I’m back on the Sew My Style bandwagon and sewed up the new Deer and Doe Myosotis Dress. Although it’s May, this is only the second Sew My Style pattern I’ve completed (You can see my first Sew My Style post here).
Deer and Doe is an independent pattern company based out of France. They released their Spring-Summer 2018 pattern collection at the start of May. The collection included separates and the Myosotis Dress which is the May pattern for Sew My Style. While I’ve admired Deer and Doe patterns for years, I’ve never sewn one up before.
This pattern retails at 11,67 euros. In U.S. dollars, that’s about $13.75. I was able to purchase it for a little bit less because I used the discount code provided for participants of Sew My Style.
This teal floral voile was purchased at least a year ago from Stitch Sew Shop outside of Washington, D.C. I picked it up during a sale and must have paid under $20/yard. I bought a three yard cut.
Initially, I was worried about the lightness of the voile, but I think it works just fine for this dress. The skirt is a little sheer if the sun hits it directly, so I wore a slip under the dress.
According to the Deer and Doe sizing chart, I am between sizes. I am smaller on the top than the bottom; however, the dress is loose, so I didn’t have to grade between sizes. I sewed the 38 and there was plenty of room.
To sew this dress, I combined views A and B. The bell sleeves are from version A and the skirt is from version B.
I added about three inches to the length of the dress. As drafted, it is short even on my 5’3″ frame.
I took my time with this make, sewing it in 15-30 minutes sessions over a two week time period. Although I took it slow, this dress could be sewn up in a few evenings.
Initially, I was worried about the clarity of the directions because the pattern company is not based in an English-speaking country. I anticipated some of the comprehension difficulties I often have with Burda patterns. I needed have worried. The directions were great.
Deer and Doe labels their patterns based on difficulty on a 1 to 5 scale. This dress earned a 3, intermediate difficulty. I agree with the intermediate difficulty level assigned to the pattern. Nothing about the dress is particularly complicated, but you do need a lot of different sewing skills- topstitching, gathering, button holes, etc.- to complete the dress.
As advertised, this dress is very loose fitting. I was worried about the silhouette and am still unsure of it. It feels very youthful and I worry that I’m a bit too old to pull it off. The looseness around my bottom half worries me. Do I look pregnant ? Fat? The side view isn’t particularly flattering…
Despite my concerns over the bottom of the dress, I am pleased with how well the top fits. The shoulder seams and bust darts are in the perfect spots for me.
The voile fabric was a win. It keeps the dress a bit structured while still appearing soft.
I am concerned about the youthful feel of the dress and worry I look too old to pull it off. I won’t let it stop me from wearing it, but it does cause concern…
I recommend this pattern for under 3o sewists and those willing to brave a young-looking dress.