Good evening, friends!
I’ve been on a mission as of late to finish unfinished projects that have been lingering in my sewing room. This one I started back in 2014…. and it’s finally completed! Although it’s not my favorite make, and I’ll soon tell you why.
This is the Deer and Doe Bruyere shirt. It’s one I’ve admired on others for some time and took the plunge and ordered it for myself. However, I did not pay attention to the size chart, thinking that the top size of 46 was the bust size, when it’s the European size and EU 46 is a 41″ bust. That meant that I had to grade it up a considerable amount (7 inches +) and this pattern was quite literally a pain in the ass to do so with all of the pattern pieces. I think it took me a full day of sewing time to both grade up and cut this pattern out.
The main problem I have with this shirt is that I graded it up to a set of measurements that were about an inch or so smaller than my current size. So this shirt — although wearable — fits tighter than I’d like. If I were to make it again, I’d definitely have to resize it as it’s not the most comfortable of shirts.
Aside from resizing this pattern, I also enlarged the sleeves. If I were to make it again, I’d enlarge the armscyes and also add a little bit more width to the upper sleeves.
I used some fabulous Robert Kaufman burgundy dot chambray fabric purchased from Fabric.com. After I saw Mary’s lovely shirt dress in the same fabric, I was certain that I needed some for myself. This fabric sews so nicely and it’s just beautiful with a slight sheen and I just love the color and the diminutive dots.
I did enjoy sewing this shirt, even if it took me about a year and a half to finish it. I think I set it aside during Christmas preparations in 2014 and then didn’t come back to it as I got started on other things and the weather turned warm. It’s basically like sewing a shirt dress, with just a smaller skirt. The skirt could be lengthened to make a shirt dress.
The shirt itself doesn’t have all of the bells and whistles like the much lauded McCall’s 6696, but I do like the sleeves and may add something similar to a future version of M6696. I also added a few too many buttons, so the placket buckles a bit, which is something that it didn’t do before I sewed the buttons on.
I have worn this shirt, but it’s not one that I’d wear often. I always pictured myself wearing it with leggings, but when I paired it with leggings, it just looked like I was showing a bit too much of my bum, so I tried it on with jeans and I prefer the look. I’m actually going to give this pattern to my MIL as I won’t be sewing another Bruyere. It’s not that the pattern isn’t a beautiful one, it’s that it’s not a shirt that would get worn very often. I do plan to make a few button-down shirts that are more wearable, meaning that I could tuck them in and wear with skirts. That would be much more practical for my wardrobe.
I do really love this chambray, so I think I’ll buy some more in another colorway (or perhaps in the burgundy again!) and make a dress with it. It’s such a beautiful fabric, I’d be sad if I didn’t have something more wearable in it hanging in my closet to wear!
It was pretty windy when I took these photos as it was between storms (El Nino is here in California), so I apologize how my shirt looks a bit distorted from being blown around.
- Shirt: Deer and Doe Bruyere in burgundy dot chambray, made by me
- Jeans: Lucky Brand
- Boots: Aerosoles
- Earrings: Bauble Bar