Odds & Ends + Pattern Geek-Out: Deer & Doe Spring-Summer ’13!

Hi, guys! I’ve been a bad, bad blogger. I’ve been crazy busy and feeling really overwhelmed by the thought of sitting down to post. But things are returning to normal and I’m excited to get back to more regular posting! Here are some quick bullet points to catch you up on what’s been going on chez Ginger:

There’s an “M” on his forehead (“m” for “mine, all mine”!). I will definitely be abducting him in the near future.  Sorry, Devra!

  • I did some top-secret pattern testing (another reason for silence on the blog)!  You guys.  You’re going to love this pattern.  I’m just sayin’.  GET EXCITED.
  • I broke down and ordered a walking foot last week.  I’m suuuuuuuper excited to make a plaid Archer shirt, and if that minimizes the cursing, sweating, and crying that I’ll probably be doing as I try to match plaids, that’s gotta be a good thing, right?  Anxiously waiting for its arrival as we speak!
  • On that note, I’m way stoked for the Archer shirt sewalong!  My new office job gives me normal-ish hours, so I *should* actually have the time in the evenings to keep up with this sewalong [sobs of joy]!
  •  And today my mug is over on True Bias as part of her new series, Tried and True!  You guys know Kelli, right?  If not, hop over there RIGHT NOW.  GO.  What are you waiting for?!

But now, let’s get down to our real business– a big, fat, sloppy pattern geek-out!  I didn’t even know this was coming, but I just happened to mosey over to Deer & Doe’s blog today and what did I see but NEW SPRING AND SUMMER PATTERNS!!!

Datura

Oh my gah, how cute is this?!  The Datura blouse, a swingy (but not TOO swingy) woven top with neckline cutouts and buttons in the back (but NOT at the top of the back so my hair won’t get caught on the buttons… GENIUS).  And the sample is made in a gorgeous mint green– I can’t even deal with this.  Folks.  There’s a Peter Pan collar option.  I’m in danger of raving.

Reglisse

Look at this!  The Reglisse dress, a summery little dress that I’m DYING to get my grubby mitts on!  I usually hate elastic waists (c’mon, I’m not a toddler, people!), but I love the neckline, sleeves, and easy fit so much that I just want this pattern so badly!  I wanna swan around in a little sailor dress all summer long!

Chardon

Finally, the Chardon skirt!  I rarely wear skirts (it’s just too complicated to put together an outfit, as opposed to just pulling a dress over my head), so I’m not as tempted by this one, but I’m sure that this is making many other hearts go pitter-patter all across the blogosphere.  Plus there’s a cute ribbon bow at the back!  Sheesh, Eléonore, don’t you know I’m trying not to buy more patterns?!  Give a girl a break!

Man.  These are all just too amazing.  I have serious Paris envy, people (look it up, it’s a psychological disorder)!  Why am I all sweaty?

What about you guys?  What’s going on with you?  These patterns (or any other new ones) got you all hot ‘n’ bothered?  Do tell!

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  1. EEK! I love those patterns, especially that blouse!
    So glad you’ll have more time to sew with your new job 🙂 I’m going to try to get on the archer sew-along train this week, too!
    Excited about your walking foot, too! It’s gonna be a good Spring, yes ma’am!

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    • I cannot deal with them. Look, indie designers, I get it, you’re all so cool and hip and talented but DUDES, I can’t afford all your awesomeness! Be more frumpy and dumb!

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  2. Yay, I’m glad you’re back!

    About the walking foot: you know how you think ‘oh, if I just get this one gadget, my ‘x’ skills will be SO MUCH BETTER’, but when you actually get the gadget, you find out that no, you still suck? (could be just me…) Well, a walking foot is like the first half, but instead of realizing you still suck, you actually are SO MUCH BETTER. It’s a game-changer, for sure.

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    • Haha, no, I’m totally with you! I’m like, oh, wait, just give me a bias tape maker and I’ll apply bias tape perfectly. Except that no bias tape make can make me stitch straighter or press better. Sigh. Here’s hoping that the walking foot will ACTUALLY help! I hate when I’ve got everything perfectly aligned, but when I get to the bottom of the seam, it’s all akimbo!

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  3. RE: Indiana Jones… a certain Brandy & Monica song comes to mind. I will fight you for him!! Haha!!

    I just saw the Deer & Doe pattern this morning and I’m 50% excited (I love all three of them, which like… never happens. Usually there’s an LT-dud in there, but not this time) and 50% bummed (because I *just* ordered from her last week… grrrr, should’ve waited a few days to save on shipping, oh well!). I can’t wait to see more of these patterns as people start sewing them!

