Happy New Year!

I decided to start the new year by making a dress for the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network. For this I chose a pattern that has been on my TO DO list for a very long time, the Zephyr Dress from Deer and Doe.  The dress is simple and fun as well as very versatile.

The border print Scuba Fabric seemed like a match made in heaven for this pattern.

I used the patterned area on the fabric to cut the skirt and then I cut the bodice pieces in the area where the fabric was black. For my dress I cut a straight size 40. Because the dress looked quite short on the model, I decided that I’d like my dress to be longer, so I did not shorten the skirt as I would normally do.

As a rule, I use my overlocker to construct garments made with knitted fabric. I find that I get a more professional finish using the overlocker and it takes me less time to complete the garments.

Because scuba fabric does not want to lay flat once the seams are sewn together, I used my double needle to topstitch them in place, especially on the bodice seams.  I used the double needle to hem the skirt as well.

Initially I wanted the flowers to run all the way around the hem. However, without cutting the pattern on the centre folds this would not have worked. As I did not want to cut the fabric on the centre front/back lines because that would have disturbed the pattern on the flowers, I settled for the arched effect that I got by cutting them on the fold.

I was quite surprised how well the dress actually fits me.  I am not sure what was I expecting, but now that I made it, I keep wondering what took me soo long to make this dress. I love the effect of the border print on the finished dress, especially at the side seams.


I am adding this pattern on my emergency list of patterns to use when I need to make an outfit at the last minute. It only took me about 2.5 hours to whip up the dress - from cutting the fabric to wearing the finished dress.

Sewing Summary:

Pattern: Zephyr by Deer and Doe – this is a sleeveless knit skater dress with princess seams. It comes with 3 versions: a dress with a high crew neck, a dress with V neck and a separates version (top and skirt).

Sizing: European sizing 34-46

Fabric: 2m of floral suba knit

Notions: none needed

Modifications:  I made a straight size 40.  I shaved about 1 cm of the back bodice waist (1 cm at the centre back going into nothing at the side seam).

Fit:  considering I did not make any major changes to the pattern, the dress fits surprisingly well. 

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?: yes

Watch out for:  I cannot think of anything that’s wrong with this or that requires extra attention.

Make Again?: Yes. I want to make the

Happy Winter Holidays to you all!

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