My current dressmaking kick continues with the Aubépine dress by Deer and Doe in a gorgeous purple/blue pinstripe shot cotton with black silk lining. I really wanted this dress to be as well-made as possible, so I actually made a muslin of the bodice. Unbelievable, I know, but (as I may have mentioned before) the ladies are a little on the large side and occasionally need more space than is routinely provided. Luckily in this case the darts were sufficient. I wasn’t looking forward to doing my first ever full bust adjustment on a bodice with three horizontal pleats. I would have been more than a little out of my depth.
The pattern is marked as intermediate, which I think is fair based on the pretty sparse nature of some of the instructions (“attach sleeves” was my favourite), but the absence of a zip makes this a really straighforward sew. A beginner could absolutely manage it with support, or alternatively a more detailed set of instructions.
|channeling my inner Tarzan|
I really love the way that the pleats on the sleeves echo those on the bodice. I’m also a BIG fan of the hide-the-middle-aged-spread empire line. I seem to be making quite a lot of dresses with that sort of silhouette lately. This dress hits my pretty short frame (5′ 2″) just above the knee, which could be worth bearing in mind if you are hoping for something a little longer. The photos on the Deer and Doe website show how it looks on someone who is a little less vertically challenged.
TL;DR: Fab pattern, great dress, looks good on a middle-aged woman (even with wellies).
Thanks to the lovely Pennie for her photography skillz.