Deer and Doe Myosotis

I tend to follow my ‘guidelines’ of what suits my body shape. You can read more about this here and here. But there are times where I like to create over-sized garments or what I jokingly like to call man-repelling as inspired by the original man repeller  Leandra M. Cohen.

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The Deer and Doe Myosotis dress is a style which I think looks cute on a lot of people but I’ve been unsure if it would suit my shape or ‘normal’ style. I normally stick to the structure of pleats and darts over ruffles and gathers. So this dress, which I consider more cutesy feminine, was either going to be a love or hate situation.

Well, I’m glad to report that I love the end product! The structure of the top is perfect with the gathered skirt. It adds just the right amount of carefree summer to the garment. I didn’t want the high collar so used bias tape instead to create a plainer neckline. The fabric is lovely soft linen which I purchased from Drapers Fabrics. It’s lovely and cool for the summer. I lovingly refer to this dress as my picnic dress as it’s perfect for summer picnics!

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Deer and Doe drafting suits my body shape. They draft for a woman who is 165cm tall, curvy with a c-cup which is basically a copy of my shape. I made a size 44. The only other adjustment I made was to reduce the size of the skirt to fit the width of my fabric. It saved a lot of extra fabric and removed a small amount of ease.

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I love the fit of the top. I’m surprised that more people haven’t used it as a basis for pattern hacking. I’m thinking about adjusting the collar pieces from the Melilot blouse to use with the top of this dress.

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If you’ve been on the fence with this design, like I have, I challenge you to try it! It’s a wonderful summer garment for days where it’s too hot or perfect for days where you want a little bit more comfort room. I recently wore it to a beer festival where it hid all my bloating.

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Here’s to having lots of fun this summer and finding more time to sew over the summer break.

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  1. Andrea says:

    I am pleased it worked for you because I have just bought it and had the exact same thoughts about suiting my shape. Deer and Doe seem to do a good job of drafting for hourglass and pear shapes so I was quietly confident. I also thought the top leant itself to a bit of pattern hacking. My version may have to wait for the New Year now as I am running out of time.

    I have just finished Stylearc Ariana and this was another pattern that shouldn’t work on my shape but I love it so if you are looking for a sundress I highly recommend it!

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    1. Deer and Doe patterns are so great! I am disappointed that their new book is full of ‘basics.’ I can’t wait to see your interpretation of the Myosotis.

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