Basic Skills Necessary:
- Basic Sewing Skills
- Attaching a Collar - Skill
I had a customer request this ratcatcher dickie pattern through my Etsy store. She was having trouble attaching the collar herself and pressing the riding dickie. This pattern has great photo instructions on attaching the collar and getting a crisp press.
Paying equestrian boutique prices for English dickies is just ridiculous. The best parts of this English riding Dickie is that it's reversible, custom, takes minimal fabric, and is easy to sew.
The pattern includes two files. One with instructions, the other with the pattern. Instructions include over 30 color photos to help you along the way.
Sizing / Finished Measurements:
- You will need two pieces of 24" x 28" fabric to make each side of your dickie. This is assuming that you use the same fabric for the button stand and the collar as the front of your dickie. If you would like contrasting colors, the button stand and collar are small pieces and can usually be cut from scrap fabric. I highly recommend using 100% quilting cotton for this project. I got a little crazy for the example and tried to use satin/brocade fabric. Slippery fabrics are extremely hard to work with and even experienced sewers will have trouble. You will get a crisper press with cotton without the fear of melting it.
- You will need a medium weight collar interfacing. The amount is vary little you should either have scraps, cut from 1 yard, or buy a pre-cut piece in a bag. I like the Pellon brand.
You Will Also Need:
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- Buttons. Totally up to you on what type of buttons you would like. Note that the button stand is 1" wide when finished. The example dickie has no buttons as I couldn't find any to match in my stash lol.
- Matching thread for your front and back. Because this is a reversible dickie you will always want to be aware of what color you have in your bobbin and needle when topstiching.
- Fusible webbing, Wonder tape, or fabric glue. We will be using this to tack the button stand to the front of the dickie before topsticing it down.