A Checked Deer & Doe Myosotis Dress
My first Deer & Doe Myosotis hasn't had as much wear as I had hoped and I think that may be because the colour is just not one that is in my colour palette. I do like the style and it is nice to wear so I thought I would give the pattern another outing in a colour that is more me. The fabric I chose has been in my stash for probably going on for 5 years now, bought from an op shop in Dunedin on one of my son's swimming trips, so it was time it was moved on. It is a crepe in red and navy and although it has a reasonable amount of drape, it also has more heft than my previous version. I was inspired by all of the gingham dresses that have been popping up in rtw of late but didn't want to buy into the trend too much because I am well aware that trends do not last long. This fabric is not really a gingham but does have a small check so it is quite similar. I imagined my dress worn with sneakers while the weather is still warm and layered with tights, a merino and boots when the weather gets cold.
I had less than two metres of this fabric so knew it would be tight to get the dress out. I spent quite a bit of time laying the pieces out and to make it work, I had to run the ruffles down the grain and piece the facings. The fabric while a check is directional but the way I have cut it, it looks intentional and really isn't noticeable unless you look hard at it.
Because I have made this dress before, it was really quick to make up. While I am not working, it is about as formal a dress as my wardrobe will tolerate, so hopefully it will get worn quite a bit. Time will tell on that score!