With a good amount of positive ease from the bodice to the hem, the Myosotis dress is a delight to wear during the hotter months: say goodbye to tight clothing that sticks and rubs against the skin! To take advantage of this, turn to natural fibers that let the skin breathe, such as cotton and linen. And with fresh fabrics come fresh colors, which works out since pastels are super trendy this year. Time to treat yourself to some sage green, pale yellow, baby blue or lilac goodness 🙂
The ruffles of version A will get noticed for sure! Sew this version in a lightweight fabric with some body, so that the sleeve ruffles keep a nice volume.
Possibilities are endless, especially with cotton: lawn, chambray or lightweight sateen, swiss dot or broderie anglaise, gingham, liberty or seersucker, just pick your favorite! Linen will work as well, but don’t hesitate to ask for a swatch first, so you can avoid heavy or drapey ones that could make this dress look “deflated”.
This version of the Myosotis dress has a strong personality, but your fabric choice will go a long way to make it fit in your own wardrobe. For a modern touch, think of borrowing some of menswear’s classic patterns, such as stripes or plaid, to contrast with the feminine ruffles. On the other hand, broderie anglaise or floral prints will bring out its romantic side.
Without the ruffles, version B offers even more options. Unlike version A, flowy fabrics work great with this version, and the dress will have a very different feel whether it’s made out of cotton, like the gingham dress worn by Elodie, or out of rayon like the one worn by Camille.
So in addition to the fabrics recommended for version A, consider using rayon! At Deer&Doe, we prefer rayon twills and crepes to rayon challis, as the latter tends to be woven very loosely and the formers have a nicer hand. We also have a soft spot for linen and rayon blends, which combine the anti-bacterial properties of linen with the beautiful drape of rayon. Lightweight cotton fabrics with a good drape, such as double gauze or cotton voile, are also great choices.
And just because this version of the dress is simpler doesn’t mean it has to be boring! This summer, embroidery is still very much in: why not make Myosotis in the pre-embroidered fabric of your dreams, or embroider it yourself? Plus, with its rectangular gathered skirt, Myosotis is the ideal pattern to make use of a beautiful border print.