Deer and Doe Zephyr dress review | Velvet is not just for Christmas

Deer and Doe Zephyr dress review | Velvet is not just for Christmas

Hello again everyone! It feels like forever since I sat down to write a post but it has actually only been a few weeks. That’s January for you… longer than a family of crocodiles doing the conga line.

If you are anything like me you have been living vicariously through other people makes whilst fabric buying is off limits until after payday. As I have been enjoying seeing other peoples posts so much, I thought it was only right to share the dress that saw me through three events over Christmas and has now made its way into my everyday-extra clothing collection.


Enter stage left my Christmas party dress which is well and truly on the velvet bandwagon. I bought the velvet from the man outside Sainsbury’s at Walthamstow market back in September with the intention of making a Megan Nielsen Rowan bodysuit out of it. When I got it home I realised it was a mahoosive piece of fabric as it was extra wide. It seemed a shame to just make it into a top when it would easily be enough for a dress so I went looking through my pattern stash to find the right one. The Deer and Doe Zephyr dress seemed the perfect choice.

The Zephyr is a dress, skirt and top pattern with a princess seamed bodice and 1/2 circle skater skirt. It has v-neck and round-neck options and both the neckline and armholes have a cuff. The top ends at your high waist (so, about an inch above the belly button) which makes it the perfect comfortable-yet-chic Christmas dinner dress. Sadly, it doesn’t have pockets. I did toy with the idea of adding some but I wasn’t sure if it would make the side seams stretch out. Besides, when I am wearing a fancy dress I always have a bag with me so it seemed surplus to requirement.


Dress statistics

Pattern: Deer and Doe Zephyr dress

Fabric: Red velvet from The Man Outside Sainsbury’s in Walthamstow market

Fabric length: 1.5m of extra wide

Size: 40

What I changed

  • I probably did a small bit more topstitching than they said to but the pattern was pretty perfectly suited to what I wanted.

What I’d change if I made it again

  • I’m racking my brains trying to think of something but I genuinely can’t. The neckband doesn’t sit flat against my neck but that is more to do with it being the first time I’ve done that sort of neckline than it needing to change.
  • The shoulders have slightly curved (you can see in the picture below) but I’m not sure why. I think I probably stretched them out slightly when I was sewing them up despite the stay tape so I’d have to be careful not to next time.


I have loved wearing this dress over the last couple of months and I can see it staying in my wardrobe for a long time. Skater dresses may not be the height of fashion at the moment but when a shape is this comfortably chic I honestly do not care. I can definitely see myself making this pattern again, although not for a while as SO MUCH TOPSTITCHING! There are definitely easier and quicker skater dresses out there but if you are in the market for one with a little more pazzaz I cannot recommend this one enough.

The photos in this blog post were all taken in Sketch London which is a super-instagrammable cafe in Mayfair. I went with my friend for her birthday brunch and I wanted to take photos of everything. The gigantic egg are actually toilets! If you like your fancy shmancy brunches and afternoon teas it is worth a visit. Although maybe steer clear of the £15 glasses of champagne…



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