Hi y’all! Long time, no talk! As most of you know, I’m insanely busy this year (grad school + work) and have so much less time to sew than I used to! It’s been really hard for me to scale back sewing and blogging and not feel guilty about it because I miss you guys!
My most recent make may be my most favorite, though. It took me a few scattered hours over three weekends to put this beauty together, but I think it was well worth it….
As with all of my other Deer + Doe makes so far, I didn’t have to make any adjustments to the fit to get a wearable garment (other than grading in at the over bust/shoulders which is a standard adjustment in all patterns for me) which is pretty flipping awesome.
The real miracle of it all is that I didn’t have to do a FBA. Seriously, what kind of magic are they cooking up over at Deer + Doe? I’m obsessed with the drafting of all of the patterns I’ve tried so far because they just fit so well!
If I’m being a stickler here, though, I think I could definitely make a few adjustments for next time.
I’ve lost a little bit of weight recently (and inches because I’m so short any change is kind of major) so I think I could size down. I’ve got some extra room in there, but I think it’ll be pretty perfect as-is for layering throughout the fall. I also could stand to shorten the bodice by about an inch and do a little swayback adjustment. That beautiful bow is a little low in the back 🙂
Speaking of bows, how cute is this? Seriously, though, I’m obsessing over the way the pattern and the fabric came together on this one. I never would have thought to put it all together, but Sally came to the rescue. She assumed (because, like, duhhh) that I bought the dotted swiss expressly for contrasting this cotton, and mentioned it to me! Naturally, I pretended like it was my idea all along…
Oh, and thanks to all of you who helped me pick buttons! I went with the coral and I think they’re a winning choice! (Although I was seriously tempted by the “home is wear the heart is” parody potential lol)
I think that it’s really the finishing that makes this dress fabulous, though. The bow, collar, and all of the princess seams are topstitched which really brings the whole thing together in my opinion. The hem is faced, which I also think is a nice touch on the inside. It makes me feel all fancy 🙂
I’m in love with my Bleuet and the fabric and the buttons. Really, just all of it.
How’s your make coming along?
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Pattern: Bleuet by Deer & Doe
Size: 40, graded to a 38 in the shoulders
Fabric: 1/2 yd white dotted swiss + 2 yds glorious quilting cotton from The Needle Shop that is now all gone 🙁