Feeling effortlessy dressed in Deer & Doe’s Aubepine in cosy polka dot fabric

Do you ever make a garment inspired by a place you have visited or a film you’ve seen? I do, and whilst making this gorgeous dress, I dreamt off being in Paris on an Autumn day. Putting on this outfit, I was whisked off to memories of wandering the streets of Paris looking for a coffee shop and some baked treats. I am loving this smock style dress teamed with heels and thick statement tights.

In this blog post, I’m sharing why this dress pattern and fabric make the perfect pairing.

This is my first pattern by French pattern company Deer & Doe and I love the simplicity of Aubepine with it’s cute pleated details and ‘A’ shape. I spent the Summer longing to make a floaty #ddmyosotis and this is the perfect Autumn dress to get dressy-cosy, if that’s such a thing!

This pattern comes in two sleeve versions and can be adjusted in the bodice and skirt add / reduce length. It’s empire line bodice has a lovely three pleated detail which is matched on both sleeves and a gathering ribbon detail below the bust. The dress has very big pockets which aren’t easy to spot on the pattern cover but they were a nice surprise and add to the practicality to my Autumn dress. The skirt gives the pattern a great on trend smock style shape with four little box pleats on the front and back.

I loved that this pattern was for woven fabrics and I made mine with 2 metres of beautifully soft brushed black and white polka dot cotton flannel in a size 36. The pattern suggests the fabric for the largest size but the fabric is so gorgeous I’m going to draft a mini-me version for my eldest daughter too!

The fabric was a dream to sew, it didn’t fray or fluff up my sewing machine. Even on the cutting table, it didn’t leave a fluffy mess which some brush fabrics do. I pressed it with a hot iron as it’s cotton to get those pleats super sharp.

I made the longer ¾ sleeve version and decided on not adding the gathered cuff as they fitted really well as they were. I lined just the bodice in pink lining fabric but not the skirt as the instructions said, as the flannel will hold it’s shape without a lining. I did adjust the pleats on the bodice slightly to match the polka dots.

I loved the speed of this make, it didn’t require any neck facings, interfacings and no fitting with the drawstring waistline. The back bodice fitted amazingly well and the drawstring waist added a great shape to the empire line. I can’t believe how stylish a five piece pattern can be.

Taking only two evenings to make, I was really happy with the result. Especially with adding the pleating details and the drawstring ribbon detail, I though it would take longer to make.

As this was my first Deer And Doe pattern, I really want to sing for the roof tops on how fabulous it was. The instructions in English were easy to follow with great line drawing step by step diagrams. The pattern is a printed paper pattern opposed to a tissue pattern.  It had many little notches for quick piece matching and just two dart tailor tacks to insert through the paper. I really recommend this pattern and would love to make another Deer And Doe pattern for the Winter months.

I wore my Aubepine out last weekend and really loved the comfy factor with the dressy up feel.  The neck didn’t gap and fitted perfectly. The skirt length gives it that French style, not too short and not too long. Add a pair of your favourite day heels and some sassy tights and enjoy your own Aubepine this Autumn.

Samantha writes a creative craft blog www.crafternoonteas.com and hosts Crafternoon Tea Parties and Events www.crafternoonteahostess.co.uk in the Midlands and beyond!