I have so many opinions about the Deer And Doe Myosotis Dress! Which makes for a good sewing pattern, don’t you think? Nothing worse than indifference, after all.
I was inspired to sew this after trying on a dress in COS. A cotton dress that cost £80. Nah, mate, I thought, placing it back on the rack. I own a sewing machine.
And I LOVE my Myosotis dress. It’s a loose-fitting shirtdress with a tiered skirt. I would never have considered this pattern if I hadn’t seen Rachel of The Foldline wearing it at The Sewing Weekender. I thought she looked absolutely beautiful and I couldn’t stop gazing at her. I was sold.
So, the Myosotis. Once you nail the bodice fit, you’re laughing – but you do need to nail the bodice fit.
A glance at the finished measurements led me to go down a size. I could probably have gone down two sizes. I needed to tweak:
- 1.5 cm off the shoulders
- 2cm off the back bodice waist
- Lower the bust dart by 5cm
I note these adjustments here as an aide-memoire to myself and they’re not untypical for my body. I recommend everyone tweak this bodice to suit their preferred fit and I’d suggest a bodice toile.
For goodness sake, don’t toile the rest of the dress! How many gathers do you need to make in one lifetime?
A couple of other points about this pattern:
- Ignore their instructions for attaching the collar and find a better technique
- Consider sewing a more narrow sleeve
- Maybe lengthen the sleeve piece if you’re going for the sleeve ruffle
- DEFINITELY consider adding a third tier if you’re sewing the tiered skirt
This last point was the biggie, for me. I added a final tier that lengthened the skirt by 5 inches. This felt like the missing piece of the jigsaw puzzle to this beautiful dress. That last tier really helps with the hang and it sits well on the leg. For my tastes, at least.
I used fabric bought from TMOS. Some sort of tencel twill, I believe. It looks black, but it’s actually a very dark grey.
I was lucky. This fabric gathered easily with only one row of basting thread. Test how easily your fabric gathers on a swatch of fabric before commencing with the make. Because there is a lot of gathering. I didn’t find this stressful, but it gave me the weirdest headache and neck tension!
I’ve heard great things about gathering feet for sewing machines. What say you? Very tempted.
I’m already fantasising about sewing this dress in a nice, heavy silk. Oh, wouldn’t that be divine?