it’s not easy being green

Deer & Doe Bruyere shirtI’ve been eyeing the Deer & Doe Bruyere for quite some time, and I finally got around to trying it out! It took me basically an entire month, both because I had to schedule time to go to my parents’ early on teaching days so my mom could occupy Hobbit while I sewed, and because the cotton voile that I found to use as a wearable muslin was sheer enough that I had to French seam everything. (Except for the armholes, because I have never found a way to make that work.) But I think the effort was worthwhile, because I’m overall happy with how this turned out! Which is nice, since I’ve been feeling pretty meh about my finished projects for some time now.




IMG_3655I did make a couple of changes to the fit. For one, I finally managed a successful FBA! The bust darts will need a little adjusting, because as you can see here, they’re sitting too high. But I’m going to hold off on making that alteration to the pattern until I’m done nursing and can see where they end up when wearing a bra with actual support. (The underwires on my third and final nursing bra fell out about a week ago, so I have literally no options for a decent one now. Nursing bras are a special kind of lingerie hell.) I added a bit of length to the sleeves as usual, and made the bottom the length of the largest size. It’s a change I’m definitely keeping, and I’m looking forward to seeing how it looks with pants that actually fit!

The cream buttons aren’t ideal, but I couldn’t find anything at Joann’s that was a match for the green. So I did the best I could with the options that I had. It’s so nice to have something in such a happy color for the spring!

IMG_3656I’ll admit that there is a part of me that can’t help wondering if this just makes me look huge. The bright white cami underneath doesn’t help that, I’m sure, but I had limited options that are actually wearable right now for me. I’m having a little trouble reconciling myself with my new, bigger size, even though I’d decided long ago to wait to actively try to lose the extra weight until I’m done nursing. Extra calories and all. But at least my older clothes are starting to somewhat fit again, even if they’re leaving me with obvious muffin tops that I didn’t have before. And I do like the style of this shirt very much! I’m thinking a flannel version for this winter would be lovely, though I’m wondering if not plaid might be the best way to go. All of that matching would be a pain with the pleats and waistband! But would a more solid or non-plaid print flannel just look weird? I don’t know.

On a slightly related note, to go back to those nursing bras, I did use some birthday money to buy the basic bra fitting/construction class on Craftsy. I still need to get a supply kit, which has to wait until I can figure out my post-nursing underwire size, but that will be an interesting project for the summer!

16 thoughts on “it’s not easy being green

  1. Looks great. I think the shape is quite flattering but it’s all about how you feel in it. I have a 4 month old and am struggling to find time to sew as well as how to dress during this breastfeeding stage. Its a tricky transition and I’m pretty tired of wearing sweat pants and a tank top. I like that your new top is bf friendly but also stylish.


    1. It is SO hard, finding time to sew with a baby around. Mine is very demanding of attention in general, and won’t nap unless I or someone else holds him. I’m focusing all of my attention right now on things that are nursing friendly, or flexible sizing (knits and elastic waists), since most of my older, more fitted stuff still doesn’t fit. And we’re planning on another kid at some point, so it would all start over again…


  2. Colleen Flanigan

    You did a beautiful job and you look great! I like the buttons -they make a nice contrast. Blessings to you and your little one!


  3. That is a lovely colour on you! I didn’t think it looked huge on you, even when you mentioned it. You first pic is very nice.

    I am making the Bruyere into a dress, sort of as a wearable muslin. Since I have made the Belladone Before I know I need some alterations first, such as lengthening the bodice and FBA and possibly narrowing the upper back. Hopefully it won’t be too hard.


  4. Great color!
    I’d look at Robert Kaufman flannels… some herringbone, and one that has more texture than pattern. AND SO COZY! I bought a blue that will be a secret pajamas Christmas dress for when I have to preach Christmas Sunday next year.


  5. Gorgeous color! And the fit looks really great!

    I don’t think anything that looks like it has good fit can ever make you look huge, but it might be a tad long, especially at center front. Finding that sweet spot for a shirt hem is always a bit tricky, but it makes a big difference when you get it just right. It took me years of trial and error to find the best hem length for myself and it’s in a different spot depending on the style pants I’m wearing with it. I have a “low hip curve” (which sounds so much better than “saddlebags”!) so I find that just a slightly longer center front hem works better with skinny jeans but I have to be careful not to go past a certain point or I look really hippy. And I tend to keep the back hem shorter than the front no matter what.


  6. Fantastic colour and a great fit! I think its very flattering so don’t worry!. I love the Bruyere pattern- its a bit different from your average shirt! I just made one myself and am almost finished with a dress one!


    1. Thank you! I wish I had some better layers underneath to accommodate the sheerness, but I can work on that. I definitely want to make this pattern again, though.


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