The secret garden airelle dress

Pattern: Deer & Doe Airelle blouse made into a dress
Fabric:  All cotton bought locally. I’m lucky to have a few fabric shops around me.
Size and Alteration: Size 38 without fitting alterations. I only lengthen the blouse in a slightly A line shape. The sleeves were cut like the  colette macaroon, with a slighly tulip shape and I used self drafted facings. The ties are placed above the waist for an empire dress look to avoid the crispness and the excess fabric to make me look bigger.
I made it  like a dress to show my students how versitile this pattern is. Oh my, I cannot wait to share how exciting was to teach this blouse at the Village Haberdashery. The best was recieve lovely emails from my students after the class. I’m teaching this blouse September 21th. Are you coming?
There is nothing I havent said about this pattern already: here & here.
I have to confess that feels so is strange to wear something that loose fitting and boxy. I like this pattern better as a blouse so I can wear with skynny jeans, however this dress is very adorable and looks very pretty inside.


  • It’s so beautiful Rachel and you can totally carry off the style, so don’t worry about that! Can’t wait to hear all about your teaching experiences ;o)

  • That’s a gorgeous combination, hun! Sweet without being to cutesy 🙂

  • gorgeous. that colour is amazing on you and i love the fabric combo and the peek of green under the collar!

  • This is such a gorgeous combination of fabrics and great mod of the Airelle blouse! I love the touch of green under the collar too. I don’t think this looks boxy at all – it’s a great style on you!

  • Looks lovely on you 😉

  • Looks lovely on you 😉

  • A very cute dress! (Though I had the same thought – I am used to seeing you in more fitted things, but it’s very cute.)

  • This is so cute on you! I love it! It doesn’t look boxy or shapeless at all– nothing does on you! 🙂

  • The dress is really adorable. I bet it’s nice to wear something breezy in the heat. And, It probably works well over swimwear also, being that it’s a nice light, loose fitting cotton.

  • I love the secret green under collar!

  • Sam

    It may not be your usual style, but it looks good on you.

  • Beautiful!

  • Oooo it looks so sweet on you! You totally carry it off

  • lindo….assenta muito bem em você….


  • I love the fabric and the little hint of green under the collar is perfect. It doesn’t look boxy in any way with the empire line ties give it a really good shape. Another great make 🙂

  • It looks awesome! I have this pattern too and I’m totally convinced to give the dress a try… I’m still a bit nervous about big changes to the pattern, though. But I gotta say: it doesn’t look boxy at all!

  • Kim

    Beautiful dress! It does look great on you, even if it is not a shape you would usually wear.. I think it is very flattering 🙂

  • A different style to your usual look, but in a good way! Love your fabric/colour combinations – spot on as always…J

  • Great idea to make it into a dress. I have this pattern and can’t wait to make it.

  • great mix of flowers and dots — and the lime green under-collar is sealing the deal! Giving me ideas about transforming patterns, thank you!

  • It’s great to see how you have turned the blouse into a dress! The fabric is so pretty and I think the style works on you too. Hugs! x

  • Lovely! This deep red is stunning on you.

  • What a great idea! I love the drawstring belt and red is definitely your colour! Hope you’re having lots of fun at home 🙂

  • What a great idea! I love the drawstring belt and red is definitely your colour! Hope you’re having lots of fun at home 🙂

  • What a gorgeous interpretation of the Airelle blouse. I love the fabrics you chose. Red really suits you:)

  • So elegant! A true dress for a lady. Nice job!

  • L

    Very pretty. I like the contrast collar.

  • L

    Very pretty. I like the contrast collar.

  • This looks lovely. I always have trouble fitting the neck of the airelle, it always comes out slightly wonky & a little baggy. This dress inspires me to keep trying.