Mr Rat and I went to the library last weekend and walked around the park behind it for a while afterwards, where he was kind enough to take some photos of the dress I was wearing. It is one of the oldest dresses in my closet, made a few years ago from a vintage 1970s dress pattern, Butterick 6999. Both the dress and collar are made of cotton. It is lasting well, proof that homemade clothes can be just as durable, if not more durable, than off-the-rack clothing.
Butterick 6999 has some interesting details: the entire midriff is interfaced and lined, which gives it a structured look, and instead of back darts above the midriff on the back of the dress, it has tiny gathers. I made a few changes to my dress: originally it had long sleeves, which I hemmed back to just below elbow length to make the dress more versatile for all the seasons of the year. Instead of the flared skirt on the pattern, I substituted a gathered skirt. The under-collar is cut slightly smaller than the over-collar, and is cut on the bias, which gives the whole collar a nice roll when assembled together.
I’m fond of this dress, which fits well and is quite comfortable. My favorite aspect of it is the big, puritan-style collar. I’ll surely be using this pattern again.
Mr and Mrs Rat
Mr and Mrs Rat like to sew.