Bruyere Shirt from Deer & Doe in collaboration with Art Gallery

deeranddoebruyereshirtsewing13Art Gallery invited me to share a project using Sew Caroline’s Happy home collection. This collection is inspired by friends and family. Loving hearts, swirling typography and many more are sweetly colored with spruce greens, mood indigos, peach buds and crystal roses. I choose “to live by peace” as I immediately imagined a Moschino inspired outfit. moschinosintpreidshirtI have been using Art Gallery fabric forever so I’m actually really excited to collaborate with them. I received 2 fabrics of my choice, each of 2 metres to play. Plenty right?

Well, when you are 6 ft tall & you want to lengthen a shirt pattern while keeping the longs sleeves…

You get the picture right? After some fabric gymnastics only the back facing is cut using white cotton fabric.

deeranddoebruyereshirtsewing23Deer & Doe Bruyere: Button-up shirt with long sleeves, cinched at the waist, tunic length. Flat collar, gathered sleeve cuffs and back yoke. Currently my favourite shirt pattern.  I found this pattern easy and a really enjoyable SEW. I did follow the instructions to the letter and I love the result.deeranddoebruyereshirtsewing39

The instructions are brief; mixture of text and illustrations. The pattern has a neat finishing and you can sew all in french seam (which I did). If you have made shirts before you will find some constructions differences from traditional shirt patterns. For example, the collar it is only one-piece finished facing.


The sleeve placket is only one piece (similar to the Dakota dress) and the button placket gets sandwiched with the collar and facing. All so neat and awesome. I would say this is an intermediate pattern.


My first ‘button’ choice, black and white stripe shirt buttons were so tiny it would have require me to sew 27 buttonholes. No, thank you! I chickened out and found larger ones making a total of 17. The one at the collar has a heart shape (also inspired by Moschino)


Patterns deeds:


This shirt was made size 40

Alterations:Lowered the darts position and lengthened the pattern.

skirtdreyailYou can see in the schematics where I lengthen the pattern. The bodice was lengthen by a total of 6 cm and the skirt by 10 cm. The button placket was lengthen to match. The sleeve was lengthen by 3 cm.  The overall body length is still too short as a dress but perfect for leggings. I can imagine wearing this shirt nicely into Autumn/Winter. The fit is spot on. The alterations were simple but really turned the bruyere shirt into a TNT pattern from now on.


I’m completely in love by shirt making and plan to sew loads more after a few commitments. Haven’t you heard? I’m co-hosting a Sew along.


If you enjoyed this make you will like my Tyler Shirt. Do you have a favourite shirt pattern?

  • Margo

    Gorgeous shirt! I don’t blame you for choosing different buttons…even 17 is enough!! A few more centimeters to the length and it would be a sweet dress as well. So nice!

  • Adorable shirt and fabric.. Love it, And it looks great on you.. Happy sewing.

  • Janet

    Love this one! Fabric is amazing. Thanks for sharing

  • I love this pattern and have made it twice, there will be more,

  • stitchedupsam

    This is fabulous Rachel! Very Moschino… I love the heart button at the top.

  • its a fabulous shirt and the fabric works perfectly!

  • Hélène

    I made a Bruyère shirt last fall and I agree with you: this pattern is amazing. I also had to lower the bust darts and adjust the length, but besides these little tweaks, everything fell perfectly. Plus, the slim waist and peplum look so good with leggings. I love your version and styling!

  • Nicely done! I like the fabric!

  • What a fun outfit. Great fabric choice and I love your shoes too. I’m making something from D&D and I think their instructions and drafting are ace.

  • This is a gorgeous shirt, love the fabric.

  • Probably the most stylish version of this shirt I have seen Rachel. Very nice.

  • This is so striking and it really suits you.

  • Love Moschino and adore your shirt! I can completely see your inspiration and would even believe this was a Moschino top.

  • Definitely adding length for the perfect fall dress! Fabric is amazing, love it!

  • I am totally smitten by this skirt. It is edgy!

  • This is so gorgeous! I love that the print is so modern but also sweet. Perfect pattern + fabric combo!

  • Fantastic shirt! So useful, and juuust different enough from plain vanilla shirts to make it fun to sew and wear. I’m very tall also and will be trying this pattern. Great print. Well done.