3 October 2014

Bruyère, Je t'aime

Bruyere Deer and Doe

Oh Bruyère... je t'aime!

There are a few Deer and Doe patterns in my stash but this is the first one I've actually got round to making. I'd been wanting to sew a shirt or shirt dress for a while, but classic shirts can look a bit boxy on my boobs and shirt dresses often have a 1950s vibe that I've been moving away from. (It was going to be Grainline's Alder shirt dress, but then it got too cold in London for a sleeveless design, so I'm saving that one for the Spring.) The Bruyère design is the perfect middle ground for me between masculine and feminine shirt styles - it looks modern and casual plus the shaping works with my lady lumps.

With total lack of originality, I chose a polka dot chambray very similar to the one shown in the pattern sample. Eléanore's fabric is her own design for Les Trouvailles d'Amandine, whereas the one I used is Robert Kaufman. I bought it from M is for Make - they've since sold out, but you can also find it at The Village Haberdashery.


I began by grading between sizes as I always do and making a toile of the top bodice. Usually I need to shorten the bodice of any sewing pattern (including mine) by about 2 inches because I'm so little, and often I need to reposition the bust darts, however I was pleasantly surprised that I didn't have to do any of this with this pattern. Bearing in mind it's a casual garment, the fit is pretty good as it is! Which is great for me, but if you're average height or above, you may need to lengthen the bodice, and maybe the skirt part too depending on your proportions. In any case, I'd always make a toile of a bodice before cutting into my nice fabric since we're all different shapes and sizes so a pattern is unlikely to fit perfectly first time. This one was a fluke!



The pattern is labelled "advanced" - the trickiest part is probably the sleeve placket, which requires precision stitching. Mine could've been neater TBH, but since this is a for-fun project and I've been pretty exhausted recently I cut myself some slack. I prefer the sleeves rolled up to three quarter length in any case, so next time I'd be tempted to leave the cuffs off (ssshh!). I finished the insides with French seams, and wish I'd inserted the sleeves before adding the yoke facing to conceal the armhole seams too. You do need to read between the lines and know what you're doing with some of the instructions, but if you're a confident stitcher it's an extremely satisfying make from start to finish. Ooh and there's a sewalong going on right now on the Deer and Doe blog if you do need extra help.



I absolutely adore the design! I have a feeling I'll be wearing this a lot this Autumn and may even whip up another one fairly soon...

What have you been sewing recently, please?

36 comments:

  1. Lovely! I can't wait for my Bruyere pattern to arrive!

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  2. SO CUTE! I am loving this pattern and I can't wait to make my version (currently waiting on perfect fabric inspiration). Your version is perfect and looks so good on you!

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  3. Lovely make Tilly! It really suits you.
    Yup, her patterns tend to be short waisted, which is great for me :) - no shortening required!

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  4. This is beautiful and the fabric is lovely. I've only recently started sewing but I can't wait until I can begin making things like this.

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  5. It looks gorgeous, Tilly and suits you really well! Well done, and what a lovely fabric you chose!
    Happy weekend!
    Ingrid xx
    http://myfunkycrochet.blogspot.be

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  6. I don't own any of their patterns but this one is the one I always go back to when I'm browsing. Nice to see how flattering it is on! The sleeves scare me a little lol but maybe in a couple of months once i'm more comfortable with quicker patterns!
    Christine
    http://twogirlsoneoutfit.com

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  7. Looks totally different to your style, but totally looks your style if you know what I mean haha! the fabric looks lovely, and everyday wearble :)

    I also prefer rolled up sleeves, and I wouldn't tell anyone about ditching the cuffs, I'd just stitch the sleeves at the 3/4 length permanently haha!

    http://whydidimakethat.blogspot.co.uk/

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  9. This is seriously smashing, Tilly! Loving this style on you- it's modern but with a sassy edge!

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  10. Tilly, you look adorable! I love all of Deer & Doe's patterns and confess I almost always want to copy their samples too!

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  11. I've been loving this pattern when I've seen it around, and your version is gorgeous Tilly! I'm dying to try working with chambray as well, it seems to be a favourite for shirtdresses!

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  12. What a cute shirt! I might just have to try this pattern. I have been looking for something that is a button down, but a little more girly. Thanks for sharing! :)

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  13. This is so super cute on you!! Love the dotty dots!

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  14. Really lovely. Fab fabric too. Another classic Tilly that we will all want to make!

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  15. It's cute AND chic! So great the fit was spot on, I'm jealous, hah! I'm currently sewing something on the opposite side of the spectrum, a 50s style dress in a cute pink cat print. Not subtle at all lol :) go ahead and make another and I can live vicariously through you! :D

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  17. Looks great! I'd been considering this pattern too partly because I hate showing my wobble when wearing leggings/tight trousers. I think her patterns are quite short waisted - I had to lengthen the Belladone quite a lot so the waist didn't sit on my ribs, but then I am long waisted, so will look out for it with this one too.

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  18. Oooh I didn't think I was a shirt dress kinda girl but you have 100% changed my mind with this. The lines are oh so stylish and I adore your version. If it ever goes missing don't come looking for me ha!

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  19. This is such a lovely pattern and I love your version! Cant go wrong with chambray x

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  20. I'm currently sewing toy monkeys, dachshunds, and insulin pump pouches. I really like that shirt dress and I think, with a bit of tweaking, it would even suit someone with my extra round shape. There is a definite lack of nice patterns for those of us hitting size 32 ish. :)

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  21. Please do cut yourself some slack! We all need that, right?
    I'm back home and back into sewing-yay! Recently I made a dusky-blue, very-soft-organic-cotton-knit tank top, and some matching undies out of the leftovers!

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  22. First off... Sister, you are ROCKIN THE BOOTS! Secondly.... Splendid outfit. Thirdly.... What have I been sewing? Art Boots. Combination of using upholstery, embroidery, dressmaking, and good old using up fabric in my stash. Sew on. :)

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    1. I meant Art Books. I just love boots and books :)

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  23. I've been sewing kids trousers as usual! Pretty happy with them though! Kids trousers are a great practice, cause if they go totally wrong, you've wasted little fabric and if they are partially wrong, they can always be worn to play in the mud! :p My next project are a couple of dresses from a magazine I bought in France, from Japanese pattern designers. I'm looking forward to it!

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  24. Wonderful work, Tilly! La chemise Bruyère is very beautiful!
    Have a good week-end!

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  25. This looks fab. Love the detail on the waist. :)

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  26. I love the top. I've seen a couple of versions of this pattern that I really love. Methinks I need to add it to my sewing queue. But what I really want to say is that your hair looks fabulous!!

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  27. Very beautiful. It looks great on you.

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  28. Gorgeous! Looks like the perfect fall outfit. I may have to pick up this pattern now.

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  29. Looks fantastic! And I'm in love with your hair; looking fabulous! :)

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  30. Your top is wonderful ! And the fit is perfect !

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  31. This is gorgeous and looks perfect on you!

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  32. Lovely! So far I've loved everyone's versions of this, but the waistband piece makes me nervous. (I don't tend to like them on me, so I keep speculating on whether I could remove that section and connect the pattern pieces for the top and bottom sections without it. . . .)

    I've recently finished a failure of a Carmine shrug. Up next is a Comino Cap top (which is already cut!), and which I'm almost certain to love.

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  33. It´s just beautiful! Looks absolutely perfect on you.

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