This is the 1940s dress to make for summertime errands. June 13, 2011 11:40

40s_pinafore_dress It's Monday. Errand day. You must go to the grocery market. The hardware store. The library. The post office. The fabric shop. And it is so hot outside. So very. You need something cool. Something comfortable. Something cute. How about that darling pinafore dress you whipped up last month? You've already worn it twice. But it's perfect for this steamy weather. Perfect for walking from the car to your destinations. Absolutely. And the cotton lawn you made it up in breathes! So important when the temp is soaring.

The details: Butterick 4219. Pinafore-Style Apron Dress. Bust 30. Still in factory folds. $25. Circa 1940s. 

Available at The Blue Gardenia. Of course. Where the patterns are counted,  the jewelry is sparkling, and domestic shipping is free. (And we happily ship abroad, for less than the cost of postage.)