As most of you know, I am a huge fan of Deer & Doe patterns. I wouldn’t necessarily call myself a fangirl, but they are definitely one of my favorites. So when the Givre was released as part of their fall collection, yeah, I got it. I sewed up the sleeveless, bodycon dress version for the Cali Fabrics blog a couple of weeks ago, and now I am bringing this post home, so to speak.
Let’s just start by saying that I love bodycon dresses, but I know that they are not everyone’s cup of tea. Some people feel uncomfortable in something this tight or feel that the way it hugs curves is too revealing. I will try to change your mind, but also completely understand if you get to the end and still think, “Girl you crazy if you think I’m wearin’ that!”
The main reason I love bodycon dresses on my body and most bodies is that they are comfortable and very easy to style. Because bodycon dresses fit almost like a second skin, they make a great base layer to wear under a sweater, blazer or big scarf. You can even throw a sweater or blouse over it and wear it like a pencil skirt! That’s like two garments for the price of one!
The Givre has all the elements that I love in Deer & Doe patterns. It is beautifully drafted with all pieces lining up just the way they should. I bought this pattern in PDF and then had large-scale copies made so I didn’t have the slight inaccuracies that you get in piecing A4 or letter-size paper together. D&D patterns are generally drafted for a curvy C-cup, which describes me to a T. I also rarely need length adjustments on D&D patterns, which is great for any other petites out there.
My fabric on this dress is a heavyweight 4-way stretch knit from Cali Fabrics. Sadly this color way is sold out, but I linked to a similar option below. You could easily use a lighter weight fabric for this dress, and it likely would be a little looser than mine. My fabric was heavy with a generous spandex content, which was perfect for a bodycon dress.
I definitely plan to make this dress again. For my next version, I have some lovely floral double-brushed poly, and I think I’ll mash all the pieces together to make a non-color blocked version with set in sleeves.
Would you ever try a form-fitting dress?
Pattern: Givre dress by Deer & Doe Patterns
Price: 14 euro (printed); 11 euro (PDF)
Difficulty: Advanced beginner
Techniques Required: Sewing with knits, attaching a neckband, knit fitting, setting in a sleeve (optional), hemming knits.
- 2 lengths (shirt and dress)
- 2 sleeve options (set in sleeves and sleeveless)
- Optional color blocking
- Knit fabric (heavier for the dress version, lighter weight for top)
- Matching thread
Similar Patterns: I made a similar dress with another colorway of this fabric a while back by mashing the Love Notions Tessa dress (affiliate link) with the Sybil pencil skirt (affiliate link). Another bodycon dress option is the George and Ginger Drama dress, which offers both a swing and bodycon style. And then the Patterns for Pirates Wiggle dress, which released a couple of weeks ago is another popular bodycon option.
Fabric: Heavyweight 4-way stretch knit blend from Cali Fabrics. This particular color way appears to be sold out, but this one is the same thing in a different color.
Fit: Excellent. One of the reasons I love Deer & Doe is that their patterns are a fabulous fit on me.
Pattern format: PDF. I ordered A0 prints of this one from pdfplotting.com. But the A4 file isn’t ridiculous. D&D has recently added PDF purchase options, and even though I love their printed patterns, it’s hard to say no to instant gratification and digital storage, particularly now that I’ve found an affordable option for large-scale printing.
- Great fit. D&D patterns are some of the best I’ve found on that front.
- Beautiful shape. I recognize that bodycon may not be everyone’s style, but I love it. I think it’s really flattering on most body types, and extremely versatile.
- Quick sew. This sews up just like a basic t-shirt.
- I wish that the pattern included a non-color blocked sleeved version. I’m not a color blocking fan, so I will mash up the pieces for a sleeved version without color blocking, but it would have been so easy to include that.
- A short sleeve option in addition to the long and tank versions would have been nice too.
Overall Grade: B+. I love the fit of this pattern, but would have appreciated a couple of additional, very simple, options.