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A maxi Myosotis hack

This month Minerva Crafts make is another one that I’ve been planning to do for a little while now, just waiting for the right time to make it! It’s the Deer and Doe Myosotis dress!

This pattern was released earlier this year in the Deer and Doe’s spring/ summer range. It’s a beautiful ruffled semi fitted minidress with a buttoned bodice and mandarin collar.

The reason I wanted to wait to make this was because though it’s technically meant as a summer pattern, I had dreamed up the perfect version to make for autumn/ winter!

I had the perfect fabric choice – the Atelier Brunette Stardust embroidered cotton double gauze in Night. I’d seen this fabric (in all the different colourways) being used all over my social media feeds and I loved everything that was made with it. It looked luxurious and soft with a subtle gold twinkle.

I managed to get quite a lot of yardage for this make which meant I could go a bit wild and do all the hacks wanted to with the Myosotis pattern!

I made a fair few changes. In fact I changed everything except the back bodice piece and the pockets…

I was aiming for something a bit flowy and dramatic but in a good way! The look I was going for was elegant bohemian if such a thing exists… 🤣

I lengthened the skirt to hit just above the ankle, removed the mandarin collar and altered the sleeves. Click here for the full list of what I did!

It pretty much turned out how I thought it would!

I think I need to do a small adjustment to the elastic in the sleeve just to make them a little tighter but otherwise it fitted pretty well right off the bat! It does need to be belted. It’s a loose fitting dress despite the bodice darts so some sort of cinching in at the waist is needed unless you’re looking for a muumuu shape (or have just had a big dinner…). I’m loving this look for the winter – there’s something about that midnight blue and the gold twinkle that makes me feel a little festive!

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  1. So would you rate the fabric “Worth it”? The dress is simply lovely, so soft and sparkly! I’m considering treating myself to a couple yards of that gauze for the outer fabric of a Tamarack jacket but I’m nervous about the $$.

    1. Hmmm… It’s a beautiful fabric and good quality. It’s a typical weight and drape of double gauze so if that’s what you’re looking for, then go for it! 😊

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