Centauree & Plantain -Deer & Doe Fangirl


Indie Fangirl- Deer & Doe Centauree and Plantain

I’m so in love with Deer & Doe– definitely a Fangirl! The packaging and overall design are so beautiful- plus fabulous patterns and wonderful instructions in both French and English. I wasn’t originally planning on entering the Indie FanGirl Competition over at The Monthly Stitch.  I just wasn’t feeling inspired and couldn’t justify the expense of more patterns when I already own so many.  I looked at a ton of companies but couldn’t make up my mind.  Luckily my Deer and Doe Centauree dress was completed last week.  I just had to figure out if I could make a dress work with another piece since I was out of time to order another pattern.  I looked over the website and the only pattern available for download was the free Plantain Tee.  I couldn’t see that working immediately, until I saw another version made into a cardigan over on the blog addicts page-brainstorm!  I also was low on what fabric I had that would work with my madder dyed dress.  I found a knit dress in my closet that has never been worn since It was just way too tight- it’s gotta be a size 2 if that.  I must have been seriously delusional about how much baby weight I was going to lose when I bought it 3 years ago :)  But I had just enough material with some creative cutting to make the top.   While it doesn’t look much like the original the plantain is a fantastic base pattern which I know I’ll be using again!

Indie Fangirl- Deer & Doe Centauree and Plantain

My Materials:

Centauree Dress

Deer & Doe Fangirl

Deer & Doe Fangirl- Bias tape Deer & Doe Fangirl-Bias tape

Plantain T-Shirt

  • refashioned knit acrylic and nylon maxi dress (way too small!)
  •  coordinating thread

Indie Fangirl- Deer & Doe Centauree and Plantain

Indie Fangirl- Deer & Doe Centauree and Plantain

I had made up the dress bodice of the Centauree (translates as Knapweed which doesn’t have quite the same ring so I’m sticking to the French Version!) at the beginning of the month to test the fit for my swimsuit version, my Centauree-Ava, then took a break and came back to making the dress last week.  Originally I was planning to go for the full high-low hem even though I know my husband hates them-risky since this is meant for more of a date night dress since there is no easy breastfeeding access.  I sewed this up in my size, a 40.  The fit was spot on in the bust but afterwards I had to take in a good 2-3″ inches in the sides to get the fit right, so I  will probably go down a size next time.  I followed along on the blog for the sew-along which was so helpful.  The only trouble I had was with the invisible zipper, but I broke out my sewing tome and followed the instructions and now it’s a breeze to do!  I love this bodice shape and the straps are so cool.  I played around with the placement but ended up keeping them pretty simple.   After I was done I just found the high- low too dramatic, it touched the floor in the back, especially in the cotton.  In a silk or sheer I think it would be amazing. So I shortened the hem but still kept it a bit longer in back with that nice curved sweep.

Indie Fangirl- Deer & Doe Centauree and PlantainIndie Fangirl- Deer & Doe Centauree and PlantainIndie Fangirl- Deer & Doe Centauree and Plantain

The fabric itself was shibori dyed in my last batch of madder. I posted more images to my facebook page if you want to take a look.   It was the end of the color in the dyepot- I had dyed some other pieces first so the color on this fabric was much lighter, pink instead of red.  I did a triangle fold pattern and worked a lot on placement when I was cutting out my fabric to make the most of the pattern. I think the dye really helps to make this dress special!

Indie Fangirl- Deer & Doe Centauree and PlantainIndie Fangirl- Deer & Doe Centauree and Plantain

Now onto my Plantain cardigan/Tshirt.  I had to use some very creative cutting to make this top.  My dress was quite tiny on top and though a maxi dress only had enough fabric for the short sleeve tee.  I had enough for that as is but I played with the lines in the knit to create an angled bottom.  I cut the bottom of the skirt into the front and back bodice and used the top for my sleeves.  I cut out the original sleeves and used a section of them for the new sleeves, as a band on the bottom to make it 3/4 length which I prefer. I cut the front shirt down the middle and added facings which were stitched down, which gives it a bit of weight. I was originally going to add buttons but it seemed pointless since I really won’t be buttoning this.  I also did a folded edge for my neckline much like I do with my lady skater.  Just a strip folded in half and attached with the serger to the neckline and then stitched down with a double needle.  I love the shape of this and the slight flare against the angled stripes.  I really wasn’t sure this top was going to cut it but I really love the shape.  This top is really practical here in Florida where it’s so hot out right now but freezing from excessive air-conditioning indoors.

Indie Fangirl- Deer & Doe Centauree and PlantainIndie Fangirl- Deer & Doe Centauree and Plantain

Indie Fangirl- Deer & Doe Centauree and PlantainIndie Fangirl- Deer & Doe Centauree and Plantain

All in all I love my Fangirl look!  Check back next week when voting opens and please give my outfits your vote! I still can’t believe I completed a look for each weeks challenge.  My original goal was just entering one :)  I’m surprised how much sewing I’ve accomplished this summer already, especially with both kids home all day!  Right now I’m working on a knit navy stripe dress with Marcy Tilton’s shingle dress for the 4th of July and I just dyed some more fabric with a really cool seashell wrapping technique :) Happy Summer!

Indie Fangirl- Deer & Doe Centauree and Plantain




15 responses to “Centauree & Plantain -Deer & Doe Fangirl”

  1. […]  My original goal was just entering one :)  Head over to my blog, Sew Pomona, to read the full post here.  Happy […]

  2. just b Avatar

    Very, very pretty. :-) I have not sewn in so long Rebecca…but you certainly inspire me to go back to the craft. mari

    1. Rebecca Avatar

      Thanks Mari! What a lovely compliment :)

  3. helen Avatar

    That is really lovely! The colour is beautiful and I love the seam detail on the bodice.

    1. Rebecca Avatar

      Thanks so much Helen! I really love the color, so happy with my dye results:) The bodice on this pattern is so awesome!

  4. Kathryn Avatar

    Wow your dress is gorgeous! I love the bodice details & your dyed fabric. Great use of the plantain pattern too!

    1. Rebecca Avatar

      Thank you Kathryn! I really love this dress! :)

  5. Chantal Avatar

    So pretty! I love the tonal texture you created with the dye.

    1. Rebecca Avatar

      Thanks Chantal! I love how the dye turned out, its a bit more subtle on this make. Plus you can still see the texture and pattern in the cotton weave.

  6. […] It’s time for one last round of voting before Indie Pattern Month ends over at The Monthly Stitch!  And this is the ultimate contest for the month-Indie Fan Girl, where we made full on fan girl outfits out of our favorite Indie pattern designers collections.  My pick was Deer and Doe, a french pattern company with beautiful designs and a wonderful aesthetic.  Check out my full post for Deer & Doe Fangirl look here! […]

  7. nishi Avatar

    You look beautiful! I love the dress & the Plantain cardigan is wonderful! I’m definitely going to have to copy you as Singapore’s climate sounds very similar to Florida’s!

    1. Rebecca Avatar

      Thank you Nishi! I highly recommend both patterns :)

  8. […] bias technique from Deer & Doe’s Centauree dress (my previous makes, a swimsuit  and dress ) for attaching the straps.  My top is lined, in grey, by just cutting two pattern sets before […]

  9. […] Click to view my earlier makes, a Deer & Doe Centauree Ava one piece Swimsuit and Dress. […]

  10. […] months, but I love it!  This jacket was made with the leftover yardage from my Deer & Doe Centauree Dress and while the pink was lovely I didn’t want two pieces in my wardrobe that were so similar. […]

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