Reglisse Dress AKA 50 shades of meh dress


This dress was made at the recent (hmm ok not so recent, it was June) Sewaway weekend in Melbourne. In my defence of the lateness of my post, it has been pretty cold (for me) lately and I really did want to photo this without the cardi & tights that is normally a staple at this time of year. Plus it’s too dark when I get home to take pics and the first thing I’m thinking about when I get home is dinner!!

The pattern is the Deer & Doe Reglisse.  The dress has a bias cut bodice with cap sleeves and a three quarter circle skirt.


The dress went together very easily and I am really happy with the fit straight out of the envelope.  I figured with the bodice being on the bias might mean I could avoid an FBA – I think I can get away with this as there is no obvious pulling. I used a supposed rayon from my stash bought a couple of years ago in London, I am pretty sure this is a cotton though, it just doesn’t have the drape that it should.


What to say about this pattern? Well I like it, but I don’t love it.  I feel like it is perhaps a bit boxy and like the cap sleeves make me look a little broader. I’m not fishing for compliments, believe me, just being honest.  I still wear it and of course love the polka dots, but I just don’t love the shape on me.

I’m also not the biggest fan of the elasticated waist. Normally I love an elastic waist for comfort, but the pattern calls for 1 1/16″ elastic so this is fairly wide and sits kind of loose.  I would suggest altering this otherwise a belt feels necessary all the time.

The waist casing sits funny, but a belt sure fixes this!


  • bodice shape and the flared skirt
  • polka dots!!
  • easy to construct


  • the width of the elastic & casing – too frumpy like
  • the ties are too short to tie in a bow like the pattern envelope indicates
  • the cap sleeves?? I might play around and see if I prefer it sleeveless
  • it would be better with pockets, cos all garments should have pockets!
Apparently I’m falling over in this one!

So there you go, my mediocre Reglisse dress. Have you made anything a little meh lately? You know, nothing glaringly awful, that you’re just not feeling?

22 thoughts on “Reglisse Dress AKA 50 shades of meh dress

  1. I think you are right about the cap sleeves. If you went sleeveless or 3/4 sleeves then it would look more balanced. And i don’t care much for the neckline on you, either. But the dress is nicely made and the color is very classy. And polka dots are very trendy. Maybe if you were to pair it with a short red cardi when the weather is cooler you would like it better. I can’t believe the pattern doesn’t have pockets! Do these designers know nothing?!! If more women’s garments had pockets we could all give up carrying 5 pound purses and ruining our posture.

    PS, love the post title. 🙂

    1. I am in the process of having a play, I definitely have more favourite patterns! It does work well with tights and a cardi though. Agree on the pockets though, they should be mandatory!

  2. Hmmm, I think this sucker needs to lose the sleeves and have a more fitted waist. The fabric is super cute and I like the fit and flare but something is missing… Bonus points for the best side eye ever in the last photo!

    1. The waist is pretty fitted with the elastic, but it is kinda blousey in a bad way, agree it’s just not my finest moment 🙂 PS – not sure what I was spying with the side eye!

  3. Well, I don’t think it is particularly “meh”, but I like the suggestion of 3/4 sleeves (or sleeveless – which I cannot do). The polka dots always elevate….and it looks great with the red belt! I think it’s a pretty dress.

  4. Ha well you can definitely tell you aren’t feeling it in that last photo! I agree with you on the sleeves. Maybe hack them off and add in some fitted sleeves. A 3/4 sleeve maybe? It has the potential to be a really nice dress and I am especially loving that red belt with it.

  5. If you don’t feel it, you just don’t feel it. If I’m not in love then I either ditch it it layer it up so the things that annoy me aren’t so obvious.
    With the elastic, I sewed narrower channels in my Eliana dress waist and used a couple of pieces of elastic – made the waist look much better.

  6. I just found your blog through the Curvy Sewing Collective newsletter and am really glad I did. It seems we are similar in height and shortness of upper torso. I’m so glad to see you solve the ensuing problems with flair. I’m looking forward to trying some of the same dresses you have as my work wardrobe needs a lot of work!

  7. funny, I clicked over from the month overview on CSC because I thought how nice it looks on you and wanted your take on the pattern. I can agree with the comments yo have made about the sleeves and waist. I thought the neck was intended to hang. Of course polka dots fixes everything 😉

    1. The pattern envelope has the ties in a bow and it is decribed as having a pussy bow but I can attest that it sits terribly as the bow is just too small and awkward looking. Agree that polka dots make everything better!!

  8. I don’t know what you mean about the “meh” – I think it looks great. I also clicked over because this stood out in the CSC round-up and I liked how the dress looked, even though it hadn’t ever stood out to me before on the Deer & Doe website. This makes me think I might try it! I really like the cap sleeves, too.

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