2023 So Far & a Fall Release Update

Written by Eléonore
September 19 2023 | Behind the Scenes, Myosotis, Pattern News

Hello again, and happy almost fall! It’s been quite the year at Deer&Doe, and we’re long overdue for a catch up. It’s a vulnerable one, so settle in . . .

You may have noticed that with the exception of our spring collection launch, we’ve been relatively quiet this year. Despite our best intentions to bring you more personal updates and behind the scenes content, 2023 took us all by surprise and delivered what has been, quite honestly, our most challenging season yet. 

It all began last November when Camille began experiencing symptoms of muscle spasms, trouble balancing, and lightheadedness. An ER visit in December led to the discovery of an unknown tumor on her clivus (the bone in the center of the skull), and the following few months were filled with referrals and follow up specialist appointments as she tried to get a diagnosis. In March, a neurosurgeon informed Camille that he strongly suspected the tumor was cancerous, and a treatment plan was put in place. This included surgical removal as soon as possible, followed by several months of radiation treatment. 

With her health at the top of our minds, Camille went on medical leave immediately and indefinitely—to be determined as her recovery required. Her surgery was eventually scheduled for the first half of May; performed through the nose and including 6 hours under general anesthesia. You can imagine our collective sigh of relief when it was confirmed that her tumor was benign and not cancerous.

This was the best possible outcome, and we feel a tremendous amount of gratitude to be able to share that with you today. In addition to giving Camille a clean bill of health, her biopsy results also meant that she no longer needed to undergo radiation therapy. With another two months spent recovering from her surgery, Camille rejoined the team in her usual capacities at the beginning of August.

There is nothing like a serious health scare to remind you of the things that are most important in life, and it is with so much joy that we have welcomed Camille back and embraced the return of our working “normal.” We are deeply aware of the gift that is life and we are incredibly grateful to you, our customers, for carrying Deer&Doe through good times and bad. 

With the stress of Camille’s potential diagnosis and surgery behind us, we are now looking ahead to the end of this year and next year. Although we are proud to have successfully launched our spring collection in spite of our greatly reduced work capacity, we are quite a small team and felt Camille’s absence deeply. Any task that was not a priority and could not be handed off was put on pause, and our normal production timelines were well behind where we usually like them.

Rather than try to play catch up and risk perpetuating a cycle of burnout, we have made the decision to not release any new patterns for the remainder of this year. Instead, we are taking the time to recover from stress of the first half of this year (and in Camille’s case, her continued recovery), work on a backlog of internal projects, catch up on timelines for our spring cycle, and reassess our workloads where needed.

In addition to allowing us to recover physically and mentally, putting a pause on new patterns also means that we’ve created some additional bandwidth to focus on extending the size range of a fan-favorite pattern. We are excited to announce that (very soon!) we will be re-releasing the Myosotis dress in our complete size range. While new studio photos with matching samples won’t be available until the spring (when we resume our normal production schedule), we wanted to bring you the finished pattern as soon as possible. We feel very proud that this pattern has received some of our best tester feedback yet, and we’ve lined up another fantastic team of reviewers to share their thoughts and photos as well.

We are looking forward to this release and sharing more with you in the coming weeks! In the meantime, thank you for your continued care, support, and understanding. Onward and upward!

12 commentaires

Gwyn, September 19 2023

What an intense and scary time! So glad to hear the tumor was benign, and you’re taking the time to function at a reasonable level for your capacity.

Saremy Duffy, September 20 2023

Congratulations on a clean bill of health! Taking the rest of the year to reset will fee so good and thanks for the update.

Lila, September 20 2023

So happy at the outcome of this horrible ordeal. Everyone totally understand and feel extremely grateful that the team and Camille are doing well.

GrizabellaSews, September 23 2023

What an ordeal! So glad of the successful outcome and sending prayers for good health.

Latrilla, September 23 2023

Thank you so much for sharing. I hadn’t noticed the quiet, continuing to work with what I have from you. I’m so thankful that Camille is so much better. Much prayers will keep going for continued health.. I get it. Burnout is real. Your fans understand. You all take care of care of yourselves. Besides I know I have enough sewing to sustain me until your new patterns come. Much peace and love❤️

SB, September 23 2023

Congratulations on being cancer-free!!! Wow! (Forgive my ignorance, but who is who on the pictures shown here?) Blessings!

Suzan Steinberg, September 23 2023

Great news! We are all so glad to hear that Camille has made it to the other side of her health journey and is cancer free. We are so excited to hear that you are expanding the size of your Myosotis dress to your complete size range and look forward to your release next year as well. Much love from all of us at Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics in Berkeley California!

Nicki, September 23 2023

Such a relief!!! I can’t imagine how scary that was and I’m so glad the surgery went well and that there tumour was benign. Glad to hear you will be taking things slowly for the remainder of the year – these things take time to process fully

Emma, September 23 2023

How scary, glad you are in good health. Great idea to take stock and not release new patterns right now. Health and family time is too important. Will be delighted to continue to support your great business in the meantime with your current patterns.

Bettina, September 24 2023

Wishing you all the best for your recovery!

Rachel, September 30 2023

What a rollercoaster of a post that was! So pleased that Camille is recovering well. I am over the moon that you are finally adding myosotis to you full size range. My fabric is already chosen.

Kay, October 5 2023

Thank you for sharing such a personal post. So thankful to hear you all are now doing well. Thoughts and prayers for you all as you continue on your journeys forward in life. May your business and health be blessed in the time you take to rest and recover!

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