The “Little bit of Horrockses” Dickie

This 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!

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 for the Queen’s Jubilee Celebrations this week.  The other ladies on the Sew Weekly are also doing this theme if you care to take a look.

Horrockses Fashions by Christine Boydell

– this book is fantastic if you are into 40/50’s fashions.

When The Queen toured New Zealand in 1953-4 she wore a number of Horrockses dresses.  My mum Natalie Blair bought one in this tulip print in a grey and yellow colourway.  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?

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!).

The Facts
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: $10

Charlotte has done some reserach on Dickies here:
And so has Jemina Bean

Sorry it’s on the mannequin – it was one of those weeks and I hate my new haircut!

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9 thoughts on “The “Little bit of Horrockses” Dickie

  1. Very sweet! Love the Crown Lynn swan you’ve snuck into the photos – very nice touch. 😉

    Oh noes about the new haircut though! 😦

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  3. Just popped over for a sticky beak and Wow! Had to tell you how special that neckline is and inspiring use of fabric too. I’m afraid a lot of sewing time and I have to say I probably would have given up well before that! Obviously worth it though.

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