Deer & Doe: Myosotis dress

I love the Myosotis dress from Deer and Doe. It’s a fab non-maternity pattern suitable for maternity wear, and for afterwards too. What’s not to like?!

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7 months pregnancy here…can you tell?

Meant to be a summer make, I finished this in time for autumn. Given it pairs well with tights, has easy access for breastfeeding if I need it, and is nice and loose-fitting, I’m confident it’ll see me through the major body changes I’ll be going through this winter, and serve me well into the summer (and hopefully many years to come).

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And a word on this epic fabric. It’s a cotton lawn from Sew Me Sunshine. As the lovely Harriet said to me on Instagram, it screams Oliver Bonas. I had to buy it as soon as I saw it, and once it arrived I managed to cut it out within a few weeks – super fast for Sew Slow Sarah.

So how was the pattern to make? Pretty easy actually! The most difficult part was the collar – I think I prefer the method I use for the Kalle shirt band collar. There seemed to be a lot of bulk, and I’m not sure it sits as well as I would like as a result (it’ll do though, I’m not too precious).

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Gathers for days…

Gathering is not my favourite, but I didn’t mind for this make. I think I might be ready to tackle the Wilder now….

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To ensure it fit my growing belly, I cut a waist and hip measurement one size bigger than the bust. I toiled it first to ensure that it’d be OK (nobody wants to risk wasting beautiful fabric) and it fit me well both on the bust and left a good amount of growth on the waist. Since then, my bust size has changed, and I’ve had to switch to a soft bra which gives less support, and so if I were to make it again, I’d be doing an FBA as it is a bit tight across my chest. Again though, I’m not precious, and I know my shape and size will change a lot over the next few months.

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All in all a fab make – it only took 2.5 metres, so I still have a metre of this delicious fabric left (I predict a cropped Kalle!). And I’m already planning my next Myosotis.

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