Friday, August 21, 2015

Another Dottie Angel Frock and a Faux Frock for Little Miss


I really enjoyed my recently made Dottie Angel Frock and decided to make another for myself and another for my "Little Miss".


We had lots of fun in our matching Mother's Day dresses so I decided to make identical dresses this go round. The blue fabrics for these dresses are from the Lisette line and purchased from JoAnn fabrics last Fall. The white on her dress is a cotton sateen and the white on mine is a white cotton with a slight texture. 


I made this dress as directed by the pattern this time. I cut the size small in all pieces and sewed it with French seams. I find I prefer the fit of the first dress that was a result of a cutting error. I think the white contrast  portion of the skirt is too wide. It draws undue attention to my toothpicks.


I also feel there is extra fabric under the bust that makes for a less flattering fit. I cut the ties to the length of the large. This length allows me to tie it around the front for an empire look. These fit differences are not deal breakers by any means. I enjoy both dresses, but like I said, prefer the fit of the xsmall- small size combo. 


 To make the dress for "Little Miss", I used Simplicity 1704 as the base with minor modifications. 


I added ties to the side seams.


And yellow bias trimmed pockets 

6-inch wide square with a tin used to shape the curve.


I enlarged the back neckline by a graduated 1.5 inch slope. This allowed me to omit the zipper.
I trimmed the neck and arms of her dress with bias tape rather than the facings suggested by the pattern. 


We love our dresses! She wants to wear it everyday and wants more! I will likely make others for her, but I may be done with this dress for now.

Happy Sewing,
Bianca



10 comments:

  1. Great job! Enjoy your daughter wanting to match, it won't last forever! You two are the cutest!
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    1. Thanks Bonnie! I don't mind if she does not want to match me forever. I do however, want her to use me as her guide for appropriate dress.

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  2. Bianca, without sounding weird, may I say you are just stunningly beautiful! This blue on you is just so pretty and your lucky little daughter is a doll! Well done! Another great make!
    Sue

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    1. Thanks Sue, it would be weird if you didn't say it! ;p You are too kind, I appreciate it. Blue is my favorite color, it makes me so happy to wear it.

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  3. I too was drawn to the blue against your face not the white--so pretty. The matching dresses are just too cute!

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  4. Blue is definitely your color - your look gorgeous. Enjoy your little one. They do grow up so fast!

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    1. Thanks Tomasa! I am amazed at how quickly time is flying! I am trying to be mindful and intentional with every day.

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  5. Wow! Just found you on the Dottie Angel Dress Instagram. Was needing some inspiration and you are incredible!! Such awesome clothes! I'm really interested in the shwe shwe African fabrics right now. I'm thinking they are the same or similar to the ankara you've used. Love what you did with it! :D

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    1. Thanks for stopping by with your kind words! I will figure out this Instagram thing yet! I am not familiar with shwe shwe fabrics, I will go do some googling, not that my stash needs any building!

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