It’s always fun to welcome back previous sponsors and check out what they’ve been up to since we last caught up. Deer & Doe recently released a trio of patterns and so Mel caught up with Camille to see the inspiration behind the final products.
Camille from Deer&Doe here! This year again, we are delighted to support Indie Pattern Month, and we’re especially excited to be sponsoring the “Separates” contest, as separates were the main focus of our latest collection. We love the idea of a pattern collection as a wardrobe-builder: staple pieces you can sew in a variety of fabrics and mix and match with the rest of your closet for maximum portability!
Our spring-summer 2017 collection was all about separates: loose fitting blouses, easy breezy high-waisted shorts and skirts, and the classic trench coat that works with every outfit. When dreaming up this collection, we had in mind the typical parisian summer wardrobe: elegant and effortless silhouettes, with chic details and light, muted colors.
The Hoya blouse
For the Hoya blouse, we wanted to create a casual yet elegant silhouette, that could be dressed up or down depending of the fabric. Our challenge was to balance the boxiness of the top with feminine details. We created this mock-wrap neckline, that gives the illusion of a wrap front with a shawl collar, but is actually stitched in place and thus very practical. The lined front is also great to use sheer fabrics and play with transparency on the sleeves and back!
The Goji shorts/skirt
We imagined Goji as the ideal summer piece: a comfortable elasticated waist, a loose fit that helps you stay cool in the heat, and both shorts and skirt versions. The risk with such a casual piece is that they can be a little boring, so we spent a lot of time finding the right design elements to keep it interesting: a paperbag waist option, rounded patch pockets, a channel waistband and a mock-fly front complete the look.
The Luzerne trench coat
With Luzerne, we wanted to create a feminine and urban trench coat: the Deer&Doe take on a classic silhouette. Its large collar, pleated skirt and cinched waist set it aside from more menswear-inspired pieces. When working on such a classic, tailored garment, it’s important to pick the right details to achieve the desired effect: we added sleeve tabs and a buttoned belt loop in the back, but the storm flaps have been replaced by a simple back yoke for a more streamlined look.
We hope you’ve enjoyed learning about the inspiration behind our latest collection. Happy sewing!
Thanks Camille! It’s wonderful to see the design process and the final outcome. We can’t wait to see what Deer & Doe release next…