Deer & Doe is an indie pattern company based in Paris France, run by the lovely Eléonore – their patterns are beautifully manufactured and packaged in France – they arrive in a lovely sleeve and the pattern itself is on nice thick paper. I stumbled across Deer & Doe a few weeks ago, I often feel fussy when it comes to choosing ladies sewing patterns, I like something a bit different with classic styles but modern twists and when I looked at Deer & Doe’s pattern shop I just wanted to buy them all, this is quite a rare experience for me as often I’m used to preferring one pattern above and beyond the rest – but honestly I’d be happy to have a wardrobe full of different Deer & Doe designs – they are just stunning!!!
So I had to choose and I went for two patterns the Reglisse (Licorice in English) Dress and the Datura Blouse – I haven’t had a chance to make a Datura yet, so this post is all about the Reglisse! My pattern purchase just happened to coincide with the Deer & Doe Reglisse Sew Along so I decided to make this dress first.
This dress is a summer dress with an elasticated waistline a bias cut bodice, cap sleeves and pussy cat bow! So cute!
The dress is perfect for twirling with a really full skirt.
I made my dress out of a viscose fabric with swallows (I have a real thing for bird fabrics lately!) I cut the dress one inch longer than the pattern as I’m quite tall (5′ 10″) and added a pretty gold satin trim to the bottom of the skirt rather than making my own bias tape – this dress called for 4 metres of bias and I just felt it more economical to buy it pre made and also it gave it a bit of an “expensive” feel adding the hint of gold!
I think this dress would look super cute with a cardigan for everyday wear and will be perfect for nights out. When I make my next Reglisse I’ll likely add another few inches to the length as it’s a little shorter than I normally wear and when the wind hits that skirt it’s hard to maintain modesty
But overall I LOVE this dress, sewing with viscose for the first time went really well and the drape is beautiful! I am one happy bunny!!!
A special thanks to my 3-year-old munchkin Emma for taking these outside shots in our garden, she’s a little fashion photographer in the making ;-)