Surfing the net this morning and I came on the following post: http://3hourspast.blogspot.com/2011/05/finished-object-housecoat-1939-or-my.html
It reminded me that one of the foundations of any wife's wardobe must be something that is "comfortable enough to wear after a bath, pretty enough not to frighten the husband, and modest enough not to shock the children".
Of course my own wardrobe is sadly lacking in this item... I have a few stand-ins, but nothing I really feel totally pleased about. It goes on that very long sewing list in my mind, as I don't think that the offerings in most stores fit the bill.
Think about this: Every day, you take a shower. Unless you immediately throw yourself in bed or in your daytime clothes, you have a sartorial problem. Personally, I slather on half a bottle of lotion after showers, so I'm sticky and disinclined to wear "real clothes" until I absorb a bit. Likewise, I don't always want to jump out of bed in the morning and jump right into my daytime clothing. And sometimes it's been a long day and I want to get in my jammies but I don't particularly want to sit in my living room in them... especially in front of my pre-teen son and a wide open window.
Vintage items or patterns can give us a boost in these areas of concern. After all, the gracious woman of times past (aka a woman with leisure and money enough to afford such things) wouldn't be found dead in her nightie sitting and reading a novel on the couch with the children still awake.
A dressing gown or a housedress (a NICE housedress, I'm sure I'm not the only one scarred visually by the muumuuesque housedresses of the 70s) is a solution to the problem, if one chooses the pattern and fabric carefully to allow for an absence of supportive undergarments. There are other solutions as well - but one must *think* about the problem!