Just before the summer holidays my lovely Instagram friend Chrissie Crafts sent some Dottie Angel Simplicity patterns to us Dottie fans.
During my time in Cornwall I was plotting and planning, and seeing lots of beautiful Dottie frocks popping up on blogs and social media.
The wonderful thing about this pattern is that you can use so many fabric combinations and tweak and customise to your heart's desire.
I think this teams up perfectly with my beautiful necklace gifted to me by my good friend Di Tinker Foster, (she runs workshops at Hope and Elvis and I'm so excited as I will be going to one in October! Whoop!)
But for quite a while I had lost my dress making confidence and I was a tad nervous.
However I had been to some brilliant workshops at Hope and Elvis, one with Rachel from Dock and Nettle and one with Leah Halliday.
Both ladies are extremely talented designers, pattern cutters and seamstresses and I learned so much from them.
Rachel's workshop taught me to keep things simple and to take things slowly.
Leah taught me the joys of under stitching and how to cut out my fabric properly!
(Louise at Hope and Elvis also showed me the right way round to pin my pins...this has changed my life!)
I became a little overwhelmed at the possible fabric choices.
Should I go floral?
Clash my prints?
But in the end I chose this simple mattress ticking style linen.
What shall I go for next?