Hack It! with Deer and Doe

Deer and Doe sponsored Frocktober here on The Monthly Stitch in 2014. This year they return as a sponsor for Indie Pattern Month and we’re really excited to work with them again.

This year Deer and Doe are very excited to be sponsoring our Hack It! themed competition and have put together a selection of their favourite Deer and Doe pattern hacks.

Mel caught up with Camille to learn more…

Hi Camille! Welcome back to The Monthly Stitch and especially to Indie Pattern Month!

Hi, Camille from Deer&Doe here! We are a two-person French brand, which focuses on feminine, elegant, yet comfortable women patterns, designed with an hourglass figure in mind. Our paper patterns come with detailed instruction booklets in English and French.

We are really happy to be sponsoring the Hack It! contest. Ever since Deer&Doe released its first collection, we have seen seamstresses all over the blogosphere take our patterns and transform them into completely different, new and exciting garments. There is something really liberating about sewing: it allows us to free ourselves from the constraints imposed by the clothing industry, and explore a whole universe of fabrics and silhouettes. Hacking takes it to the next level: it’s all about letting your creativity loose and stepping outside the boundaries of a pattern. A pair of shorts becomes a skirt, a shirt becomes a dress, and a cutout or a pegged hem can transform a garment to make it edgy, feminine, sexy… The only limit is your imagination!

To give you a little extra inspiration, we have selected our favorite pattern hacks made from Deer&Doe patterns. We think they really show how the simplest modifications can make a huge difference in the final look of a garment. Sometimes a hack can be as easy as lengthening a hem or adding a couple straps. We can’t wait to see what you all come up with!

Chataigne shorts turned into a skirt by EstelleReglisse dress turned into a blouse by The Little Tailoress
Anemone turned into a pencil skirt by Katy and LaneyFree Plantain tee with low back and crossed straps by Feenambulle
Pavot jacket turned into a hooded winter coat by ZibusineBelladone dress with an open back by Peneloping
Chardon skirt turned into an edgy pinafore by PaunnetAubepine dress turned into a blouse by Sandra
Chataigne shorts adapted for pregnancy by L’ombellifereMelilot shirt turned into a dress by Le coussin du singe