It’s not difficult to see why the Deer and Doe Myosotis is such a popular pattern – pretty, versatile, easy to wear and beautifully swishy – what more could you want? I made my first version last summer in a Dashwood Studio viscose and I love it more and more with each wear.
I’m not much of a pattern repeater, but I definitely wanted another Myosotis in my wardrobe. I had envisaged a version in a solid colour, perhaps in something like lightweight linen but without the ruffles to make the most of the versatility of the pattern. Then I totally changed my mind and decided to make exactly the same version in the most colourful fabric I could find!
I bought 3 metres of this absolutely stunning rayon from the English Garden collection by Rifle Paper Co about this time last year and had been quietly pondering what it would become. I wanted to use as much of the fabric as possible and make the most of the beautiful print by making something fairly simple – a Myosotis was the perfect project.
Rifle Paper Co rayon is only 44” wide and 3m did not meet the fabric requirements for the pattern, but with a bit of Tetris I managed to cut out everything I needed and lengthen the dress. I did this by cutting the skirt piece from view B rather than view A and then adding the ruffle from view A. I didn’t have enough fabric to cut the full ruffle (mine is just the width of the fabric) so it’s not as ruffled as it should be, but it still looks pretty and gives the midi length I wanted.
The Myosotis is designed to be oversized, but both of my versions are the size 36 instead of my usual size 38 in Deer and Doe patterns. I really like the fit – there’s plenty of ease and it’s very comfortable without swamping me. I think the altered length suits my 5’4″ frame – this is a popular hack if you look through the Myosotis hashtag or read other reviews of the pattern.
The instructions are easy to follow and I think this would be a good pattern for a confident beginner with a few makes under their belt. Prior to making my first Myosotis I read several reviews that mentioned how difficult it was to insert the collar if you followed the instructions – I didn’t read them and had no trouble inserting the collar in the standard fashion on either of my dresses.
I’m so pleased I decided to use my special fabric for this project – I absolutely love the finished garment and I felt very fancy swishing about town in it today! I am still thinking about that solid colour Myosotis without the ruffles… I bought some delicious petrol blue double gauze from Merchant and Mills at the weekend, so maybe I will make one after all.
A big thank you to my best bitch Patsy for taking these beautiful photographs for me in the grounds of Rochester Cathedral the moment it stopped raining!