We are getting our frocks on from December 1 to 14, which still gives you time to source a copy of the pattern – it’s available in the US if you look in the right stores, also available as a download on Simplicity’s pattern site if you can’t find a paper copy.
The Dottie Angel frock is a classic shape, easy wear and simple to construct. It’s ideal for someone new to garment sewing, as there are no buttons, zips or other tricky fastenings. The design is also flattering for many body shapes, and ideal for a sweet summer dress, a patchwork masterpiece or a simple tunic to wear over your leggings. Throw on a hand-knitted cardigan and there’s a complete look!
The sample dress that I made uses gorgeous pink chevron print organic cotton from Cloud 9 Fabrics, with a touch of whimsy with chambray type pockets, scrap trim and a touch of lace around the hem. Doesn’t that look just like a petticoat?
Instead of facings, the sleeves and neckline of the dress are finished with premade bias tape, which saves a lot of cutting, and can add a fun pop of contrast colour if you want to jazz things up without being too obvious.
The fit was great, I wore this out walking the dogs at the riverside the day I finished it. The weather was hot, and the fit was so light and cool.
We have some fun posts and variations planned out for you, as this dress is as much a blank canvas for your own imagination as it is a finished product. We will be playing with seams, hems, pockets and trims. Jess will be opening proceedings on December 1st with a post about choosing fabrics, choosing your size and some basic adjustments to the pattern.
So get your pattern, mark your calendars and join in the fun starting on December 1st!