#Focus On# The Magnolia Dress

Written by Eléonore
October 4 2018 | The patterns

Thank you so much for the warm welcome you’ve given our new collection! Today, let’s take a closer look at the Magnolia dress.

Since the beginning, Deer&Doe has been famous for pretty everyday dresses. But after seeing so many dressed-up versions of Belladone, Centaurée, or Réglisse, we thought it was time to create an actual evening gown, something to make heads turn at weddings or cocktail parties. Whether long and glamour, or short and romantic, Magnolia is sure to be a showstopper… while still being comfortable and easy to wear, the Deer&Doe trademark 😉

Version A

With its statuesque silhouette and killer neckline, version A of the Magnolia dress will be perfect for a fall wedding or a classy new year’s eve. The long sleeves and maxi length balance the depth of the mock-wrap neckline with elegance, and a slit adds interest and movement to the ample skirt.


Version A of Magnolia was especially designed to be worn without a bra: the bodice is reinforced with a lining that also adds comfort and softness, and the princess seams were drafted to flatter the bust and facilitate adjustments. We put extra special care into the neckline, to get rid of any potential gaping!


On this version, long set-in sleeves bring a classical elegance to the garment. The sleeves are delicately brought in at the wrist by an elastic, in order to maintain comfort and freedom of movement.


Like for version B, version A is cinched at the waist by two long ties that are knotted in the back. These ties bring a romantic touch to the dress, while adding support to the bust. The dress is closed on its side by a subtle invisible zipper.

Version B

Version B is a cute declination of the Magnolia dress, less sensual and more sweet! The neckline is more modest and bra-friendly, the skirt is shorter, and the sleeves turn into wide butterfly sleeves!


For our presentation sample, we made a small bust adjustment to fit Brigitte’s body type. It’s very easy to adjust the bodice of Magnolia based on your cup size, and we will give you step-by-step instructions to do so in a tutorial on the blog!


To make the most of the butterfly sleeves, don’t hesitate to use a drapey fabric: rayon, tencel, silk, or chiffon will give them the best drape.


In both versions, the flared skirt of the Magnolia dress was designed to flatter the hips without hugging the stomach, thanks to its paneled construction.

And why not mix and match the different variations of Magnolia to create the dress of your dreams? Maxi length with regular neckline and butterfly sleeves, or short skirt with a plunging neckline and long sleeves? Follow your heart!

Get the Magnolia dress in our online shop in paper (sizes 34 to 46) format, or in PDF format up to size 52! Check back soon for fabric recommendations, inspirations and adjustment tutorials!

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Marjorie Mogano, October 7 2018

This looks fabulous, waiting for my fabric store to get it in stock. I can not wait.

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