Deer&Doe: the Zéphyr dress – version A

March 8, 2016


Here is is, the new spring-summer 2016 collection from Deer&Doe! This collection is very special to me because it is the first since I started working with Eléonore 🙂 Even though she is the one who does all the pattern design, I was closely involved with the creation process and I am pretty overwhelmed by what a warm welcome the patterns have been getting! Anyways, I love these patterns, so much that I managed to snatch a little free time in between sewing prototypes for the photoshoot and working on the new website to make my own versions! Today I’m showing you Zéphyr, the sleeveless knit skater dress 🙂


As I was saying, I was closely involved in the creation of these patterns, so it is hard for me to maintain the objective and critical tone that I’d like this blog to have. Not because I am blinded by fangirlism or because I’m trying to make a sale, but because all the issues I had with the patterns have either been fixed during the testing process, or Eleonore has since convinced me that I was the one in the wrong 😉


Of course there is still the matter of taste and personal style, but with Zéphyr I’m right in my element. First because I love knit dresses: as established by my obsession with the Moneta, I think they are the perfect garment to wear everyday. Second, because while Zéphyr can seem simple at first, I think its drafting is spot on: the princess seams at the front and back bodice are extremely flattering to the bust and waist. I am also a big fan of the skirt, which has enough flare to create nice folds but is not as cumbersome as a full circle skirt.


This white version is made from variation A, which has a slight “sportswear” feel with its crew neck. I was a bit afraid of the height of the neckline at first, as I don’t like feeling strangled by my clothes, but it is just right: it stops right below the collarbone, which makes it not constraining but still high enough to be stylish.


I had been daydreaming about a white dress for a while (maybe because I got married in navy?) to wear with black thighs and accessories, and this dress was just what I wanted. I wore it with black leggings, high-heeled ankle boots and bright red lipstick for new years and got a ton of compliments, so I consider it a massive success 😀 The fabric, a textured poly-spandex knit, comes from Hancock Fabrics. It is pretty good for this pattern, even though I wish it was slightly thicker and had a little bit better recovery.


Note that I took a few shortcuts with this dress: as I wanted to finish it really quickly to wear it the same evening, I skipped the top-stitching of the princess seams and neckline, which makes the seams a bit puffier than they should be. The dress is even better top-stitched in the right places, but I don’t think I’ll fix this one: I’d rather sew a whole new one! That said, even without skipping steps it is a very quick project: I made another one last Sunday and it only took me an afternoon.


I think Zéphyr might be my favorite out of the three new patterns! I can see it made in so many different ways, with both necklines and also as a skirt… For now I made versions A and B, and I’ll show you the second one very soon 😉


White Zéphyr
Zéphyr Dress – Deer&Doe
Size 38 / 36,5 / 40,5
Lengthened by 1cm at the bust and 1cm at the skirt
Textured knit from Hancock Fabrics


  1. Sonja

    - March 8, 2016

    So, so cute! I love it! It looks like a fun tennis dress!

    • Camille

      - March 18, 2016

      You’re right it does! Thanks 🙂

  2. Caitlyn

    - March 8, 2016

    Is it an optical illusion caused by the way you’re standing, or is the skirt a little longer in the back? As someone who has a slightly irrational fear of accidentally flashing an innocent bystander, I have to say that a little extra length in the back is always appreciated in my book! I love the sporty quality of the pattern and fabric combo–I’ll bet it transitions to spring and summer wear easily. I look forward to seeing your other interpretations of this versatile pattern!

    • Camille

      - March 18, 2016

      Ah no, the pattern pieces are the same for the front and back, it’s just that for some unknown reason I’m leaning backwards in most of my pictures! I do have a similar fear so I’m thinking I might lengthened the next one if I want to wear it without tights.

  3. Amber

    - March 10, 2016

    I’ve been in love with this pattern since the unveiling of the spring patterns! Can’t wait until they are available in Belgium 😀

    • Camille

      - March 18, 2016

      Thanks! Hope your local sewing shop gets them soon 🙂

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  5. Esther

    - April 19, 2018

    I love this version of the dress! It’s simple, but still very striking. Did you have to make any adjustments to get the neckband to lay flat? I am having trouble with that right now…

    • Camille

      - May 6, 2018

      Thanks! I didn’t make any adjustments to the neckband and it worked out for me. I suppose the stretch percentage of your fabric might play a role there, maybe you’d need to cut it slightly longer if it’s not stretchy enough.

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