I fall victim to joann’s pattern sales every once in awhile. Case in point for the new dottie angel and sew house seven patterns they’ve released. While dottie angel as pictured on the pattern package isn’t really my taste. I do appreciate the simple lines, but not the suzy homemaker fabric or design choices. I did have some fall colored rayon challis I bought years ago that I could use. So I set to making a muslin.
I’m very glad I did toille this pattern! While it was a very simple garment, the bust pleats were WAY to high on me. I think they’re supposed to fall just under the bust, so I marked on my muslin where they would look best on me. I lowered them about two inches overall.
There were some steps that didn’t make much sense to me. The way thee sleeves are finishes and the way the waist ties are created – I go over those more in detail in the video if you’re interested in checking that out- It’s below the video.
With all the issues I seem to have had with this pattern, regardless of the outcome, I would not recommend this pattern if you’re not comfortable with basic altering.
Now that I’ve sewn it up, I think I would alter the pattern even more if I were to make it again. I would maybe add an actual sleeve shape, think the short sleeve on face tiger crafts fen dress where there’s an actual armpit curve. The way it has you finish the arm hole left me with some exposed bias tape ends on the inside of the dress. I would sew the bias tape in the round once I adjusted the sleeve shape.
Despite all my issues, I don’t think the dress turned out all that bad. It’s easy to wear, and the drape of the fabric makes it look a bit nicer than it actually is. Make sure to check out the video below. I go into detail on the construction and talk more about my issues with Simplicity 1080