I'm pretty much posting this as a reminder of what I'd like to have in my wardrobe so that once I've got the full use of my sewing machine knee back (2 weeks + 2 days, wheeee) I'll remember that I had this gap in my Real Life wardrobe.
I had to throw out my house dress as it reached the point even I didn't like it. My Shoebox home is 2 levels above the laundry, so in summer when what I'm wearing is minimal to deal with the 38C+90% humidity I need to put on something to make me publicly decent while I pop down to the laundry. I now have a hankering to make a 'hooverette' dress. A depression era wrap dress for doing housework in. Not a high status garment, but a functional one, and they often wrapped both ways so that if one front got grubby you could swap it over. Functional! Now I do have a gift of a 1930s wrap dress pattern that I intend to use this summer, but it's got a glitzy large collar that I wouldn't want on a house dress. Pretty much I don't want a structured collar - layers = heat.