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Ellie’s Myosotis dress!

I don’t know about you, but I’ve now seen so many amazing versions of the Deer & Doe Myosotis Dress on Instagram that I was getting serious FOMO! With its simple collar stand, darted bodice, ruffled sleeves and tiered skirt, it seemed to be my style, and I was interested to see how it would sew up.

When I saw this neon pastel stripe cotton a few weeks before I went on holiday, I couldn’t help but imagine it as a luxurious pool coverup. The fabric is lighter than a cotton lawn at only 87gr/m2, so slightly transparent and perfect for a lightweight layer. It would be perfect for summer blouses and camis, but you may need a slip under a dress or skirt.

I cut a size 42 based on my measurements and was impressed with the accuracy of the size guide. The only thing to note is that, if you are broad shouldered, you may want to add a little extra ease into the centre back or armhole as I did find it a fraction restrictive when moving my arms.

Although I usually prefer to wear midi-length dresses, I decided not to lengthen the skirt from its standard above-the-knee length for this pool coverup. Whilst this was the perfect length for this summer garment, I would love to make a longer version in a heavier cotton or viscose for the cooler months. Since the fabric was so lightweight, I decided to omit the pockets and added waist ties to have the option of a closer fit.

I can see why everyone raves about this pattern. I’m really impressed with the attention to detail in the design and instructions – topstitching gathered seams was new to me, but creates a crisp, secure finish and I will be using it on any gathered seams in the future!

Finished with three Ethel & Joan clear speckled buttons, and a Kylie and the Machine “can’t stop / won’t stop” label, I really enjoyed elevating the finish of this make and focusing on the little details. 

I was pleasantly surprised with how quickly the dress came together, which makes it the perfect choice for a lazy weekend sew, or a last minute make to throw in your suitcase before going away!

I loved wearing this to the beach and the pool on holiday. This fabric really is exquisite and makes for a luxurious garment that looks great even in 30+ degrees. It doesn’t crease too badly for a cotton and holds the volume of the gathers well. You can be sure I’ll be wearing this with a slip underneath for the rest of the summer until it can go back to being a pool coverup next year!

Thank you as always to Felicitys for giving me the opportunity to work with this lovely fabric.

Thanks for reading,