Deer & Doe Sew-Along

Deer & Doe is having a sew-along — and I’m joining in!

The project is to make their Centaurée Dress, and it started on the 21st. I don’t have the pattern, but I’ve always wanted to take part in a big-name sewalong. I am hopeful that I will like the finished dress I end up with….

The long version, with high/low hem.

Centaurée has star-shaped seams to form the bodice, which I assume include the necessary darts for fitting. The pattern would reveal more, though it costs $17.50 plus shipping, and doesn’t go anywhere near my size. I’m tempted to make up my own “Centaurée” pattern and work with that, but it would defeat the point of a sew-along! So, with great trepidation I am making the purchase today.

You’re probably wondering why on earth I’d do a sew-along for a pattern I don’t care for, especially given that I’ll need to buy fabric to make it (no way am I sacrificing my beloved stash pieces on an iffy project). Well, I’m more motivated by pain than by pleasure, simply put. If I don’t like the pattern and don’t have the fabric, the effort required to get started keeps me on task until the garment is completed.

Photo by Gringo in Mazatlan, apparently there is good fabric shopping in Mexico!

On the plus side, I get to fabric shop! And Deer & Doe has links to bloggers who have made this dress. They’re all in French, but I am learning French and know enough Spanish/Italian to figure out what these bloggers are saying:

Amélie, pas Poulain

another from Amélie, pas Poulain

Et Pourtant Elle Crée

What about you? Are you joining this sewalong? Do you ever push yourself to sew things you’re not thrilled about?

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  1. I just realized recently that sewalongs are a good way of pushing yourself to know more and learn more. I just joined the prettygirlssew sew along last month and will be joining more soon. They’re very good inspirations.

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