I’m especially fond of vintage patterns from the 1970s, because I can almost always rely on a size 8 to fit well with little to no adjustments. Carefree McCalls 6209 is pleasantly no exception. The only change I made was to switch the original skirt pattern for a long, full, rectangular dirndl-style skirt with a bias binding waist stay. This dress is a combination between views E and A, made out of a king-size striped one hundred percent cotton sheet I bought at the thrift store a few months ago. Sheets are an economical way of getting a large amount of cotton for much less than buying yardage at the fabric store, and they tend to be a thicker weight. This particular sheet was especially tightly woven, which gives the dress a lot of crispness. It is very light and cool on hot summer days, and I’m pleased with how well it fits and how comfortable it is to wear. I also like the bishop sleeves a great deal; they give the dress a slightly Victorian look. Given that I feel that my life to be rather Victorian at times, I don’t mind looking it. The past and present are rarely so far apart.
Mr and Mrs Rat
Mr and Mrs Rat like to sew.