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New Deer & Doe Passiflore Shirt Dress by Abi


I’m so pleased to be dropping by the Lamazi blog with such a vibrant make! I’m Abi from the What Abi Makes blog and YouTube channel or @whatabimakes on Instagram. Today I’m sharing my latest dressmaking project featuring some beautiful rayon fabric from Art Gallery Fabrics.

Art Gallery Fabrics Rayon sewing

I’m reviewing the latest sewing pattern release from Deer & Doe, the Passiflore dress pattern. Passiflore is a belted coat dress with a relaxed fit, with a double breasted style button detail. It’s pretty much a mash up of a wrap dress and a shirt dress, my two favourite styles! I’ve made option B, a knee length, long sleeve version of the dress.

Before I get into the pattern, let's just take a moment to appreciate this truly stunning fabric! My favourite fabric to sew with and wear are rayon/viscose types. So when I saw that this beautiful blue floral print was rayon, I fell in love. I think it has a bit of a 60s vibe and I couldn't get over the colour palette. It's so unlike anything I own but I just thought it would make the loveliest shirt dress and would work well with my hair colour and skin tone. You can tell I may have leaned in to the 1960s secretary vibes I was feeling (and loving!).


Lets get into the pattern… I’d recommend Passiflore for sewists will a little more experience as this pattern showcases lots of different sewing techniques. Including sleeve cuff plackets, sewing a collar and button holes. But this pattern would be a great way to learn if you haven’t tackled those yet. The instructions are clear and the illustrations are helpful too.  

Fit wise, I went by my bust measurement like I usually do. But because the dress is designed to have a relaxed fit, with simple princess seams and no buttons on the actual bust (for the dress version), so the fit for this is actually surprisingly simple. I could have sized down, but with the belt in place, I'm really happy with it.

I think the double breasted style button detail is an interesting design choice. Its something you're used to seeing on trench coats and I didn't know if I was going to like it for a dress. But now I've seen a few more versions on Instagram, it's grown on me. For mine, I raided my stash for buttons and as I'd chosen gold for my D rings on the belt, when I came across these vintage plastic and gold glitter buttons I knew it was meant to be. The perfect combo! As the fabric is so busy, they aren't too noticeable but when they do catch your eye it's a nice surprise.

In hindsight, I would have used a heavier weight interfacing for my belt selection as with just light weight interfacing, the belt feels more like a tie because it doesn't hold it's shape very well or sit flat against my body. Next time I sew a belt I'll be sure to use something sturdier. And yes, I did have to watch a tutorial on how to tie a D ring belt…

Overall, I'm really proud of this dress. I think this pattern and fabric are a match made in sewing heaven. I love the 60s vibes and it feels like it could be a true vintage piece. It's so comfortable to wear and will be perfect for warmer months and but I can definitely see myself pairing this with black tights and a leather jacket for Autumn. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on more Art Gallery rayon fabrics as this was a dream to sew with.

Thanks for reading!


Abi xo

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