A post by Rosie
The challenge: Myosotis Dress by Deer & Doe
The fabric: Edinburgh Gingham Cotton & Linen Mix
Rosie is one of the fab duo behind New Craft House London. This is an amazing space in Broadway Market, East London where they run all kinds of workshops. 8 month pregnant Rosie picked out our Cotton & Linen in pink gingham to make the Deer & Doe Myosotis dress and has kindly reviewed the pattern and fabric for us.
‘The Myosotis dress has been the ruffly Instagrammable dress of dreams this summer and I’ve spied so many gorgeous versions that I had to give it a go. It’s an oversized shirt dress with pockets and the option for sleeve and skirt ruffles – obviously I wanted all the ruffles! I picked a lovely pink gingham to make my version in, it’s got the perfect amount of structure to help make the ruffles stick out.
My pre-pregnancy measurements worked me out as a 42 and after checking the finished garment measurements I decided I would make that size. It’s really oversized so even with a nearly 8-month bump it still fits around the waist. Perfect for maternity sewing that you still want to be able to wear afterwards!
The pattern sewed up really well and I didn’t have any issues at all, it was my first time using a Deer and Doe pattern and I was really impressed. Cutting the gingham was a special treat, it has ready-made straight lines to make it so quick and easy, especially with the large rectangular skirt and ruffle pieces. It made a nice change to sew with a stiff cotton & linen as it presses and sews so easily.
I swapped out the buttons that the pattern suggests for poppers, I figured they’d be easier for undoing and doing up with one hand when breastfeeding. I also lengthened the skirt by 6cm, I’d noticed a lot of the versions I’d seen seemed quite short and when you account for getting over a bump too I figured I’d need the extra length.
I love everything gingham at the moment and am resisting the notion that it’s only suitable for summer. I reckon autumn/winter needs a little summer picnic inspired pick-me-up so you’ll find me wearing this with cosy knits and boots all season long. The baby pink is especially girly and great, I’ve got some left over so think I might have to make a matching hair tie. My sister said I look like a pink Dorothy and that’s pretty much all I’ve ever wanted. Now I’ve just got to find my yellow brick road.’