This version of Deer & Doe’s Sureau is a size smaller than the one I made before: 36 in the bodice and 38 in the skirt. It fits very well. To avoid the Maoist simplicity of the original pattern, I once again added cuffs to the sleeves and a collar but this time with pointed tips. I also reinforced the back of the button placket with another layer so the shank buttons are sewn into proper buttonholes and don’t ‘sag’. I think this was a good upgrade which adds a bit of couture to a basic design. For the collar, I’d award myself the mark 3/5 as it doesn’t quite sit flat. I’d have persevered and cut it again to perfection had I more fabric and if the design was more flattering. But the only way I’m gonna wear this dress is if all my other clothes and dressing gown get burnt in a fire.
Part of the problem was that I had so little fabric and this dictated the length of the skirt. Look how it cuts across the legs with the knees at their thickest. The fabric is beautiful: a rust-coloured cotton batik with cream-gold and black. It comes from a collection my mother acquired when living in Indonesia some years back and I’m very grateful that she entrusted me with it. Earth tones don’t suit me generally but I thought with the remains of a summer tan and some reddish tints in my hair (Sun damage? Chlorine? Not sure.) that I might be able to get away with it.
After these photos were taken, I changed back into my normal colours and felt a genuine sense of relief that I was myself again. This might however work as a giveaway! If you know of any pale, over-attractive blondes, redheads or dark-skinned girls with a 28″ waist approx who need to play it down with a bit of pumpkin frock, send them to me!