The “Little bit of Horrockses” Dickie
Fabric: Vintage apron in Horrockses Cotton $4, and polka dot scrap from stash
Pattern: Vogue 6984 combined with Simplicity S.119 – about $5
Year: Early 1950’s
Notions: A button and the whole front is interfaced
Time to complete: A crazy 7 hours, and a good hour for testing out the wing collar and fitting pieces into scraps!
First worn: for the photos
Wear it again? Yes – its more comfortable than a shirt would be and is a hint of vintage for a work day
Total Cost: $10This little apron came from an op shop.
I thought it looked old – you don’t see much polished cotton these days. I sometimes buy aprons because they are often in interesting old fabrics. I think old ladies (often excellent recyclers!) make them from scraps left over from frocks. This apron was made up from lots of narrow strips and a whole lotta selvage (the taupe section)! It is sewn in very tight zig stitches which were a nightmare to unpick – so I left some in! There was a lot piecing together to make this Dickie – you can see the seams in random places. It really turned out to be a nightmare.
The fabric is pretty special. The print really caught my eye. The figures are dressed in Rococo fashions and are drawn in a very cartoonish style. Cute colours: pink purple yellow and aqua – very on trend for summer – according to Pantone’s forecast.
Recently I was trawling around the net researching 50’s dresses and I found in Te Papa (New Zealand’s National Museum) collection a Horrockses dress in the same fabric as my little apron. Thought it would be perfect to make to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee.
When The Queen toured New Zealand in 1953-4 she wore a number of Horrockses dresses. My mum bought one in a tulip print She bought it because it was similar to what The Queen had. Mum likes The Queen.
So it is with great pleasure I celebrate The Queens Jubilee with a wee Dickie.
It matches my 50’s cardi rather well don’t you think? I had never attempted a wing collar before. Fiddly but good I think. You could have lots of fun with stripes and a wing collar. That sounds incredibly nerdy.
She is a trooper – congrats Mrs Quinn, and thanks for all the years of gracious service (said in a strong New Zealand accent. Check out Flight of the Conchords if you don’t know what it sounds like!).
Sorry it’s on the mannequin – it was one of those weeks and I hate my new haircut! Lots more photos on my blog.