If you have researched this style, you will know the dress was also known as a "squaw dress", a derogatory term I am loathe to use. I find the use of this term demeaning to Native women, and only include it here as it is used in the ad above from Life Magazine 1943.
The style re-surfaced in the 70s with a leaner silhouette, worn as a caftan or belted with a sash, and was meant as a casual party dress.
And here we are today...with an immense variety of styles in maxi dresses to choose from. I continue to use the word patio dress for my current project, as that connotes sporty, preppy, cotton or linen, a bit fitted, and meant to be worn at home after a day on the water or the court.
A maxi dress seems to be a bit more stylish, with more draping and details and perhaps made up in a style which shows off some skin.
~Of course, your definition may be entirely different~
This is KS 3872 and I am making View A in a bright, printed linen blend. The front of the dress falls in a simple line from the bust, and the back has a zipper and ties.
So far, I have the front panels done, and one seam finished. This is a slow sewing process for me as I love the dress, love the fabric, and love the history behind this style. Here is a photo of the pieces pinned on the dressform before I started sewing.
Here is closeup of the print.
Stay tuned as I take my time with this dress which represents so much of my California childhood.