sewing a Dottie Angel Frock

At last ! Simplicity 1080 is in the house and has now had all its pieces sewn together. So without further ado may I present to you my very first Dottie Angel Frock…

Thanks must go to Chrissie from Chrissie Crafts because originally this pattern: Simplicity 1080 could only be acquired from the states. Chrissie got together with her IG friends and very graciously ordered the patterns to be sent to her Mum in the US who then posted them to Chrissie, who then with only hours to spend before her vacation, posted them all to us… Thank you Chrissie and your Mum!

The Details:

The pattern says you will need bias binding and contrasting fabric (0.30m for a contrast pocket)
I did not use any shop bought bias binding. I made my own in the contrast fabric and only used it around the neck and arm holes as a decorative trim that showed. The pattern uses it for binding the seams, as a decorative trim around the pockets, and instead of facings for the arms and neckline.

I used crochet lace as a trim for my pockets, not bias binding, and I double sewed my pockets (I cut four) for a stronger pocket and a neater finish. Those pockets will be holding a phone and goodness knows what else so they will need a bit of strength!
Be careful that you sew through the pocket and the bias binding when you sew the pockets to the dress or else the pocket will pull away from the dress.

I also lowered the position of the ties so they were under my chest rather than flattening and sitting on top of my bust!

The only other change I made was making a smaller contrasting panel and only putting it on the front panel a bit like patchwork, I then added some wider crochet lace to look like a petticoat.

You may recognise that the style of these photos are an ‘homage’ to the lady herself!

Bestest sewing wishes



  1. 25th October 2016 / 3:50 pm

    I made this dress and love it! I only wish I would have dropped those tie backs down in the first place…. They do sit right on top of the girls don't they? I have also made your 8087 and LOVE,LOVE, LOVE it!!!!! Thank you for inspiring me. Have a wonderful day!

  2. 1st March 2016 / 5:33 pm

    Hi Daisy Thanks for posting this and you do look lovely and fresh. I considered this pattern but the Americans seemed to struggle so much.The sleeves could be very unattractive, maybe they used a stiff fabric You nailed it ..:) so maybe I will give it a try

  3. 26th October 2015 / 8:44 pm

    I think you did awesome and I am going to try the dress myself as well. I thank you for all the tips you posted on the dress and was wondering which size did you try?

  4. 29th July 2015 / 10:43 am

    You look gorgeous in this, very retro-chic. I just know I'd look like a frumpy 1950s housewife, unfortunately – just too fat!

  5. 28th July 2015 / 8:24 am

    I love this! I love how this pattern can be customised to make it your own x

  6. 27th July 2015 / 4:03 pm

    It's lovely – the crochet trim is a great addition and I love the contrasting patterns. I love the sideways photos – they remind me of 'Holly Hobby' – do you remember that from the 70s or are you too young? Judy.

    • 27th July 2015 / 9:06 pm

      Thank Judith I have to admit yes I do remember all those 'Holly Hobby' girls I used to draw them all over my school books!!!
      best D xx

  7. 27th July 2015 / 10:25 am

    Dear Daisy
    This is a fabulous dress and looks great on you. Inspired by you (again), I have ordered the pattern. It looks to be similar to the Kate tunic dress which I have managed to make. Is it reasonably easy to make up for those of us still quite new to making our own clothes? (I hope so!) I am also considering the Bettine dress pattern too…
    Best wishes

    • 27th July 2015 / 9:05 pm

      Hi Ellie yes it is very easy! but Bettine is even easier! you must sew both and give me a shout if you get stuck or have any questions!!
      bestest Daisy j x

  8. 27th July 2015 / 8:34 am

    Gorgeous dress and such a great job to get the pattern.

    • 27th July 2015 / 9:04 pm

      Thank you yes I was lucky Chrissie includede me!
      bestest to you and yours
      A xx

  9. 27th July 2015 / 8:14 am

    I would live in this dress. It is beautiful. And what pretty fabric! Anna x

    • 27th July 2015 / 9:03 pm

      Hi Anna i have to say the pockets are very very handy, thanks for you lovely comment!
      best d x

  10. 27th July 2015 / 6:48 am

    Very nice, I really like all the little details you have added. So envious of your wardrobe! x

    • 27th July 2015 / 9:02 pm

      Thank you my wardrobe is now overflowing with me made dresses!
      best d x

  11. 27th July 2015 / 5:24 am

    Wonderful ! And a great idea to add the lace edge, it just "works" with the pattern !

    • 27th July 2015 / 9:01 pm

      Thanks Ingrid it was a bit of a last minute decision but sometimes I think they are the best decisions..
      best d x

  12. 26th July 2015 / 10:32 pm

    You look absolutely lovely in this great pattern. I just may have to go look it up.

    • 27th July 2015 / 9:00 pm

      Thank you …I'm still undecided as to wether its really 'me' ?
      best d x

  13. 26th July 2015 / 8:08 pm

    Lovely job! The fabrics you've used are terrific and it all works wonderfully.
    I have ordered my pattern and I can't wait to get sewing.

    • 27th July 2015 / 9:00 pm

      Oh exciting its a fast sew too!
      d x

  14. 26th July 2015 / 7:52 pm

    I adore this pattern, and your frock is lovely. Love the lace poking out at the bottom, great touch.

    • 27th July 2015 / 8:59 pm

      Thank you a bit like my slip has slipped!
      d xx