This is another dress from about two years ago. I made my 1970s-era McCall 3562 pattern out of a king-size cotton sheet I found at the thrift store. It has a very subtle stripe which makes a slight chevron on the full skirt of this comfortable pullover dress. The most interesting feature of this pattern is the sleeves, which are gathered at the top and have a tuck at the front, creating a puff without needing a band at the bottom. The inside of the sleeves have a facing to keep the tuck from opening while moving around. I’ve only seen this style of sleeves on 1930s and 1940s era patterns, reflecting the 1970s eclectic taste for using features of past fashions in new combinations. The v-neck has a facing all around it that is sewed onto the outside, overlaps at the front of the chest, and then wraps around to make a bow in the back. This gives the dress an empire shape without using any zippers or buttons at all. It is very inventive, I think, and one of the reasons why I like to sew 1970s-era patterns so much.
Mr Rat and Gia and I walked to a nearby park on Sunday afternoon so Gia could walk about off-leash while we took our photos. While we were there a friendly dog came running by, greeted Gia, and was off with his master on a bicycle a minute later.
I am wearing my homemade dress with a straw hat my mom bought for me in the Los Angeles fabric district last year. The jewelry is all aquamarine: the necklace was from Kohls from some years back, and the ring I inherited from my grandmother. The metals don’t match, but the stones do, so I often wear them together anyway. They both match my blue dress so well.
Mr and Mrs Rat
Mr and Mrs Rat like to sew.