( Originally Published 1924 )
Last but not least, we come to the uniform of the homekeeper, whose day is never measured by the eight hours of other workers. The house dress is one which can be very easily made at home, and it is, of course, for the home woman. This dress, more than any other, is indicative of one's habits and personality. Some women think, and quite unfortunately so, that almost any kind of dress will do for their mornings at home. Any left-over good dress from a past season will "do," they think; but how many of these same women recall their chagrin at being "caught" in such manner by an unexpected caller? On the other hand, nothing is more conducive to a right beginning for the day's activity than donning a fresh dainty house dress for breakfast. There is a barometric relativity between it and one's self respect and good humor.
Of course, the house dress must be suited to the wearer's position in life. If she is a busy house-wife, she will find that the one-piece garment of washable material is most suitable. The color must be becoming, and it should also possess trim lines that permit freedom of motion. In washable ma terials, light colors usually remain attractive longer than dark colors, as they do not fade so readily. The best grades are always the cheapest in the end. Neat and dainty collar-and-cuff sets seem to belong to the real house dress, and when fashion decrees short sleeves they are a real boon to the housekeeper.
Some staple materials for the home-keeper and their various advantages and disadvantages may be briefly listed : Ginghams wear well, but must be most carefully laundered; percales are a trifle less expensive, but are easier to launder; calicoes do not wear well, fade easily, and are narrow, so they do not cut to good advantage; crÍpes wear well, save ironing, and are mostly in light colors; linens wear well, are expensive but attractive, wrinkle easily, and fade.