Double Trouble

Believe it or not, this double dose of Myosotis is the same dress! 

My mom gifted me this beautiful plaid double gauze a few years ago. I sat on it for quite a while before realizing it had a double life - it was striped on the other side! I knew I had to find a way to showcase both views and so this reversible dress was born. 

Pattern: Deer and Doe's Myosotis
Fabric: 3 yds double gauze
Cost: gift

Of course, there are some challenges with creating a reversible dress. For one, how do you cleanly finish the seams on both sides? Flat-felled seams would be good, but that's a bit tricky on a fiddly fabric, so instead I did French seams and sewed them down to the fabric. Yes, even those ruffles! It's not perfect, but I've decided I'm going with the rustic look for this one. I also sewed down the darts to the main body. I got really lucky and my facings matched up perfectly on the plaid side, allowing for a fairly inconspicuous finish. I finished it off with snaps, which close equally well from both sides. 

This was my first time sewing the Myosotis, though I've recently had success with their other pattern, the Sirocco jumpsuit. It seems this brand fits me pretty well - I think they draft for pear shapes like me. I did grade out from the bust to the waist (on grading in the hips needed for this style). The only change I would make, and this is something you can see on the pattern photos, too, is that it tends to pull up a bit at the front waist.

I wasn't sure that I would like this style given how billowy and oversized it is. But it has a nice fit through the bodice which keeps the proportions in check. So far, it has been the perfect Bay Area dress - sleeves to keep the sun and chill off, but still a chance to show some leg. And since it is reversible, it has already pulled double duty on trips and different events in the same week - I can just reverse it and wear it again! Now just to see if this delicate fabric survives the wash.


2 comments:

  1. that is amazing!!! I can imagine how much work to do all those enclosed seams. In a plaid too! So pretty and what a great travel dress.

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  2. This is so clever, Meg! When I saw your picture on Instagram I thought you'd made 2 dresses, but this is a neat way to showcase both sides of this beautiful fabric.

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