Okay, firstly I did iron it before I tool the photos, but it crumples as I was getting it on the dummy. I also pressed the collar the wrong way. Don’t shoot me.
So. I had such a good response from my first bash with a Deer and Doe pattern that I thought I’d have another go. It’s such a simple and comfy shape, great for the summer, and with enough skirt in it that it’s still really glamorous even on a workday. I’ve made this for work at a café where I’m lucky enough to be able to wear my own clothes, and it’s great.
It’s made from a bargain £1.99 a metre cotton from Regency Rags on eBay, so in total the whole dress cost me just over a fiver. Granted, it’s not the most glamorous fabric, and it does crease very easy (hence the crumpled photos), but it’s a robust fabric and the tiny pinstripes contain yellow, grey, dark blue and purple, and it goes with light and dark accessories.
This one is actually nearly two sizes smaller than my previous Réglisse dress, to reflect the weight that I’ve lost (11lbs and counting), and also realising that it was nicer not to elasticate the waistband but to leave it loose and either belt it in, or wear it under my work apron, which fastens there anyway.
This fabric was incredibly wide, so there is a lot left over, and I was able to do a full-width skirt.
Again, I’ve edged it with bias binding, this time a really cheap beige colour that I found for a few pounds for a full roll on eBay. Unfortunately, Mini got hold of it, so it’s not in a roll any more…
Hey ho, that’s toddler life.
Anyway, I really liked the way you can see the difference in the bias and straight-cut pieces in the waistband, bodice and skirt, I think that worked well and gives an interest to a pretty run-of-the-mill fabric.
I’ve also again left the opening unfastened so that I can get it over the bust easily, which is great as it doesn’t have any other fastenings. One thing that didn’t turn out too great was the placement of the bust darts, as the smaller size has moved them into the wrong position – far too high up on the bust. It’s not that noticeable, and I’m planning to adjust them downwards the next tim I cut the pattern. It could also benefit from some waist darts, but then we’re venturing into fitted dress territory, rather than a loose fit casual wear dress. Still, it’s a good basis for some further experimentation, and I think it looks pretty good.
Next time, I’m attempting this in a chiffon fabric, hopefully not too see-through that it needs to be lined, but that can have a slip worn underneath it.
Have you tried any patterns like this?
What do you think? I’m also pondering taking the top half and turning it into a floaty blouse.