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 have 7 versions of Circée we can’t wait to show you.
We’ve included some highlights of everybody’s reviews below, but we encourage you to visit their full posts for more photos and information. Thank you to Emily, Clémentine, Khadija, Sophie, Tea, Lilli, and Malika for taking the time to review Circée!
First up, we have Emily (@selfassemblyrequired) with an absolutely glam version of Circée! You may remember Emily from our Orchidée reviews last year, but it’s her stunning version of Magnolia that caught our eye for this particular release. For this dress, Emily trusted her usual set of Deer&Doe fit adjustments and got great results. She also changed the front tie closure to a double button closure, so she wouldn’t need to worry about her slippery fabric holding a bow.
I knew immediately Circée would make for the most fabulous of party dress – those sleeves! . . . The fit is spot on so if the Deer & Doe block works for you like it does for me, this is going to be a sure fire hit!
This is definitely the fanciest thing I’ve made for a while and I’ve honestly missed making evening wear! Now I just need to find a party to wear it to…Emily of @selfassemblyrequired
Next we have Clémentine of @mandarinecouture! Clémentine was kind enough to review the Sirocco jumpsuit for us, and we are honored to have her back now to discuss the Circée dress. She opted to sew the short version of the dress in her usual size. Although this is a more casual hem length, we love how she’s so elegantly styled it.
I really like this dress – the slit sleeves are elegant, the neckline is beautiful, and it has pockets too (you know how we love that 😍)! As usual with Deer&Doe, it’s a real success.
This is pattern that contains a lot of pieces and takes time but, in my opinion, isn’t complicated. I’ll admit that I’ve fallen for Orage too!Clémentine of @mandarinecouture
We love following Khadija (@atelier.k78) for her fashion-forward sense of style and creative eye for pairing fabrics with patterns, and as expected she did a beautiful job with her Circée dress! We can see this dress being worn anywhere from the office, the museum, or out on a date night!
Sophie of @pepites_et_compagnie is a first time reviewer with us, and we absolutely adore her version of the Circée skirt! Not only did she pick an incredible fabric to pair this pattern with, she also shortened the hem length by 20 cm to create this midi silhouette. How cute is it paired with a white tee and sneakers?!
When Deer&Doe asked me to sew this new skirt before its release, I must admit I hesitated! It’s not the type of look I’m used to wearing, but its vintage and feminine lines convinced me to give it a try. I’m so glad I did . . . once I styled it more casually with a pair of sneakers, I quite liked it!Sophie of @pepites_et_compagnie
Another first time reviewer, we have Tea of @crumpetsteaandsewing! Tea first caught our eye with her beautiful renditions of the Myosotis dress, and we were very excited when she agreed to try Circée for us. Although her fabric is a little stiffer than we’d recommend for this pattern, Tea totally rocks the drama of this silhouette!
In hindsight, I wouldn’t use a [rigid] cotton fabric for this project. The cotton fabric was great for the midriff and skirt; however, it’s too stiff for the front cover and sleeves. Although this project didn’t turn out how I expected, due to my poor fabric selection, I like the final dress and hope to wear it soon. In the future I would like to make the Circée Dress with the Magnolia flutter sleeve or the Myosotis ruffle sleeve patterns. I think the two would be beautiful together.Tea of @crumpetsteaandsewing
It’s hard not to fall in love with everything Lilli (@frocksandfroufrou) makes and styles, and this version of Circée is no exception. After Lilli’s fabulous review of the Sirocco jumpsuit (see her other versions here, here, and here), we knew we wanted her back to try a woven pattern! Although this was her first time sewing a princess lined bodice, she managed to create a beautiful dress that fits like a glove.
Loooooook at this amazing dress! With its princess line bodice, wrapped skirt, and dramatic vented sleeves, Circée is a statement wrap dress that reminds me of a fabulous 70’s gown. Like my beloved Deer and Doe Sirocco jumpsuit, it fits like a dream and has big wonderful pockets.
If you’re looking for a statement dress that – depending on your fabric choice – would be just as comfortable at the beach as it would be waking down the aisle, then the Circée dress is a great pick.Lilli of @frocksandfroufrou
Finally, we have Malika (@mlefilquidanse), who made not one but two versions of Circée! The purple dress is made in a light and drapey viscose twill, and like Sophie she opted to shorten both renditions of the skirt about 20 cm. We love how the different fabric and styling choices give these garments a totally different vibe!
Here is a new collection from Deer&Doe that marks their 10th anniversary, and the character and style of these designs has immediately set the tone! I am delighted, and so happy to celebrate a brand that now offers two size ranges!Malika of @mlefilquidanse
When I did the first fitting for this dress . . . wow! Sometimes the way a pattern falls on you can make you feel like you’ve just grown wings.
As usual, this was another incredible roundup from our team of reviewers! 🖤 Thank you again to everybody who took the time to sew and review Circée, we are always so blown away by your work.
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.
Ntsiki, November 15 2022
I love both the dress and the skirt. I am definitely going to make both and try different colours.