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Wild Horses: Deer and Doe Magnolia Dress Review

Wild Horses: Deer and Doe Magnolia Dress Review

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Hi ya’ll!

Good use of “ya’ll” I think considering the western horses in this dress. You probably do know, but if you don’t, I grew up as a competitive equestrian. I had a white horse and everything. I wasn’t in any way western- I was one of those prissy girls in tall leather boots and fitted jackets. Anyways, I like to think this dress is inspired by a dress I had when I was a teenager which I LOVED but was fast fashion and fell apart pretty quickly. I like to think this is a sort of wild resurrection of that dress, pictured here.

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Deer and Doe are some of my favorite pattern makers, so when they reached out to have me review the Magnolia dress before it was officially released was a dream come true. Especially because the Magnolia dress is such a dreamy versatile pattern. It goes from fun summer to totally glam and i’m obsessed with the spaces in-between where you can customize the look. Also Deer and Doe must know I’m a slut for a butterfly sleeve.

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I’ve recently become obsessed with Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics. I’ve been a fan of their instagram for a while but I found their website a tad difficult to navigate. I finally committed to scouring their website and putting the effort in and have found that their selection of high quality apparel fabric is unparalleled. That’s where I got this gorgeous rayan challis.

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The directions of the pattern were well written and straight forward. I was very glad I made a muslin because I performed a FBA on the bodice before cutting and it was WAY too large. I ended up going down a size from my measured size and taking out a bit of bulk in the underarm. All of the adjustments were super simple and intuitive considering the princess seam cups. I can’t even remember the last princess seam I sewed. In a bodice it’s not really my style. But here I was very into the pure utility of how easy it is to mold a princess seam to the bust.

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Some adjustments I made to this pattern include hacking off the skirt to an in-between tea length and adding a short ruffle to the bottom. In these pics I’m wearing the dress a little kitschy western themed but it also can read a little boho with clogs and a gold necklace.

Also because rayon challis is so flimsy, I put some interfacing on the waistband and also hand stitched a lining waistband as well. I just cut another identical piece and sandwiched the seams in the middle.

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You might be like “hey that’s a lot of cleave for Mary to be showing typically” and you would be right! Cleavage is not my typical card to play. Mostly because when you’re a 38 DDD you’re constantly begging your breasts to just stay calm and inside your shirt at all times. This dress actually comes with two optional necklines (which I love). One is fairly dramatically plunging and one is more day time appropriate. I did actually make the least plunging of the two lessons for the record, for all my big busted ladies out there.

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That’s it for my magnolia! Let me know if you plan on sewing this dress in the future!

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