I’m going to be honest, here. When Sally and I decided to start Let’s Sew Deer and Doe a couple of months ago, the pattern I was least excited about sewing up was the Aubepine. I just didn’t think the empire waist was going to be flattering. I’m more of a “natural waist” girl. But, a pledge is a pledge after all, so I gave it a go.
You know what?! I’ve totally changed my tune. This dress is SO comfortable and totally flattering. I don’t know what I was thinking…
I’ve always been told that girls with large chests shouldn’t wear dresses like this because it makes you look pregnant. Well, I’m here to tell you that they’re wrong. As with most things, it’s all about the fit and the proportions. Now I’m not saying that this makes my waist look tiny or anything, but it certainly isn’t in preggo territory. I think that the cut of the skirt, the lightweight fabric, and the pleating at the waistline make all the difference. The dress really moves with you and doesn’t “tent” out at all.
Plus, no alterations, so win-win. (Seriously, though, these patterns are freakin magical)
Let’s talk fabric and finishes for a minute, shall we? This puppy is beautiful inside and out. I topstitched my impeccable (and painstakingly marked) tucks with hot pink thread because I wanted them to stand out against all that black. The entire dress is lined with bemberg rayon. It’s totally dreamy and floaty on the inside. That stuff is seriously all it’s cracked up to be.
It’s getting harder and harder to take decent photos when I get home, since it gets dark so early! This is probably the best shot of the “real” colors of the fabric because I had to play with the photos so much to get them clearer/brighter.