Heatwave hero!

A review of Myosotis Dress

Reviewed by Mel Forrest on 2nd August, 2020

I’m very late to the Myosotis party, but as soon as I put my finished dress on I realised why it’s been such a popular pattern. It’s an easy, breezy garment that keeps you cool and looks lovely – what more could you want?!

I used a pretty floaty viscose by Dashwood Studio for my dress. I bought 2.5m half-price in John Lewis and managed to cut out everything I needed and lengthen the dress, despite having less fabric than the pattern requirements. From the variety of versions I have seen, the Myosotis works well in a range of fabrics, but viscose was perfect for the swish and drape I was looking for.

I found the instructions easy to follow and user-friendly and I think this would be a good pattern for a confident beginner with a few makes under their belt. I read several reviews that mentioned how difficult it was to insert the collar if you followed the instructions. As a result I didn’t even bother to read them and I had no trouble inserting the collar in the standard fashion.

The Myosotis is designed to be oversized but I was wary of it ending up too big, so I sized down from my usual 38 in Deer and Doe patterns to a size 36. I’m really pleased with the fit – there’s plenty of ease and it’s very comfortable without swamping me. My measurements are 33″/27″/38″ for reference.

The only change I made to the pattern was to lengthen it into more of a midi dress. I did this by cutting the skirt piece from view B rather than view A and then adding the ruffle from view A. I really like this length on my 5’4″ frame and I’m pleased I made this alteration, which seems like a popular one if you read other reviews.

I absolutely love the finished dress and it was so comfortable to wear during the hot weather we have had this week. Next time I’d like to make a lightweight linen version without the ruffles for a different look to make the most of the versatility of the pattern.