Yet another pattern from Deer&Doe! This new one, called Bruyère, is a full-on shirt with collar and cuffs and all that. Where it differs from other shirt patterns is that it is made to flatter hourglass figures, so it has a fitted waistband and inverted pleats in the front and back. So, wanna see the results of my pattern testing?
I made one of the very first tests, called a “pre-test”, before the instructions were written, so I can’t say anything about those. Eleonore did explain me the “accordion” technique to sew the collar and button band, and it gives a really neat result.
Even though it was a pre-test, I have a great amount of trust in Eleonore and Deer&Doe, so I used a nice fabric and took great care in the details: french seams at the sides and sleeves, and a lot of time spent carefully matching the stripes. I’m pretty proud of the result at the waistband!
It was the right move because the fit ended up being perfect, the darts at the chest and waist (like the ones on the Belladone) are really flattering and are perfectly aligned with the pleats (don’t you love this type of details?). Some things did change on the final pattern (sleeves, length of the facing…) but as a whole I think this version gives a good impression of the shirt: fitted but comfortable.
Oh, and as I had an extra button, I added one at the top (which I think is not asked for in the pattern), so I can button it up hipster-style!
Bruyère by Deer&Doe (pattern test)
Shirting cotton from Toto