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Date: 7/8/13 9:18 PM

I've fallen in love with a bunch of designs from Deer and Doe but I saw on their info page that the patterns are drafted for a C-cup. Since spending some time working on Colette's Truffle, I've become a bit wary of buying patterns that are drafted for figure types drastically different from mine. I searched the current reviews for Deer and Doe on this site and there aren't a lot of them so far, and none of the existing ones mention anything about fitting a less curvy figure, so I'm starting this thread in the hopes of getting some insight from other sewists to see if it would make sense to buy these patterns, versus trying to copy them using a basic pattern that already fits.

tl,dr: Has anyone tried fitting Deer and Doe patterns for an A-cup? How have your experiences been in working with these patterns?

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Date: 7/9/13 8:30 AM

Which designs are you looking at particularly? I have only tried the Réglisse and I'm a B. Based on that I do think you will have to make adjustments - the dart is quite sizable - and certainly for the more fitted designs like Sureau, Bleuet and Belladone. But I don't think that should absolutely prohibit you from buying the patterns. (Just don't buy them all at once!) It's better to learn the fitting skills so you can have any pattern you want. On the other hand, consider carefully and if the same design is available from another company closer to your size then of course save yourself the trouble. Bleuet seems like an obvious candidate for that - it's a straightforward princess seam dress and probably there's a multi-cup size pattern around.
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Date: 7/9/13 9:44 AM

I'm a small B/C cup, but I also had to do tons of adjusting on Colette's Truffle to make it wearable. I've made several patterns from Deer and Doe and been mostly pleased with the fit. The Belladone dress fit me perfectly in the front without a small bust adjustment. The Sureau and Reglisse, having lower necklines and gathering at the bust, had a little too much ease in the front for me, but that can easily be pinched out to your taste. I've also made the Datura blouse, although that style is so loose fitting that you could probably remove the darts all together and be satisfied with the fit.

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Date: 7/9/13 3:05 PM

The ones I want to make the most are Reglisse and Airelle, which are more loose-fitting so on one hand the fit doesn't have to be exact, but on the other hand, I still have a hard time judging the appropriate amount of ease. Airelle isn't too different structurally from Sewaholic Alma, I figure it wouldn't be too hard to just slash the pattern just below the shoulder to draft the yoke, and pivot the underarm dart to the shoulder to create the gathers, but I really like the collar and I'm not confident I have a good enough eye to copy that element.

My biggest concern is that even after I do the fitting, the style might still not look right. With the Colette Truffle, after I moved the darts around and lengthened the bodice and SBA blah blah blah the bodice fit right but the neckline didn't look at all like the picture, and so I had to raise the neckline by about 3/4" to get it to look more like the picture, which kind of defeated the entire point of fitting the Colette pattern instead of just altering the neckline from a fitted bodice dress I already had.
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Date: 7/10/13 6:56 AM

Have you looked at the gallery of reader-submitted Deer & Doe patterns? There are a lot of Airelles. Maybe you can find someone whose figure is similar to yours to see what it looks like on them. (If you don't read French, let me know if there's anything you want translated.)

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Date: 7/10/13 6:49 PM

I was trying to be lazy but I followed your suggestion and went through the addicts gallery I found this sewist who apparently was a tester for the patternmaker and helped her with the English translation for the sewing directions. Her body type seems pretty similar to mine and she does mention an SBA for Datura but it didn't seem to be a big deal. Then I found this blog post on the Deer and Doe blog that had a bunch of pics from their Reglisse sew-along and from reading this blog it seems like the Reglisse also fits slimmer frames without too much hassle.

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Date: 7/11/13 5:56 AM

Roobeedoo made Sureau as well and it seems to have worked out for her.

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