It feels very appropriate to close out Me-Made May 2018 with my project for this month’s #SewMyStyle2018! There was lots of mystery surrounding May’s pattern, since it’s a brand new release from Deer and Doe. Although we got off to a later-than-usual start, you guys made so many gorgeous Myosotis dresses this month! Today I’m sharing my Myosotis dress, which I’ve hacked into a blouse.
My Myosotis Dress Hack
Fabric and Sizing
A few months ago, Harts very kindly gifted me the amazing rayon crepe, and I knew it would be perfect for a floaty blouse. I didn’t know what pattern it would be, but it was just begging to be made into something light and perfect for summer! When we found out the Myosotis was May’s pattern (we got to be surprised, too! Or I totally missed it if we found out earlier in the year…), I knew two things. 1 – I wanted to make it into a blouse. 2 – I needed to use that rayon crepe for it!
I made a size 38 based off my measurements and I’m really pleased with the fit. To hack it from a dress into a blouse, I just used the bottom ruffle pattern piece as the peplum. I love how gathered it is — I think with any less fabric it would feel very flat because the fabric is so light. I do wish I had added two inches to the length, though. It’s comfortable, but I could use the extra length.
Sewing the Myosotis
The Myosotis dress is actually the first Deer and Doe pattern I’ve ever made! I’ve admired their designs for a long time, but just never made one for some reason. They’re gorgeous! People had asked in our Facebook group if the instructions would come in English since the company is based in France. Don’t worry, you get both English and French language versions. (PS — are you in our Facebook group? If you’re getting #SewMyStyle2018 emails, then you’re eligible to join! Come hang out!)
Overall, this was a really easy sew. Just be prepared to gather, gather, gather! There are lots of tips out there for making gathers easier, but my favorite is to sew or even three lines of very large stitches (I set my machine on a four). This seems to make the gathers more even. Plus, if one line of stitches gets stuck, it’s easy to adjust that bunching on another line.
All in all, my Myosotis dress hack was a perfect afternoon sew. I can’t wait to wear it this summer out and about. Even though the sleeves aren’t necessarily short, I think the fabric is light enough to keep me cool. Cheers to another successful month of #SewMyStyle2018. Now on to the next project!