Hello! I happened upon this pattern (Simplicity 1080) a couple of weeks ago and it really appealed to me. I think it’s fairly new, I haven’t seen it around much on the sewing blogosphere. A dress or tunic described as being ‘granny chic’ hehehe!
So I ordered it and started making it up. During the week I don’t get to do much sewing but I do bits and pieces when I can. I might cut out the pattern one day then leave it hanging around on the dining room table until the next day … or the next. So I had only got around to cutting out and making the pockets when up popped the wonderful Christine Haynes in my feed with a blog post about the Dottie Angel. I am so glad I read her review before I carried on because it gave me the confidence to veer from the instructions just slightly. For starters I didn’t bother with any of the French seams – I bought this fabric ages ago from Amazon – it’s a sort of batiq and it’s quite thick. French seams with binding over the top as per the instructions would have been very bulky so I just put it together in the normal ‘right-sides-together’ fashion. If it’s good enough for Christine it’s good enough for me. I also joined the side seams a little higher than indicated to prevent the boob-flashing armhole scenario. I didn’t alter the placement of the gathers because I really liked where they are. In fact I didn’t change anything else at all. Fitting is fairly easy because it’s a loose style with the back ties giving it more shape.
I think I will make this again – I love the idea of the contrast pockets and bottom band on the dress version. It’s so comfy and relaxed. Hubby has nick-named it my ‘Portland Dress’ – I’ve never been to Portland but he has and declared it ‘land of the hipsters’ As you can see in the back-view pic below I have been wearing it all morning and it is full of creases. Yay for granny chic – I love it!