The frigid, Iowa winters don’t necessarily scream short sleeved dress, but I saw potential for a cozy, drapey winter dress that would allow for extra holiday sweets in the Deer and Doe Myosotis dress pattern. I had initially fallen in love with this pattern after seeing Fiona from Diary of a Chain Stitcher make up a beautiful, clean white summer dress but didn’t make the plunge and buy the pattern until recently. I was initially drawn in by the wonderful gathers at the sleeves but after finding this fabric I wanted the plaid to be the star of the show.
I found this (now out of stock) Rayon twill buffalo plaid on Fabric.com. I felt that the breeziness of the rayon would pair well with the waist gathers and shape of the Myosotis dress. The short sleeves meant that it would be easy to throw on a cardigan, and adding some fleece tights would make for a cozy winter dress! The pattern of this fabric also screams, “curl up under a blanket and have a cup of tea damnit.”
In order to reduce sleeve bulk to allow for the cardigan, I finished the sleeves with a teeny narrow hem similar to what I did on my wedding dress. Other than that, everything was made up according to the directions! I made no fit alterations, and sewed up a 10 based on my upper bust measurement. I love the extra ease through the waist, I don’t feel constricted at all.
Oh, and it has pockets. Talk about a winner!
Last but not least, a quick squishy-faced photo of Rosie, my persistent companion through sewing this dress. She kept curling up on my lap while I was actively sewing. And laid on my in progress dress more times than I could count. Thanks bud!