Myosotis in May for couture in confinement


I’ve had such mixed feelings about volunteering to sew masks during the COVID-19 pandemic – how much value do we (as a society) place on work when it is done for free? (For insightful reading on the politics of mask sewing I recommend these articles.) But my main thought about it all is that I’d much rather be sewing dresses that bring me joy, test my skills, and that I will wear again and again to potter around beautiful Brussels.

Here are two versions of the popular Deer and Doe Myosotis dress pattern which I had been curious to try for a while! I think this is a great pattern for hacking as there are so many ways you can adapt it to get it how you would like.

I omitted the collar pieces in both versions, and on my yellow one I changed the neckline shape to be a straight v-neck. I didn’t have enough fabric for the lower ruffle pieces but that worked out ok as I wanted some dresses for hot days so I quite like the shorter style. I’m not usually a fan of gathered skirts but I love them on this dress – perhaps it is also down to me taking more care over the gathers to make sure they are evenly spaced out, something I’ve definitely rushed in the past. I added waist ties too – I don’t think I’ll ever go back to zips, waist ties are the way to go! And I modified the sleeve into a bell sleeve using the tutorial in Winifred Aldrich’s pattern making book which is super easy.

Both of these dresses will get a lot of wear – especially the yellow one which I love! The fabric is some linen I bought on Goldhawk Road when I was in London in late January (when that kind of expedition was possible!). The paisley-print dress is the last of some fabric I bought metres of circa 2016 – I’ve now made three dresses from it – here are the previous two! And thanks to my previous blog posts I know that the fabric comes from a shop beside the canal in Anderlecht called GoTex – I would definitely not have remembered where I bought it otherwise!

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  1. Martha Moritz
    6th May 2020 / 5:14 pm

    I am happy that you also feel the same as I about sewing masks. I made some for my niece, a nurse on the front line, however I have very mixed feelings about making for the general public. Mostly because of the false sense of security a mask can give an individual. I myself am also a nurse, working in a COVID positive Long term care….we have appropriate PPE and I take extra precautions between home and work.
    In the meantime I am relieving stress by sewing beautiful quilts, using colour and patterns to sooth my mind.
    Your dress in beautiful, I love linen as well. Perhaps a linen dress for the summer is in my future :).
    Warm Regards

    • Emily@BelgianSeams
      6th May 2020 / 8:53 pm

      Hi there, thanks for your lovely and thoughtful comment. Glad you are able to relieve stress through sewing! I’ve never made a quilt, definitely want to give it a go! I definitely recommend a linen sundress for the summer 🙂
      Take care, Emily

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