Well, August is going swimmingly! What, with the wonderful Sewing Weekender in Cambridge last weekend — which was absolutely brilliant, check out Gabby’s fabulous vlog about it — and this, my third make, in the form of Deer and Doe’s Mélilot Shirt. I used some wonderful Atelier Brunette Blossom Shell viscose I had leftover from a previous make. She’s a bright and breezy beaut! Let me tell you more about her.
As I mentioned, this is Atelier Brunette Blossom Shell viscose, from Fabric Godmother, which I had leftover from a By Hand London Flora dress. That dress has become my favourite at the moment because of the perfect marriage of pattern and fabric. Atelier Brunette fabric is truly worth the price.
Sizing and cutting
I cut a size 36 at the bust and waist, and graded out to a size 40 at the hips.
Fitting and alterations
None. Zilch. Nada! I know, damn happy with that.
Deer and Doe instructions have all of the necessary information in the instructions but they certainly don’t hold your hand through every single step. I like that! Plus, it makes the instructions shorter which is a good psychological motivator for finishing!
One thing I did miss was having a pattern piece for interfacing the button band. It’s pure laziness but I like to have pieces for everything I’m going to cut. I’ve now made myself a pattern piece for next time which is no big deal, it just would’ve been nice to have it. Or at least, it to be mentioned at the layplans stage (and not when I get to that pattern piece in the instructions) as I like to cut everything out in one go, at the beginning, and not go backwards and forwards. Hopefully that’s not just me?
French seams: As per the pattern instructions, all of the side and shoulder seams are French seamed.
Hem, collar and cuffs: the hem is double folded and edge stitched. The collar and cuffs have all raw seams enclosed are also edge stitched.
Snaps: Snaps are back, back again. I told you I would not be defeated by these! And so added them instead of buttons.
Love ‘er. I mean, how can I not?! She fit straight out the packet, is in a fabric I adore and she was an absolute pleasure to sew. Whilst the fit is certainly relaxed, I’m wondering if she’s still a little oversized in the sleeve/shoulder/underarm area? Perhaps I could cut a small size here, what do you think?
Another little secret something which I hope to share with you all soon, finishing off my NL 6346 (they extended the deadline from end of August to end of September, and I need to sew buttonholes…) and Gingers! Yup, I cut them out so hopefully they’ll get sewn up soon.
Don’t forget, there’s still time to enter my giveaway to win a copy of The Great British Sewing Bee book, From Stitch to Style.
What are you sewing? Have you made a Mélilot?