This was one of those fabrics that I saw and snatched up immediately, hoarding the giant bolt of fabric around the store with me and refusing to let it out of my site. An Oscar de la Renta cotton, that felt like BUTTA. And it was only $14.95 per yard!! This fabric alone makes me want to get back into my car and take the 7 hour drive to NYC. It was like finding a diamond among the rows and rows of textiles. The stars aligned, the heavens parted, I heard the angels sing, and I was reminded of exactly why I love to sew. It’s for fabric like THIS.
I brought the fabric home and longingly stared at it for a couple of weeks, dreaming bohemian dreams of what I would make with it. Then something funny happened.
You see, I had included this cute little dress pattern in my 16 patterns to try in 2016 post, and I couldn’t quite get the pattern image out of my head. I knew I had to make it, but couldn’t find the right fabric. In fact, I had even went so far as to order fabric from an on-line store, only to be disappointed upon its arrival when I realized it wasn’t what I wanted for the Dottie Angel. I started to want to bang my head against the desk, and had almost shelved the pattern. The pinks, dusty roses, peach, and nude palettes that I wanted just weren’t coming together for me.
And then I cleaned my sewing desk.
Have you ever noticed that a simple cleaning can completely revitalize you? It’s hard to see the possibilities before you, when you have no room for them. During the organizing, the dottie angel sewing pattern ended up on top of my Oscar de la Renta fabric, and a new vision was born.
Dottie Angel Dress – Simplicity dress pattern.
Pattern: Simplicity Dottie Angel
Fabric: Oscar de la Renta, Mood fabrics
Time needed: 2.5 hours
Thoughts on the Dottie Angel pattern:
The pattern is a great beginner pattern for a cute sundress. Fabric requirements are at a minimum (as far as dresses are concerned), as there is no lining or facing. The pattern teaches great technique for using single fold bias for necklines and armsyce, as well as how to cover all seams without using a serger. My favorite part of the pattern was the mini pleat detail along the front of the dress, which I didn’t see on the pattern photos originally. It really helps the dress to fit well, causing the dress not to rely solely on the back tie to cinch things in. It is very comfortable, and I will definitely be wearing it this Spring / Summer.
I made the Small, and found there was plenty of room. Go with the bust measurement for cutting out the correct pattern size – as waist and hip don’t matter much for this particular pattern (unless you are very pear shaped).
A flattering dress for most body shapes, with the fit and flair style. I believe you will be very happy with the dottie angel pattern, and I will absolutely make it again.
Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…