I have made a 1930s inspired wrap dress before, but as I found myself sewing another dress from the same pattern again this weekend, I thought today I'd show you all some of the vintage images that inspired my wrap dress pattern. It seems most 30s wrap dresses are meant to be house dresses, worn to look presentable at home but not really intended for wear outside the house other than perhaps a quick run to the grocery store. The popular name for these casual dresses was Hooverette, meant to keep a woman looking cute even while she was cleaning or cooking dinner. Since the 30s wrap dresses (and women) have luckily come a long way and are very common for any occasion now a days. I am more interested in actually day or evening dresses in the same style, but I still admire the more humble house dresses as they are certainly chic enough to wear out and about town now in 2016!
The patterns below seem less obviously labeled as "house" dresses and I'd like to assume they are wrap dresses for actual "dress" wear. The numbered 7417 dress below is very similar to my self drafted wrap dress pattern! (Though the lady in the solid dress does seem to be trimming a succulent or something, is this still housework?)
The difference between the house dresses and actual day-wear seems mostly to be in the fabric choice and addition of ruffles. The day-dresses seem to be made of silk instead of cotton. I have found 1 extant example of a 1930s wrap dress (on sale now at Adored Vintage) which is the dress pictured below.
My colorful dotted 30's wrap dress (see it here) has the look and drape of silk, though it is a nice polyester crepe, and therefore I feel fits the day-wear as opposed to house dress criteria. The new dress I'm working on is in a medium weight linen rayon blend and with the solid color (red) and lack of ruffles I fear it leans more casual in style than I'd like. To wear it feels more formal somehow to me, perhaps because of the solid color and nice weight of the dress, but we'll see what you all think of it soon ;)
The wrap dress continued as a "house" dress/house coat style into the 40s, though it seems easier to find day-wear versions of the wrap dress in the 40s.