This dress, the Deer & Doe Myositis, has been sewn and seen here, there and everywhere!
I admit when it was first released, while the loose fit and shirtwaist style appealed to me, the voluminous ruffles did not.
The Myosotis is described as: Oversize shirtdress with inseam pockets. Version A has sleeve ruffles and a tiered skirt, version B has plain sleeves and a gathered skirt.
Like many patterns, you might just need to see the right fabric for inspiration to hit.
When I spied this woven viscose at Pitt Trading, I knew I had my Myosotis! It’s more blue/grey in person, and I love the combination of delicate floral and tie dye. It’s understated pretty, you have to look for the detail. I wanted a fabric with plenty of drape so those ruffles swung gently rather than being an overwhelming feature. Interestingly, I sewed my much-loved and worn Deer & Doe Fumeterre skirt in the same fabric in a different colourway!
I embraced my inner ruffle beast and opted to sew Version A with the tiered skirt and sleeve ruffles. If you are going to do it – go all the way I say!
I cut the smallest size as I was mid way between size 34 – size 36 for my bust and waist. Given the ease, I choose the smaller size.
I added an inch to the skirt piece length and was very glad I did! For reference I am 5 foot 4 and it still finishes above my knee. I decided not to add length to the ruffle as I felt it might be too ‘long’ for a ruffle and left it as it was drafted.
I almost left the sleeve ruffles off but in this fabric and print, I actually like them!
Oh my goodness. There is a lot of gathering to do! If you loathe gathering, this may not be the dress pattern for you.
I decided to hem my ruffles before I gathered them and attached them to the skirt and the sleeves.
I also used three rows of gathering stitches as I find this provides the best results for even gathers and ease of sewing.
I did experiment with gathering with fishing line (zig-zag stitch over fine fishing line as I do for tutu netting) but I don’t recommend it for lighter fabrics such as rayon and viscose. It makes the gathering much messier and harder to control. Never again!
There is a slight dragline from the neckline down towards my bust. I need to consult my fitting books and figure out if I need a forward shoulder adjustment, rounded back or some neckline fix or something else… it’s not terribly obvious but it is there if I look for it and Measure Twice, Cut Once found the same issue with her Myosotis.
I don’t think I have particularly large shoulders however to get this off, I pull it up over my bust and then wiggle it off over my shoulders, even with all the buttons undone. I’d be tempted to put a small zip in the side waist if I make another one to make it a little easier to get in and out of. It doesn’t seem to be a much discussed issue with the pattern, however perhaps my shoulders are proportionally larger than my bust/waist as I have found some RTW dresses difficult to take off for a similar reason.
There is no direction to sew ease stitches to put the sleeves in… so I didn’t and I found they went in first go with no puckers. Winning!
I was concerned this would be a little short and a little too ‘young’ in style for me. However I’m pleasantly surprised by how this has turned out.
I thought it might have a little too much ease and be unflattering… but it turns out I don’t mind how it looks after all.
I think this will be a favourite in my summer wardrobe. Casual, loose, cool to wear and in my favourite colour – what’s not to love!?
And if you are wondering… yes my hair is naturally curly.
Pattern: Deer & Doe Myosotis, size 34
Fabric: Jungle Trail Grey, Pitt Trading. Tempted by buy more…
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I often get asked if I get embarrassed having my photos taken at the beach and if I have to ask people to move out of the way. Actually no… we have lots of beaches where I live and you often have long stretches all to yourself. I’m usually at Nobby’s Beach or Lighthouse with my dogs. I run along the strip between Town Beach and Town Green – and beyond to Settlement Point further up the river. I’m very fortunate – you can see a snapshot of my town and beaches here. Yes, it’s really that pretty.
Not a style I would have chosen but you make it look very appealing. The fabric is a great match for the style.
Really pretty, great fabric. Thought on the dragline…you might try opening the neckline a bit at the inside shoulder and adding a slight curve to the line from shoulder to button band. 🙂
Every thought you are describing I had too, when sewing my Myosotis! I chose to make a skirt length size 46 because my legs aren‘t the nicest. I had thought about the drag lines, too, and therefore compared the pattern wih my shirt block. My shoulders are rather sloping so I made an adjustment. Maybe opening the neckline like Cocos Loft suggested would be the better one. I have the same difficulties getting it off. Maybe because of the slight downsizing we made?
Your dress is beautiful, you made the perfect fabric choice and it suits you so well. Wonderful pictures as always!
This came out very nice. I have found that Deer & Doe dresses are pretty short and close-fitting in the shoulders too. I am 5’6″ and have narrow shoulders!
Gorgeous and I think this dress is perfect for making me think fondly of the 90s. 😂
I confess I love this dress… love the fabric and the line of it. The sleeves are to die for! It looks comfortable, stylish and great for the beach or as a dress for a party with heels and a beautiful statement necklace. I think it hangs wonderfully too. Really… a lovely dress!
Perfect summer dress, it looks cool and very stylish.
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This is my favorite version of the dress. I really love what you created!
Thank you! 😘