Deer&Doe: the Zéphyr dress – version B

March 8, 2016


As I was saying in my previous post, in addition to sewing the crew neck version (version A) of the Zéphyr dress, one of the new Deer&Doe patterns, I also made version B. It’s my favorite variation of the pattern, with this slightly curved V neckline that I find gorgeous 🙂


I had not really planned out this dress… I was browsing the Harts Fabric website looking for fabric for another project when I found this: leopard print gold metallic ponte knit. Yep, you read that right.


I don’t know what got into me, I just had to have it. I never ever wear anything gold, and even less animal print, but I don’t know, I thought it would look cool paired with navy, and I didn’t have any fabric suited for Zéphyr and I really wanted to make another one. But while my first version, all in white with the crew neck, is very “Sporty Spice”, there, with the cleavage, the short length and the glitter leopard print, I feel like a mix between Geri and Mel B… and I don’t know if I can own up to that (or to my Spice Girls references).


So I’m not sure what to think of this dress. I love the pattern but I’m torn on the final result. I’m thinking I should have lengthened the skirt: Zéphyr is very short, which is nice, but paired with a tacky fabric it might be a bit too much. I’m digging the back though, with the very flattering scooped-out armholes 🙂


If you like the fabric though, I highly recommend it for this pattern as it has just the ideal thickness, stretch, recovery and drape. I for once am going to stick to more understated fabrics… The Mélilot shirt I’ll post tomorrow is just plain white, so hopefully I’ll be avoiding the fashion police with that one 😉


Shiny Leopard Zéphyr
Zéphyr Dress – Deer&Doe
Size 38 / 36,5 / 40,5
Lengthened by 1cm at the bust and 1cm at the skirt
Ponte knit from Harts Fabric


  1. Caitlyn

    - March 8, 2016

    Spice Girls, aaah! You made my child-of-the-90s heart flutter. It’s hard to tell what the fabric looks like in person, but in these photos it doesn’t seem too loud at all. I totally understand the feeling you mention–I was just thinking today about how I desperately cover the Bleuet Dress pattern because the shape of the skirt looks like perfection in garment form. All I can say is hurry up payday!

    • Camille

      - March 18, 2016

      Hehe 😀 It doesn’t look to bright on the pictures, but those are the ones taken just after sunset. While the sun was setting over the lake, I looked like a golden disco ball! Hahaha

  2. MadebyMeg

    - March 8, 2016

    Very cute! I was excited to see the v-neck version on you, and I think the fabric is fun (love the Spice Girls reference!). I have recently been solving my too-short skirt problems with a pair of tights, which seem to magically make everything easier to wear.

    • Camille

      - March 18, 2016

      That’s great advice! I tried it with navy tights and a cardigan and it instantly felt much cuter. I’m probably going to wear it like this, and lengthen my next version if I make one to wear in the summer 🙂

  3. Sonja

    - March 9, 2016

    Love it on you! I think it’s darling!

    • Camille

      - March 18, 2016

      Thank you Sonja! 🙂

  4. Amber

    - May 2, 2016

    It looks great! And I don’t think the fabric looks tacky
    I have a question though XD and I feel kinda silly, but all of a sudden I’ve started doubting… should the bodice stop at the waist or should it be a little longer? I just made a test version and mine stops right in my waist if you calculate in the seam allowance

    • Camille

      - May 6, 2016

      Yep that’s it, it should stop right at the waist! I had to lengthen mine because I have a pretty long bodice but that’s how my dress fits too.

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