    Also, congrats on the walking foot addition! Girl, it is going to change your life…. or at least your plaid-matching 😉

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    • I’m starting to think that maybe Indy is playing us… but that couldn’t be, could it? It was love, I swear it!!!!!

      Dang– too bad you just ordered! Which patterns did you buy? D&D seriously kills me… the patterns are so cute!

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  4. I actually love the elastic waist on the Reglisse! It’s going to be so awesome come summer time when I just want to throw something on over my head. Definitely some amazing patterns 🙂

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  5. Oooooh. I live under a rock so I hadn’t even heard of Deer and Doe but oh mama, I love Reglisse! I don’t do shorter than knee but obviously that’s an easy change. And I don’t normally like elastic either but I do have one vintage dress with an elastic waist and a belt, so you kind of get the ease of the elastic but no one needs to know. lol I am totally digging that neckline! I think I need that in my summer life.

    And everyone and their brother talks about walking feet, I think may have to break down and get one myself (finally).

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    • Oooh, that’s a good call– slap a belt over the elastic and you’ll look polished and all growed up!

      I keep hearing SO MUCH about how awesome it is to use a walking foot… sure hoping it’s as cool as advertised!

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    • Oh my gosh, I’m with you! I have a horrifying to-make list! On the plus side, I can still kinda justify pattern purchases if I can think of stash fabrics that I’ll use for them… hmmm…

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  6. Ahh, those patterns are so cute! The skirt looks like a simple pleated skirt, but there’s no separate waistband; interesting style lines! the top with cut out triangles is superrr cute. and i want that dress (x

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  7. i am also in love with the new deer and doe collection! before i could blink, i had already ordered the datura and the chardon. i also secretly love that she is in france and me in sweden, wich means i should get those patterns before the laurel i ordered last week! (and that she has reasonable shipping prices, even to outside of europe. don’t get me started on colette patterns shipping rates)

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    • Heeheehee, I’m glad that the shipping is quick and easy for you! Meanwhile I’ll be checking the mailbox every night like a kid before Christmas! I do buy PDFs of the Colette patterns because I don’t actually mind putting them together (it gives me an excuse to spend an evening watching TV, haha) and it saves me a few bucks. 🙂

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  8. I feel so good about being a cheapskate nerd and waiting for a weak Euro and Deer and Doe’s new pattern release.

    You’re so spot-on about the elastic waist. And yet! I am totally willing to risk looking like a six year old.

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    • Oh my gah, I love the idea of you feverishly reading the Wall Street Journal to figure out when the euro is weak… to buy French sewing patterns. You’re my heroine!

      I look like a little kid most of the time, so I do what I can to not DRESS like one. But this is too cute– I don’t know if I can resist for much longer!

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  9. Hoorah for a new job that allows for precious sewing time! I couldn’t resist temptation this morning, and bought the top, skirt and 3/4 sleeve top (Arielle?). The patterns are just too cute! Well, it is payday… But there goes my sewing budget for the month! Intruiged by the pattern you tested … I hope it is dumb and ugly, because I can’t buy any more patterns – when will I sew them all?

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    • Thanks, girl! I’m SO excited! These will all be so cute on you– can’t wait to see them! I STILL need to make the Moss Mini! Your second version reminded me that I so desperately need one in my life!

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  10. I LOVE these patterns! I’ll definitely be buying the blouse soon. I’m waiting for the Belladone dress to get back in stock so I can order them at once. Can’t wait to see the pattern that you tested!! If only I could buy time along with all of these new patterns so I can actually make them….

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    • I’m so with you– if I could just have more time! Oh, wait, I’ll have a little more time from the new job… just less money! Oh well, you win some, you lose some! Haha!

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  11. They are adorable! Lovec the dress (I was thinking belt loops over the elastic waist too) and the skirt. I didn’t love the top but it is growing on me- that ne kline with thecutouts! Gah! My sewing queue!

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  12. Oh man you are definitely right, that Chardon skirt is making my heart go pitter patter REALLY badly.
    I’m excited to see your secret pattern-testing project! And to have you back to blogging a bit in general! It’s always so nice to get your lovely updates in my inbox.

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    • You are too sweet! I miss hanging out with you guys (virtually) when I’m too busy!

      The Chardon skirt would look so sweet on you! As would the pattern I tested… mwahahahahahaha!

