegant black twill jump suit, sleeveless, cut low for that day- not low at all for today. Very wide trouser legs, and the jacket had a tuxedo look to it with very large black jeweled buttons. It was probably the most expensive dress < I had ever had up to that time.

I loved it, but it was too heavy to take to things out of town. And the problem with the toilet- oh, yes. Do you think they ever make such garment with some sort of hidden opening snaps or a zip (around the crotch?

Enjoy your pattern. It will be fun to see what you make. It was close to 80 today, but the weather folks warm us that tomorrow will see a 22 degree drop during the day.

LindaC

Minnado said...

I especially like Butterick 6616. It looks pretty!I too had an early 90s version of this in a light viscose black and white check. I remember loving it but I also remember the toilet palaver!

Scruffybadger said...

The first is very theatrical! I have a summer halter neck modern shorts dress that feels quite retro and obviously not for work. And you know I'm dallying with culottes.... But as well as the whole loo problem its what they look like from behind. Not always very flattering - getting the right torso length is critical to avoid that " cut and divided" look.....

Roobeedoo said...

I was all ready to buy that last pattern until I realised it zipped up the back. So I would have to totally undress to go to the loo. Totally. What a shame! It looks so cute!