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DID THE TENT DRESS MORPH??

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I recall when the tent dress became popular in the late 1960s.  The tent dress was comfortable, very forgiving and still feminine.  The tent dress could be just an everyday dress or evening wear depending upon the material used and/or trim.  There’s scads of vintage patterns of tent dresses.  However, it never really left us, in my opinion.  The tent dress appears to have morphed into oversized tops (worn with leggings or pants) and many dresses with hi/lo hems.  Comfort is always popular it seems.

There are many over-sized dresses that are touted as “tent dresses.”  I tried to narrow the comparisons down to unbelted style dresses in the full A-line style of the true tent dress that was somewhere at knee level; just above or just below.  Otherwise the dress starts to look like an evening gown or a caftan.  Some that were touted as tent dresses actually resembled more of a trapeze dress and these had ample fullness and draped from the collar line.  Add a ruffle and you had a granny dress!  Usually, the tent dress was more fitted at the shoulder line/neckline and armholes.  

Vogue 1766 and McCall’s 8755 were both issued in 1967.  As you will note, with a tent dress, there’s little variation.  Basically, you can have a collar or not, pockets or not and sleeves or not.  Buttons and bows are optional.  Pierre Cardin’s Vogue 1702 gave us a very tailored tent dress in the same year.  Some tent dresses required a back zipper and some merely had back buttons. 

 

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A TRIBUTE TO PAISANO

 

Our family recently suffered the loss of a treasured member.  His name was Paisano and he was a lifelong companion to my daughter as well as a friend to many.  His nickname was Pai.  Had he been human, one could easily sum up his character as a “cool dude.”  My daughter constructed a tribute to Pai and put it up on Youtube.  I want to share it here with you as many of you that visit here are particularly fond of cats.  If you enjoyed seeing Paisano, please give it a thumbs up at Youtube.

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I only have one comparison for you today, but it is a rather obscure one.  Maybe you guessed from the subtitle that it has to do with sleepwear or nightgowns.  There are many feminine and pretty nightgown patterns out there, but the patterns I’ve chosen to compare are particularly unique in that the one pattern package allows you to sew year-round nightwear using flannels and lighter weight fabrics, as well as layering.  A nightgown for each season.

Both McCall’s and Simplicity came out with similar patterns in 1989.  Both utilize lace trim, ruffles and pockets.  The major difference is the yoke; one is square and one is rounded.  However, McCall’s 4645 contains a child’s version in the package.  If you want a child’s version of Simplicity, you need to find Simplicity 9427.  And, the big kicker is, McCall’s 4645 was not presented as nightwear, but rather as a gown, pinafore and sundress.  Surprise!  Different strokes for different folks.  

Sweet dreams!

 

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A little delayed, but well meant all the same.  The major hang up was due to a stay at the local Hospital Hilton!  My appreciation and thank yous to all those who patiently waited for their patterns!!  Things are quickly getting back to normal, much to my joy!!

 

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