I found this classic at a second hand store and have enjoyed the tips and tricks presented. It gives a lot of detailed sewing instruction as well as other useful information.
This is the article that I am pleased to quote here:
"The homemaker often makes the big mistake of thinking she
does not have to look her best when doing her daily chores. Actually, ill-fitting clothes lower her morale and make her less
able to cope with everyday trials. This doesn't mean she has to
dress up, but it does mean that she should look neat and trim.
.......A simple shirtwaist dress or wrap-around with flared
or pleated skirt will often present a much more attractive
appearance and be just as comfortable as pants.
For evenings at home a simple dress is always in good taste.
But dress up a little bit if you wish. It adds a touch of gaiety
or elegance to a family gathering. However, the degree of
dressing-up depends on your situation."
Even though pants were becoming more prevalent it is interesting to note that this book encourages women to look neat and dress in good taste. Quite the contrary to today's standards. We have standards to uphold in our homes. We want to show our family that we are women in the best possible position to minister to the needs of our family by our demeanor and decorum. Like the Boy Scout adage: Be Prepared, we want to be in readiness for a much as possible as homemakers. Being clothed with garments that bring honor to the Lord and our families will boost their morale and encourage them to look neat. We do have to wear clothes so why not make them nice as well as comfortable as the investment of time and money is one of our stewardship obligations.
Here is a 1968 outfit that would work now. The skirt needs lengthening, but it is a practical style for many homemaker responsibilities.