Sunday, August 18, 2013

The Liquorice Dress

Liquorice is very much a divider amongst candy lovers.
You either love it or hate it.
Unfortunately I fall into the would-rather-die-than-eat-it category...
I've always been more of a jelly baby kinda gal.

That was until I stumbled upon the fabulous patterns over at Deer & Doe


Compulsive doesn't quite come close enough to describe my online shopping habits.
It only took about 3.8 seconds to add 3 of their wonderful patterns into my cart, checkout with paypal and set up camp by the mailbox. The patterns arrived all the way from France most quickly. merci beaucoup.


First cab off the rank was the Reglisse Dress.
 a quick Google search revealed that Reglisse translates as liquorice!

Since this is the first time sewing with Deer & Doe, I wanted to use a fabric that I wouldn't miss too much if it didn't fit. 

(Sidenote: I am wayyyyy too lazy to make muslins/toiles so if I am unsure of a new pattern I just pick a size that sounds right based on body measurements/finished measurements and sew it up in whatever fabric is lying around. If it doesn't fit, it goes to a friend! This system has worked so far...)


So I went stash fishing and caught some black swiss dot cotton voile. I have about 10 metres of this lovely stuff. It was perfect for this little number even though a bit out of season again... this is another bad habit. This was a really quick dress to sew! 
Nothing too fussy. I zipped everything through the overlocker and finished with a rolled hem and voila! done. 


I wasn't overly excited about the elastic waistband (brings back memories of primary school art smocks...) however it actually looks just fine. ALSO you can eat a big dinner in this frock! Go on, have that extra dessert. 

I was most pleased once this was made up and pranced around the house in the twirly skirt. 
The only changes for next time would be to lengthen the skirt... Its a little short for my granny wearing taste. Would also love to try a striped version like the pattern pics, Hello sailor!


Fabric: Swiss dot cotton
Other bits: 1" elastic


Til next time, Adios!
xx

Ps. Stay tuned for a 100 post giveaway, we are almost there!





24 comments:

  1. super cute dress! I've just discovered Deer & doe patterns and i love them.

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    1. They are great hey! Can't wait to try the others :-)

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  2. Ooooh I love it! I wasn't sold on Reglisse in a powdery pink. I thought it was a bit overly girly. But this is a nice sophisticated bolder version! x

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    1. I'm not big on pink either... Really want to try a nautical version though... Blue and white stripes!

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  3. I have just discovered your blog and based on this post, I think we might be sewing twins!!! Compulsively buying 3 D&D patterns, skipping muslins and giving it away if it doesn't fit, loving the "eat more dessert" enabling of the elastic waistband - hahaha :) Love this in black - tres chic!

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  4. Really cute! I love this in the black swiss dot! I'm a huge fan of Deer & Doe. There's just something so cute and fun about all the designs!

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    1. They are a lot of fun, I am itching to bust out a belladone next...

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  5. Beautiful!! I just got this pattern by accident (it was in Pavot's envelope due to some pattern completing mix-up, I guess) and planned to give it away on my blog. But your awesome version makes me think I should try it, first!!

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    1. I think that is a very fortunate accident! You should try it :-)

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  6. This turned out beautifully! I did the same as you (ordered 3 patterns immediately) when I discovered Deer & Doe, but I've yet to get round to them! I wish I could sew (for myself) for a living ;o)

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    1. I know! It would be a dream...
      The patterns were too good to resist!

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  7. I love this! I am making the Belladone for Frocktails - are you going?

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    1. Yes to frocktails! I have been sewing up a belladone today and am quite pleased with the results... Can't wait to see yours! Not sure what in wearing yet... :-)

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  8. What a gorgeous pattern! Deer & Doe make some fabulous patterns. I love this is a simple black. It's so lovely. And I'm glad to hear I'm not the only sewer too lazy to make a muslin. I always wing it and just hope for the best!

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    1. Thanks Kat... I think there are a lot of us lazy seamstresses out there... Which makes it ok right? Haha
      I see you are coming to frocktails too, so exciting!!!

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  9. Delish!! I do love me a bit of licorice, alas, since being diagnosed a glutard it is no longer for me. But seriously, this is sweet! Love the swiss dot and by golly goodness you look good in black. You're melburnian, right? hehe :)

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    1. Glutard...I just snorted out loud, too funny! My husband isn't allowed to eat the stuff within a 20 mt radius due to the stench...
      Us melbournites and black... It always wins right?

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  10. I'm trying to talk myself into liking licorice! I like fennel so it's baby steps but this dress is gorgeous! :D

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  11. Such a fab dress. And I really love the black swiss dot (actually - I love all swiss dot, it's so cute!). I bet this dress would look great with a bright coloured belt too.

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  12. Hello! We love your gorgeous version of the Réglisse Dress and we would like to interview you about it ;)
    If you're interested, please contact me at: weriem@deer-and-doe.fr (I didn't find another way to contact you (?) than posting in the comments!)

    Thank you!

    Weriem, PR assistant for Deer&Doe

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