For a fun summer project, we thought we’d make ourselves each a version of the Dottie Angel Frock (Simplicity pattern 1080). Of course, we had to make a few modifications to make things look just so. We both used the pattern for Dress C, since we like the bottom band in a different print, but we shortened it to a tunic length.
You may not have realized it, but our lovely quilting cottons are also great for apparel! For Audrey’s frock, we used the Emerald Swallow Study print from Joel Dewberry’s Bungalow line, with a fat quarter of the Mesa line from Cotton + Steel for the pockets, and a piece of Japanese double gauze from our stash for the bottom band.
Diane’s version uses the Dusk Celestial print from Amy Butler’s Hapi line, with a bit of Lily Ashbury’s Trade Winds for the pockets, and an Anna Maria Horner border print from our stash for the bottom band.
Instead of putting bias trim around the pockets, we added a seam allowance to the pattern pieces and turned them under. We also modified the neckline to make them a little smaller. Instead of using premade bias tape, we made our own from the fabrics we were using. (See our tutorial on making your own bias tape here!)
We’re so glad we picked this pattern up and gave it a go. We already have several more fabric combinations picked out for future sewing sessions. If you plan to use quilting cottons for clothing, we recommend washing in cold water and hanging to dry. This will extend the life of your garment and keep you looking great in it!