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Shawna's Magnolia Dress by Deer and Doe

Writing about a fancy dress feels a little strange considering the state the world is in right now with the effects of Covid-19…but I made this as a birthday dress and I think it’s worth sharing!

Shawna standing in front of a store front wearing a long navy flowy dress looking off over her shoulder to the left smiling.

Pattern: Magnolia Dress by Deer and Doe
Fabric: She Rayon in Navy designed by Alexia Marcelle Abegg for Ruby Star Society.  
Size Made: 52
Modifications: Shortened by 3" and didn’t include tie at waist

Shawna standing in front of a store front wearing a navy flowy dress.  Shawna is facing the camera smiling, photograph is waist up to showcase the neckline of the dress.

This dress looks challenging but it has simple sections that come together easily. The mock-wrap neckline is explained clearly in the pattern and self-lined creating a comfortable and professional looking finish. The long skirt is simple to complete and has a great trick for sewing a long side slit so it finishes flat and even. The most intimidating part might be the invisible zipper, but with an invisible zipper foot, it turns out perfect!

Shawna walking on a city sidewalk in front of a building.  Shawna is wearing a long navy flowy dress, that is blowing in the breeze.

Pairing this pattern with any beautiful rayon from Ruby Star Society is a win. The fabric sews like butter and has the most beautiful weight and drape to it. Very glamorous! I’ll be dreaming of a day in the future where I can wear this gorgeous dress somewhere other than my house…

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