#Sirocco# Reviews 2.0

Written by Camille
November 26 2021 | Inspirations

The reviews are in! Prior to every collection release, we ask different sewists to try out our patterns and share their honest opinions. This allows you to see the garment in varying styles and fabrics, and get a better idea from our reviewers of what it will be like to work with the pattern. Today, we are sharing our largest review roundup yet, including eight different versions of the Sirocco jumpsuit in our new and improved size range.

We’ve included some review highlights below, but we encourage you to visit everybody’s full posts for more photos and information. Thank you to ClementineLilli, Aaronica, Cécile, Jenny, Sarah, Katha, and Basma for taking the time to review Sirocco! And thank you to Rascol for kindly sponsoring these reviews!

First up we have Clementine, who made not one but two different versions of the Sirocco jumpsuit. Clementine has such a polished and chic style, so we were very excited when she agreed to review Sirocco! The beige version is her muslin, and the green is her final – but don’t they both look fabulous?

Lilli is a sewist we’ve admired for years, and it was a real treat to invite to join our team of reviewers. While we were patiently awaiting early feedback, she excitedly sent us a photo of her in-progress Sirocco to let us know how great the fit was and how much she was enjoying putting it together. There is nothing better than getting that kind of feedback about our patterns, and we couldn’t be more pleased with how her version turned out. Click here to see more photos from Lilli.

This was my first experience with [Deer and Doe], and I found the instructions clear and easy to follow . . . from the wrapped front to the tapered legs, the perfectly positioned waistband to the generous rise, the Sirocco fit me right out of the packet . . .

I love it. I’m living in it. I’m going to make ten of them and wear them around the clock.

Lilli of @frocksandfroufrou

What’s more perfect for the holidays than a crushed velvet Sirocco romper?! Aaronica is a great source of inspiration for trendy styles and modern silhouettes, and this Sirocco is no exception. We love how she’s glammed up the romper view with thigh-high socks, combat boots, and a wide-brim hat.

Conversely, if you’re looking for a Sirocco that’s classic and timeless, you can’t go wrong with a solid black version. We love following Cécile for her incredible knitting projects (in addition to her sewing projects!), and it was so nice to see the Sirocco jumpsuit grace her feed. This could easily be dressed up or down depending on how you style it!

Is it possible to be more fabulous than Jenny of @johassler? Her joy and excitement is palpable in every project photo, and we can’t help but be smitten with each new project she shares. Jenny was the first to send back her review photos of Sirocco, and we collectively gasped at how well it turned out!

I was asked to sew [Sirocco] prior to the upcoming release with new sizing 💛 if you listen to [Punk Frockers] you know I’ve been looking for a jumpsuit pattern that I could live & the Sirocco is definitely it! . . . it was a dream to stitch up & equally dreamy to wear 💚. . . these are the definition of comfort – definitely Secret Pajamas 💜 easy to to slip on & off for taking care of life’s little necessities too 🖤

Jenny of @johassler

We always leave it up to our reviewers to select their own fabric and prints for our patterns, but Sarah of the @curvypatterndatabase really went above and beyond with the pattern matching on this version of Sirocco! Isn’t it impressive? Sarah curates and runs the Curvy Pattern Database, which is an amazing interactive resource (EN) for patterns that go up to at least a 60″ hip. It was an honor to have her join our review team for this first release!

I used a techno crepe with 70% by 25% stretch. I think my only fitting problem is that it’s hard to get my arms into/get over my shoulders. I’ve popped stitches at the top of the neckline more than once. The waist is a breeze to get on, though. Overall, it’s a great fit! The pants fit well and the crotch curve suits me pretty well! The top is perfection and I love the cut! Just the right depth!

Sarah of @thecurvypatterndatabase

Even though Sirocco isn’t intended specifically for maternity wear, as Katha demonstrates it can certainly work for expecting mothers! This blue polka dot print is perfect for Katha’s bubbly sense of style, and we love that the pattern works for her growing bump. 🥰

Today I want to show you my version of the Sirocco Jumpsuit by Deer and Doe. The pattern will soon be released in a new size range that goes up to size 60 – perfect for plus size sewists! I used almost 4m of fabric and made the top in size 50, bottom in size 54.  I thought the instructions were very thorough and easy to follow – and I think this pattern is great for pregnancy and the mock-wrap top will come in handy when breast feeding! (Deer and Doe just told me that I made a mistake with the center marks of the bodice. It’s actually supposed to be more crossed and then the pleats sit much better!)

Katha of Katha Strophal

Last but certainly not least, we have Basma: a vision in red! We are always so impressed with Basma’s projects, and are so grateful she agreed to make and review and the Sirocco jumpsuit. There is something so sophisticated about a solid Sirocco jumpsuit, and this luxe red version is no exception. Could Basma be more glamourous?

Sirocco was such a breeze to sew!  If you have a serger, you could probably make this over the course of a morning and afternoon and wear it out the same evening . . . I was a little concerned that this style would accentuate my full tummy, but my concerns were unwarranted.  I replaced the clear elastic in the pockets for regular knitted elastic . . . Other than that, I made no alterations, and the jumpsuit fits perfectly . . . I absolutely love the final result and am now planning on making a floral wide-legged version for the spring.

Basma of Stitch and Shimmy

We hope you are as inspired by this team of reviewers as we are! We are always so impressed with their talent and creativity—thank you again to everybody for taking the time to sew and review Sirocco. Don’t forget to visit their full posts, and share your own versions of this jumpsuit with the hashtag #DDSirocco.

Note: Pattern Testers and Reviewers

Our pattern testers have worked with us closely while we were developing the pattern, and provided feedback on the construction and fit. Our reviewers featured in this blog did not take part in pattern testing, and so did not provide feedback during the design phase. Their feedback is based on the final version of the pattern only. In exchange for their honest review, they received an early copy of the finished pattern as well as a purchase credit for fabric and supplies. The opinions they express on their blogs (which we recommend visiting!) are their own, and we have encouraged honest and constructive criticism.

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