Dottie Angel Wrap Dress
Posted on Friday the 4th May 2018 by The Unfinished Seamstress
Well, hello there! This is my first official post for the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network, and I'm so excited to be here! Just to jump right in, it's a Simplicity 8186
, the Dottie Angel wrap dress, in the most wonderful Atelier Brunette Garance Cotton Lawn Fabric
. Am I right in thinking that the overall feel here is little 90's-does-30's? A little Fried Green Tomatoes in flavour? Very cool housedress, very weekday, and I'm very, very happy with it.
The pattern, Simplicity 8186, was a new one for me, and if I'm honest I should have made a muslin because it's surprisingly fitted. I've recently noticed some more measurement changes (babies, amiright?), and they made a bigger difference than I anticipated. Initially I was getting some gaping at the neckline. I shortened the bodice by about an inch at the waist, and that fixed the problem beautifully, but I did it in a funny way: I basically turned the waist seam into a large flat fell seam. It was maybe a weird idea, when I could have easily just nipped it out on the inside, but I feel like it gives the waist some definition. I like it. I also ended up simplifying a few things: I omitted both the bias binding around the pocket, and the rick-rack or lace on the neckline. It's not that I don't like that styling, it's just fussier than usual for me. And isn't it wonderful that when you sew, you can just take exactly what you like, and leave what you don't? At one point, though, I accidentally caught a small part of the neckline in my thread cutter, so if I get any fraying there, I'm planning on going full Dottie Angel and patching it up with a little crochet lace. It's only a teeny tiny error, not noticeable, but I was not best pleased; this fabric is pretty special.
I've done a few projects in Atelier Brunette fabric now, and they've all been a delight to sew and wear. This is no exception, with the added benefit of being cotton lawn, and therefore deliciously stable and easy to work with. The small scale floral reminds me of feed sack prints (again - 1930's vibes for me. If you're not familiar with what I mean, there was a period in America where animal feed or flour could be purchased in sacks made of printed cotton fabric that could be thriftily repurposed into clothing and quilts. It's a fascinating bit of textile history. There are definitely reproduction fabrics available out there, but mostly quilting weight from what I've seen, and I rarely want that for my garments.), but it still feels fresh and modern rather than twee or overtly historical. It's lightweight. It's soft. It's stable. It's a flipping dreamboat of a fabric. I can imagine all sorts of things in this - from vintage dresses to modern shirt patterns. Anyway, this has truly cemented my status as an Atelier Brunette fan girl - there's no going back for me now.
Plainly, I love this dress. It makes me feel good, while still being practical. It feels bright and happy, and I feel happy wearing it. What could be better than that?
Thank you so much for reading. I'll see you in a month with my next project!