A Me Made Deer & Doe Cardamome dress for Maai Design Blog Tour

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I'm really thrilled to be taking part in the Maai Design Blog tour.  Maaike is now stocking a range of See you at Six Fabrics.  And to celebrate, there is a discount code for you at the end of this post..

Here is my contribution to the tour, the Deer & Doe Cardamome dress in The See you at Six Dandelions Blue rayon. I had my eye on this fabric and I'm thankful that I got it in time as it has since sold out!  But never fear, there is plenty more to choose from!

The fabric is beautiful to say the least!  It's very soft, vibrant in colour and has a lovely drape and is a dream to sew with. 

I initially wanted to make either the Tilly & Buttons Marigold jumpsuit or the Sew over It Rosie dress, but I didn't have a lot of time to make this up and didn't want to fiddle with trouser fitting or boning. So I decided on this Cardamome dress which I have been lusting over for a little while. 

Having said that, I wish I had gone with a dress with more of a floaty vibe as the fabric is just so lovely and drapey. 

This pattern was great and the instructions clear.  I have hacked this version up quite a bit by removing the collar and only doing one row of elastic around the waist instead of 4 rows of shirred elastic.  I made a size 38 but I added 4cm to the bodice length and 10cm to the hem length as I often have to do.  And I think those alterations worked well. 

The trickiest part of the make was attaching the yoke as it's topstitched onto the bodice.  That took ALOT of pins! I did use a bit of stay tape around the yoke also which helped a great deal. 

I also made sure that I used a warm-ish iron and pre-washed as there is a 5% shrinkage.  

I am looking forward to wearing more of this easy dress over the summer and I am also planning lots more makes using this fab rayon! 

You can too...here is the 10% discount code you can add to your blogposts: seeyouatsix
This code is valid for the See You At Six collection, and from the 12th of September until the 30th of Sept.

And don't forget to check out all the other fab makes from these lovely sewists and bloggers:

12th of September: Shelley from Bartacks and Singletrack
13th of September: Kate from Sewing With Kate
14th of September: Nicola from Create.nic
15th of September: Anna from Blogless Anna

17th of September: Suz from Sewpony
18th of September: Allison from The Tall Mama
19th of September: Toni from Make It Perfect
20th of September: Suzanne from Dressed in Pretty Little Things
21st of September: Natalie from Sew Outnumbered
22nd of September: Jenya from While She Was Sleeping
23rd of September: Maaike from MaaiDesign

Please excuse my hayfever-ish puffy eyes...it's that time of year! 

Happy sewing!