Classic White Melilot Shirt
Posted on Friday the 8th September 2017 by Jessalli Handmade
I’m back again with another staple wardrobe piece. This mission of mine to create more everyday pieces is proving harder than I thought;
I saw this geometric matte and shine stretch poly cotton Dressmaking Fabric
and thought it was an interesting fabric to use for a ‘classic white shirt’. I knew I wanted something simple, but thought a little touch of detail could be a good mid-way point to ‘plain’ - aka I’d actually wear it!
The pattern I chose was the Melilot Shirt from Deer and Doe
. It’s a great shape and thought the long sleeve version would be a great staple item. The pattern comes in two styles, with options for pockets, peter pan or mandarin collar, and a button placket.
I chose to keep the example long sleeve shirt with one pocket, rounded collar and button placket as I loved the style of it. It’s a lovely shape too, with the dropped hemline and semi fit.
The pattern was fairly simple to follow, I did struggle however on the placket instructions for the front of the shirt. You do this quite early on and I did have to re-read it a few times to get the gist.
Mistakes? I’m disappointed with my first button hole. I had to move it to make it sit nicely but I had trouble sewing the collar stand so it all looks a bit out of kilter.
I am however please with the little flower button. I mean it really makes it! The fabric is a stretch poly cotton so it’s super soft and extremely comfortable to wear. I will say it’s on the slightly thicker side, so some parts of the pattern, where there are a few layers to sew though, were tricky. Nothing too difficult though.
My sizes did cross over slightly, but instead of combining, I used the opportunity for a less fitted waist to make it in the larger size. And I’m glad I did. It still has a nice shape but it’s comfortable to wear. I’ll definitely wear it with a pair of jeans for a smart, casual, everyday look.
I will definitely make this shirt again, and I’ll try my hardest to get that top button perfect. I think I’ll make it in a floaty, light weight fabric next time. Something to wear when going out, maybe in a Black Double Georgette Fabric
Let me know your thoughts on this. Good luck making your own classic Melilot shirt. My only advice to you is to concentrate on that collar stand and to check the sizing against the neck line before sewing. But remember even if you make a mistake, like I did, it’s still yours. I’m proud of what I’ve made and the imperfections, although annoying, do make it unique.
I’m really looking forward to my next post, it’s a good one! Happy Handmade!