When I first saw the pattern selected for Sew My Style this month, the Myosotis Dress by Deer & Doe, my initial reaction was that I was going to give it a miss. It wasn’t that I didn’t like the dress, I just wasn’t sure that I really needed it. Now that we’re in the construction phase of our home build I’m attempting to be more thoughtful and deliberate with my fabric and pattern purchases.
But after a couple of weeks of seeing the Myosotis Dress popping up all over the place, I started to change my mind! I had initially mentally discounted the ruffled versions, which I think was what made me reluctant to buy the pattern. The dress without the ruffles is fairly simple. However, once it occurred to me that maybe the value of the pattern was in adding a piece to my wardrobe that was unlike anything else I owned, I realised I was going to be participating after all!
This fabric has been in my stash for a little while now. It’s just a Spotlight voile that I had initially earmarked for a Celestial Dress. Somehow I never got around to making it over the summer. I think in my heart I had some concerns about the volume of that dress in this floaty voile.
Once I got the idea of a ruffled Myosotis Dress in this fabric, that was it! Sold!
I made a straight size 36 with no additional mods. This was the size indicated by my measurements. Often I add an inch of length to my bodices, but I forgot to make that alteration to my pattern pieces this time. It’s meant to be a high waisted dress so it doesn’t really matter I don’t think. I’m also super lucky that the darts miraculously turned out to be in the right place out of the packet (that NEVER happens, right?!), as I totally neglected to muslin the bodice!
I think I really love the way this dress turned out. At first I was worried that I should have just made the ruffled sleeves (which are beautiful) and left off the skirt ruffle, but you know what? I made this dress for the ruffles, so I think I just need to go all in on the ruffles and embrace them!
Fair warning if you’re making the ruffled skirt version: There’s a LOT of gathering involved. It was only after I had all my pattern pieces cut out that it occurred to me that gathering is possibly my least favourite sewing task. Oops! Clearly a dress with set in sleeves, sleeve ruffles, and a skirt with both a gathered waistline and a skirt ruffle was the obvious choice for this sewist! Haha!
I couldn’t be bothered with all those gathering stitches and trying to get the ruffles even on this epic ruffle extravaganza, so I used the method I usually use for setting in sleeves for all of the gathered areas, which is to just use pins (since I end up using a million pins to secure the gathers with gathering stitches anyway!).
I start by placing pins at the critical matching points (side seams, centre front & centre back for the skirt, and side seam, notches, shoulder seam for the set in sleeves), then simply pin half way between the pins. Then half way between the pins again. And again, and again and again, until you have beautifully even gathers and ruffles distributed perfectly evenly around your skirt/sleeve/whatever (Or until you’ve nicely eased in all of your excess sleeve cap). I’m not sure if this is considered a “right” way of doing things, but it works for me.
The downside I found to this method was that with that enormous skirt ruffle I simply didn’t have enough pins to gather the entire skirt at once! (To be honest this would have happened even if I was using gathering stitches – there’s a LOT of ruffle in that ruffle!) My solution was to simply sew the ruffle in quarters. It took a while to get that skirt ruffle attached AND the gathered skirt attached at the waist seam, but it was worth it to avoid all the headaches gathering stitches always give me, and I’m not annoyed by any random badly distributed ruffles! Yay!
So that’s my rufflelicious Myosotis Dress! Extremely seasonally inappropriate for Melbourne at the moment, but we are jetting off for a short getaway in warmer climes in a few weeks, so maybe this dress will find its way into my luggage!
Pattern: Myosotis Dress by Deer & Doe
Fabric: Cotton clip dot voile from Spotlight
Notions: 3 x 1/2″ shell buttons (stash)