The Fig Frock: Simplicity 1080 Dottie Angel Dress

Simplicity1080 Dottie Angel Frock made by Ivy Arch

Having resolved to cease blogging my dress makes (as documenting them often takes as long as making them), I will break this resolution to join in with the collective outpouring of joy at having finally got my hands on Dottie Angel's sewing pattern for Simplicity - released in the UK this month.

Dottie Angel's pattern for Simplicity, sewing and pocket details

Deciding to make C (the dress version with contrast skirt band), this long awaited frock needed some celebratory fabric so I chose two bold fruity fig print cottons – both end-of-line quilting fabrics bought at Worthing's Sewing Machine Shop. These fabrics remind me of Adelle Lutz's Urban Camouflage costumes for David Byrne's film True Stories.

The Fig Frock: Simplicity 1080 made by Ivy Arch

It's a quick dress to make and the pattern will lend itself well to modifications, but for my first attempt I faithfully followed the instructions. The insides are french seamed and sleeves and neckline finished with bias trim, so it's a garment that's beautiful inside and out. 

Autumn wardrobe essential dress *with figs*

My finished frock is bold and lovely and a perfect starting piece for this year's handmade autumn wardrobe.

Fig frock out in the wild