I seem to have developed an obsession for stag prints, I think its because I'm really loving the autumn/fall season this year (even though its only just started).
I couldn't resist buying the Michael Miller stag fabric when I saw it in my local store, the colours are just amazing! So, I just needed a simple top/dress to make from it.
I had seen a few reviews of the Papercut Flutter Blouse pattern, it isn't my normal style as its very loose fitting and quite boxy, and I normally go for fitted 50's style dresses, but I thought it would be perfect for the stag fabric.
Its a beginner level pattern and has no really difficult techniques or fastenings, it is simply a dress front, back and sleeve, the dress front has simple darts to give it a little shape, but its supposed to be boxy shaped.
The Papercut Flutter Blouse instructions are clear, the only thing that seems to be missing (that I think is essential) is to stay stitch the neckline, I'd strongly recommend that you do this to stop the neck from pulling out of shape when you attach the bias binding.
I made the tunic version as I wanted a cute dress, I did lengthen it by 1" as it seemed quite short on the pictures that I had seen, but as I put it together I found that it wasn't really required.
I used brown corduroy bias binding to edge the neck, this contrasts lovely and gives it even more of an autumn feel.
I was especially pleased with the pattern matching down the back seam, only the last stag is out a little (shhhhh I won't tell if you don't!).
How cute are the sleeves on this dress!! I don't normally rock a bell sleeve but I love these!!
I'm really pleased with how the Papercut Flutter Blouse turned out! It will take some getting used to for me to wear a loose fitting dress but what better way than with a stag dress! I may make the size smaller next time to make it not quite so wide.
I did also make a self fabric tie belt for when I wanted the dress to be a little bit more fitted, this just pinches it in a little at the waist.
I would definitely recommend the Papercut Flutter Blouse / Tunic pattern and also the Michael Miller Stag fabric! and together they are perfect!
I also had enough fabric left to make a sweet little girls dress for the shop!
What are you making for autumn/fall?