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Dottie Angel Frock review

Dottie Angel Frock review

The Dottie Angel Frock, or Simplicity 1080, has been very aptly described as “granny chic”. It’s also the perfect summer dress, with quite the cult following on Instagram. I loved it enough to make two versions, and practically lived in them during the heatwave. Both were the long version with a contrast band.

Dottie Angel Frock version 1

Dottie Angel Frock version 1

Version 1 features this insanely colourful sunflower print as the main fabric. I’d originally bought it to make a pair of 70’s wide-legged trousers, then remembered I never wear trousers. The patch pockets have a cute bee fabric on (originally meant for a vest top to match the sunflower trousers), and I decided to tone the dress down slightly with a plain purple for the waist ties and contrast band.

Version 2 features a purple abstract floral fabric I got from a charity shop for just £4. The contrast band has dinosaur skeletons, and I kept the boney theme for the patch pockets have fish skeletons.

Dottie Angel Frock version 2

Dottie Angel Frock version 2

The dress was pretty simple to put together. I only have 3 criticism/suggested alterations:

  1. The ties are a bit too long. As in, I have to hold them out of the toilet bowl whenever I go for a wee.

  2. Although I love the dolman cap sleeves, the top of the side seams under the arm pit doesn’t look great.

  3. This is just my laziness, but I could not be bothered to french seam/bias bind every single edge.

  4. The recommended 1/4” bias tape for the pockets lead to a lot of fraying on the pink fish fabric. I eventually removed the 1/4” binding and resewed the pockets with 1/2” tape. Much more secure.

Pocket detail

Pocket detail

Overall thoughts, I love this pattern!

(And quick tip, use quilters clips rather than pins to attach the binding round the edges of the pockets.)

Tips for those new to sewing

Tips for those new to sewing

Child's quilt made from old knit baby clothes

Child's quilt made from old knit baby clothes