When I first spyed The Dottie Angel Frock had to have it. I thought to myself, “This is the ugliest cute dress I have ever seen”. Finally, I made my very own first one.
Shopping my stash there was no doubt she would be a bedsheet project. Save for the patch pockets I used sheets for the top and bottom halves.
Dottie angel employs french side seaming and a buncha bias tape. I love working with bias tape. The wider the better. Get this, it is all on the inside; no one will see it, but me.
Then again, I guess you will see it because I just posted it. I went with gold between sections and the sleeves and green for the hem.
When I read a review of this dress somewhere it seemed to be difficult or maybe fussy is a better word due to the french seams and the biased interior. Thankfully I decided to go with the instructions because it was not hard to make at all and was quite fun. May I label this dress whimsical even?
The one thing I did change was at the advice of a predecessor and doubled the pockets. She said it imparted strength for carrying things; i.e., cell phones. Will I do so for upcoming dresses, I do not know. I am leaning toward not doing so. Speaking of strength, I need to get into the habit of backstitching at the end of my seams for one of my pockets is coming loose where I did not do that. I’ll have to fix it when I take it off to get dressed for worship later.Project wrap-up:
This was a fun, easy, and inexpensive project. Every bit was shipped from my personal stash. That is always a plus. I highly recommend this dress to others. I will be making more of these.
Shortly after cutting the fabric I realized I was making it too large. Since this is a house dress of sorts I decided not to sweat it and simply make the next one a skosh smaller. Basically the hip area is fine, the upper portion is too large in the XL size that I cut. Also, I may lengthen it so that when I sit down my knees are covered. When I look at the sleeve area compared to the pattern and other lovely sewists’ projects mine are way too big.
The original is this lil cute cap-like sleeve. Mine feel like elephant ears! But, it sure is comfy!
The scoop on the front is too low also. I expect all this will be addressed with a smaller size Large cutting.