In my January, 1953 issue of Woman's Day (7 cents), I discovered something VERY practical: A multifunctional version of a house dress! A lady named Elizabeth Phelps who designed patterns put this together. I even found the actual pattern for the pictures below (35 cents in 1953) for sale at an Etsy shop HERE. (Now it's $15, though.)
In the article it says:
Mrs. Phelps started it all (her pattern business, that is) by making her own clothes--the kind that would see her through very full days of running a home and assisting her husband in his famous Phelps bag and belt studio. (I looked that up and came up with nothing.) She preferred the practicality of sturdy cottons, colorful, simply cut, and easy to wear. (Most are the wrap-on variety.) Her friends preferred them, too, and in no time Elizabeth Phelps was designing and selling her special kind of clothes to women all over the country.
The coverall shown here is one of her favorites. A wonderful work-a-day coverall, easy to get into, with gripper closings and drop seat. (What is a gripper closing? How do I feel about a drop seat?) Trouser legs can be cut shorter or longer, as desired.
Add a cobbler's apron for a more feminine appearance:
I love my old magazines!