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  13. Love the patterns – LOVE the top.
    I’ve got a walking foot… never used it. It came with my machine. It’s the only foot I haven’t tried. Pathetic yes?
    Off to Lobdon soon! I’ve got a quick Paris trip in there too and a long weekend in Madrid. YES!!

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  14. Hahaha you are so funny! I am SUPER EXCITED for whatever super-secret-squirrel pattern you are discussing, and please do a review on your walking foot! I’ve heard rumours about how amazing they are and wondering if I should invest. Oh, and HOORAY for normal work hours! x

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    • Oooh ooh I’ll definitely give you guys the scoop on the walking foot! I’m a little intimidated– they seem complicated and strange!

      Thanks for the congrats– I’m SO excited to have more time to sew. Although I’ll have to start cooking again… you’ll have to share some good recipes with me because I’m totally out of practice!

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  15. I love it love it love it. Every single one of them. I may or may not have ordered the skirt and dress within 5 minutes of receiving her email this morning…….!

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  16. New office job? Awesome! I bet you are loving a regular work schedule. I am soooooo tempted to get two of the Deer & Doe patterns. So. Tempted. But I:m going t be a boring good girl for now because with another move in the horizon I really don’t need them. Or do I? Oh, and you’re gonna love that walking foot. I never take mine off my machine anymore.

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  17. I adore the new Deer & Doe patterns…I must have the top and dress asap! Good to have you back by the way and I’ll be interested to see if the secret pattern you’re testing is the one I think it is ;o)

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  18. You are such an enabler (in a good way). I may or may not have just clicked “buy” on all the new patterns except the skirt…and a few older ones too. Oops!

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  19. I AM FREAKING OUT OVER THOSE PATTERNS!! Like, I’m buying that tank asap. It is perfect. I would wear it everyday.

    You’ve been busy! Congrats on the walking foot and office job. I’m excited to see the secret pattern too.

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      • Oooh, Dear & Doe is such an awesome pattern maker, I love everything about getting one in the mail: the beautiful packaging, careful instructions, lovely notes of thanks and–of course!–all the anticipation of opening, reading, planning, cutting, sewing!

        Early yesterday I ordered the skirt and tank to add to my d&d dress collection. Can’t wait to try them out–already sorting through fabric!!

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  20. I’m not meany to be buying new patterns either but I’ve instantly fallen in love with that blouse!
    I’m also slightly desperate to get my hands on the sewaholic robson coat but I’ve already got at least 3 other sewaholic patterns on my want list too, what is tasia doing to me?! I can’t keep up!

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    • Oooh, the Robson pattern is just too perfect (and less than a week before it was released, I was digging around through the BMV site looking for a trench pattern– great timing, Tasia!). But I’m putting my foot down and holding off on that one until the fall at least because I’ve had the Minoru jacket pattern for a while and haven’t made it up yet.

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  21. Oooh new patterns!!! The neckline of the Datura is gorgeous! There are just too many good patterns out right now! I need to put some blinders on and start dealing with the pile I’ve already got sitting in my sewing room! I can’t wait to find out more about ‘Tried and True’ love me some blogger collaborations!

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    • I know! I can’t keep up with the patterns I have! I wish everyone would just STOP designing cool stuff for a few months so I can work through all my patterns!

      Kelli is the coolest– I love her Tried & True idea! I’m excited to see the patterns that other people love!

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  22. That weekend was SO super fun!!! We need another meet-up STAT! I need an Indiana fix. And I’d like to see you guys, too ;o)

    Also, I LOVE those new patterns! I think I might break down and add a few D&D to my collection.

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  23. Very cute dresses!! And, yes I read about your sewing adventure meet-up, looked like a lot of fun! Kitty says to say ‘hello, sir’ to Indiana Jones! He’s quite a cutie pie.

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  24. WOW!!! I have been out of action for the last few weeks and have only just crept back to the bloggersphere- this is such a lovely post to come back to! Those patterns are just gorgeous, thanks so much for sharing! I am going to Paris in May so that’s a good enough excuse to buy all three right?! Hehe!
    I was totally not keen on elastic waists myself but I put one in my hello Autumn dress just to avoid using darts or seams in the silk and it was so comfy I have grown to like them. I did add a little tie- belt to mine to lessen the elasticated appearance so you could always do that!? x

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    • Paris in May?! That sounds beyond lovely! You definitely need all three patterns! 😉 I love the idea of a tie belt to cover the elastic waist– that’s a great idea! Thanks, girl!

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