Monday, January 14, 2013

Deer&Doe Robe Sureau


I couldn't wait to get my hands on a Deer&Deer pattern last year after reading Paunnet's blog entries about them.  If you haven't heard of this lovely little French indie pattern company yet I am sure you will be seeing a lot more of her work very soon popping up on more blogs.  There are a handful of sweet and simple designs available both in French and now translated in English.  Last month there was a call for help in editing the translated directions- I volunteered just to get a taste of how they are written and what I would expect when I finally sewed one up.  I edited a different pattern then Sureau and knew I would have zero issues with putting one together.  They are well written and easy to follow, plus you'd never know they were translated if you weren't told so (very unlike Burda patterns, which I am always amused by because of the broken English.)  

I used a pretty yellow linen.  I started off with a size 42 for the neck, shoulder and sleeves, and then 44 for the rest of the dress.  It was pretty dang huge and I had to take it in about two sizes.  I would like to see a the finished measurement on these patterns so I could have work from them instead.  The sleeves are VERY generously sized and I took them in about two inches.  I wasn't too worried about having to take it in since I was considering this a practice run anyhow.  I plan to make more after tracing off a size 38/40.


I am really happy with the length of the bodice and skirt.  I am 5'8" without shoes and find (almost) all patterns are designed for figures under 5'6".  It actually hits my natural waistline without alterations and the skirt is right above the knee. In my next version I want to get the neckline to lie flat.  In this one I folded up the sleeves a couple times because linen is a butt and creases the second I bend my arms making it look really sloppy.  But I do like the casual and slightly rumpled material.  It's very comfortable. 


I really like this dress.  It's an everyday sort of garment, very easy and fast sewing.  The front has a faux button placket and the itty bitty dark green buttons are just hand sewn on for decoration.  I have plans to make this one again.  I have my eye on the Belladone dress now... I should have just ordered it with this one!    


If you're as smitten by Deer&Doe as I am here is some further blogging fun for you...  Deer&Doe: Le Blog des Addicts.  And check out Paunnet's Sureau Sew-Along.

20 comments:

  1. I have been so, so tempted by this pattern! Having to try to interpret french and grade the pattern up was too much for me. When I heard that it was translated to English, I was a bit more tempted. But now that I hear that it runs large, I may just be sold! I love your version, so cute. I wish I could pull off yellow- I love the color but it doesn't love me. It looks great on you!

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    1. Thank you!! I was nervous about it being in French and was so happy that it was translated. To give you a better idea of how they pattern runs-- my measurements: full bust-38, waist 31.5, hip 44. I cut a 42/44, the pattern says this size is for figures with: bust 38, waist 31.5 and hip 41 3/4". Maybe I just like a closer fit? I love how many pattern companies have finished measurements because that's what I always use to work off of. Do a muslin first just in case. And P.S. it will be a breeze to grade, each piece is so simple in shape.

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  2. Another winner! I am torn between trying new patterns and throwing things in the trash and just sewing what I know works. You however, are having great luck sewing something new all the time! g

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    1. Thanks! I am sort of playing it safe really. I choose things that seem to work on pear shapes. I've made PLENTY of awful things. Believe me! Go for some easy ones then throw in a surprising and unexpected one every couple of garments or so. That's about what I do.

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  3. Ooh, I love this! I am on the look out for the perfect dress, and this may well be it, especially since it is now translated into English (my French is somewhat rusty lol). The yellow linen is fun too & I bet will be really comfy to wear. I always enjoy coming to your blog & seeing what you've been sewing :-)

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    1. Oh thank you! Yes, give this one a try, it's a nice little dress to have in your closet.

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  4. So beautiful, like a daisy! I really thing this patterns is so versatile...It looks great with so many different fabrics, colors and styles. Well done!

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    1. Thank you! This is a great dress... I like your version in red with the collar.

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  5. Ok i didn't drink coffee yet and my english sucks...let's go again! I was saying that i thinK that this pattern is so versatile ...bla bla ( can't find others mistakes hoho!)

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  6. Such a gorgeous dress! I love the yellow on you! I really like that pattern I have seen it on a few blogs now. Might have to invest in one. The other one I have been holding off is Megan Nielson cause they are much more expensive. Anyways love your version!

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    1. Thanks! I was looking at the Megan Nielsen one (Darling Ranges) and decided on this one (probably because before I bought it I was able to read and see how well written Deer&Doe patterns are when I did a quick proofreading of the english version.) The patterns are similar looking but I bet they are both really great to make. I'd like to try hers too sometime. I'd buy all of them if I could!

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  7. Hi there! I've nominated your blog...check out my blog for details! Congrats!

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    1. Aww, shucks! Thank, Tee!!!!!!!!!!!

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  8. Hi Kathy, I've nominated you for the Liebster Award! It's because I love your blog and think it's awesome and wanted to thank you again for your tutorial while I was studying:D I've posted about it on my blog so you can get more information- http://thedressmakingdiaries.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/liebster-award_20.html
    Best wishes,
    Freya May

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    1. I was really excited to write for your blog! Thanks for letting me :) And Wow, THANK YOU for nominating me for a Liebster Award!!!

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  9. Oh cute! I've seen these patterns on various blogs. I like this sunny yellow! And thanks for your comments; I hadn't come across your blog before and always enjoy a "new" sewing blog. Have a great day!

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  10. Thanks! I don't know how I ran into your blog but the title and explanation of your blog is the best one ever. I love it :)

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  11. Another gorgeous creation! Love the bright yellow, and the style of this dress suits you wonderfully. I agree on the Belladone... I'm nearly finished making one of these at the moment and I'm eyeing off the Sureau too!

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    1. Thanks! I am really into cheerful, happy colors right now. I think it's because I'm itching for Spring.
      I can't wait to see your Belladone!

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