Simplicity 1080: The Dottie Angel Frock

The Dottie Angel frock is country chic at its best.  When I first saw this pattern it was love at first sight.   We were living on a homestead in the South trying to build a small family farm and it spoke to me.  Simply perfect for a house dress to be worn while doing chores and even while chillaxing at home.  Even the hubby liked it (which makes sense because he likes homely looking dresses).  This dress screams “homely”; don’t you think?

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As one who enjoys repurposing this is a good project for a bed sheet design.  I am curious as to what this will look like on a granny such as myself.  Tickles and giggles!  When we first arrived at our new home I purchased a pair of black ankle boots.  A photograph with this frock and those boots out by the woods should will be interesting.  As for Spring/Summer wear I have a pair of silver thong sandals that put me in the mind of Birkenstock knock-offs that I think will be cute paired with this dress on a sunny day!

Somehow getting the hint that the Dottie Angel is a big deal I Googled to see what I could find.  “House On Hill Road” was one of the sites that featured the Dottie Angel.  Apparently there is information on Pinterest too though I have yet to visit them.  The pattern reviews that I did read indicated the instructions to not be on point with confusing steps which make the construction of this dress needlessly difficult.  Ay yi yi!  The dress looks so basic on the envelope.  I decided to read over the instructions for myself before cutting into fabric.

 

I confess – I will not be making a toile.  I will; however, tissue fit and check the tuck placements along with checking for appropriate length.  Mine must be below the knee even while sitting.

The dress employs french seams and bias tape up the wazoo.  Get this — the tape is on the inside; no one will see it except me.  Oh, I guess you will because if I am going to do all of that for a simple house/work frock I am going to at least take a shot of my handiwork to show you, LOL.  Maybe I have a crazy colour in my stash.  So, I think I will make this dress as instructed by the Simplicity people this time and see how it goes.  Perhaps subsequent (and there will assuredly be some) Dottie Angels may undergo Sew Lyrically styled adjustments.

Okay, so here’s the deal.   Since it has been so long since I blogged I did not want you to think I had fallen off the world.  Been busy relocating and looking for work.  My original plan was to blog about the entire project now; but, guess what?  I left the cord for my digital camera at home  and can not upload the photographs of the fabric chosen for this project.  Therefore, my experience with this dress will be a near future blog post.

I will share this, finally I shopped my stash.  It is always so cool when I read you ladies “shopping your stashes”.  🙂  The two larger pieces are bed sheets, the pocket (small piece of fabric) is a quilting cotton.  Now, here’s hoping I have suitable bias tape for I do not feel like going through the rigamaroll of making some for this project.

To keep us all eagerly anticipating the Sew Lyrically styled Dottie Angel, let’s check out some other gals’ frocks.

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By Dottie Angel Herself
House On The Hill
House On The Hill’s Dottie Angel Frock

Stay tuned with me gals (and guys if there are any following me).

Cheers,

Lyric

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10 thoughts on “Simplicity 1080: The Dottie Angel Frock

  1. Nice! I’m not a big fan of patch pockets, but that looks like a great about-the-house dress. I like that it’s kind of sleeveless but without being totally shoulderless as well. Looking forward to seeing your version!

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  2. nothy

    I love this pattern. It is simple and so a bit of a “house dress”. I dont think the cover does this pattern justice. Your pics feom around the web are each much better. And i often tissue fit over making a muslin esp on a loose fitting dress like this one. I cant wait to see your version….

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    1. Nothy,

      Ain’t tissue fitting fitting the business? I definitely want to perfect it due to finances. I work only part-time and husband is disabled. Sewwww, often I do not have funds for making a thing twice.

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  3. BrewerBarbara

    Welcome back! I’ve missed your cheerful blog posts. I’m glad everything is cool, and you were just busy busy busy. Can’t wait to see your Dottie Angel dress!

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    1. This has got to be the cutest, lil homely dress, LOL. I am eager to get to mine. Just this morning I was thinking about what I would wear after working out. And this ditty came to mind. I am working hard to NOT wear leggings and exercise type clothing in public (meaning away from the gym).

      So good to read you.

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  4. Trish

    I made this for my daughter and she loved it. I found it a bit odd in the fitting, and as I remember, took the neckline up a bit. Good fun though.

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