Greetings and welcome to Part Two of the Dottie Angel Frock-along Pleats and Pockets edition. Today is going to be a lot simpler than yesterday’s post. The Dottie Angel Frock has been made and reviewed by multiple bloggers around the world, so I am going to link you up to the best tutorials that I’ve been able to find. Everyone has their own spin on this dress, which I think is part of what makes it so awesome.
Christine Haynes is a marvellous pattern designer and sewist in her own right, so I ended up following her instructions for my first attempt at the Dottie Angel Frock pockets. Her tutorial/review is here, and her way of attaching the bias to the pockets before stitching it onto the frock makes things much easier!
Ashley of Lazy Daisy Jones made an absolutely beautiful frock in multiple prints – and I totally love her pockets. Instead of edging them in bias, she made double fabric pockets – stitch them right sides together almost all the way around, leaving a gap for turning at the bottom. Turn them out, press the edges and seam allowance inside, then top stitch them onto the dress, which will also close up the turning gap. This gives a really neat finish for your pockets with the extra strength of the double fabric. I absolutely adore her use of crochet trim with her fabrics. So feminine!
Sew Psyched has another pocket version where she uses a double piece for the pockets, but actually still makes the pleats as per the original pattern. She skips the placket at the top of the pocket, but you could just as easily add that into this version if you wanted another pop of contrast.
Some other ideas that I have seen being used, but not necessarily blogged about, including using doilies or other pieces of vintage lace/clothing with trim for the pockets or making one large “kangaroo” pocket (you would need to stitch a divider or two down this or it would have a rather unfortunate looking sag!). It is absolute inspiration looking at all the different makes that have been shared – a Pinterest search for Dottie Angel Frock is just full of loveliness! Granny chic at it’s finest, and it’s been embraced by women of all ages and sizes!
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