I've sewn up three Deer and Doe Patterns so far (but not blogged them all, because I'm SO bad at photographing things). Here's what I've learned so far: they are drafted really, really well for ladies with curves. I have yet to make a FBA on a single pattern, which is HUGE for me. Not only does it save time, but it means I'm more likely to just get sewing. My sewing time has been cut short lately, so that little push of no alterations has really got me going.
That being said, I do not consider this a well-fitting or well-made garment.
But, true to my pledge to sew all the deer and doe patterns by the end of the year, I thought I'd share it with you anyway. The weather here has drastically changed, so I don't think I'll be making another one until the spring. I need some sleeves!!
So many things went wrong with the construction that had nothing to do with the pattern, and everything to do with the fabric. I had been hoarding this blue and white seersucker for a year and a half. I had initially earmarked it for a hawthorn, but nixed that idea when my muslin needed so many changes.
I thought it would be perfect for the Reglisse dress, though. It's so light and soft, and really just wanted to be a floaty dress. What I failed to consider, however, is that this pattern is cut on the bias. The fabric stretched like CRAZY and I was left with a waistband and a skirt that just did not want to match up.
In the end, I took out about two inches of the bodice and the skirt to make it work. I added a seam up the front and the back instead of ripping out the side seams, but the fabric is just too floaty. It didn't press well, and that front seam is enough that I probably won't wear it. The bodice stretched out pretty badly, too, so it's also a bit more blousey than I'd like.
I talked to Sally about it, and she had zero issues putting hers together, so I'm blaming the fabric on this one. Bummer because it had such potential! They can't all be winners, though, right? Onward!
Pattern: Reglisse by Deer and Doe
Size: 40 graded to a 38 in the shoulders
Fabric: 2.5 yds Seersucker