Hello everyone!

This month I chose to make a shirt for my Minerva Crafts Blogger Network project. The pattern was not hard to chose as it was already on my To Do list – Melilot Shirt by Deer and Doe. It was a different story with the fabric. Took me ages to do decide what fabric to use. I mean, so much pretty fabric to look at online in theMinerva Crafts shop. In the end, I chose a sparkly fabric, as I fancied a bit of sparkle in my wardrobe. I think the Metallic Cotton Fabric was perfect for my top. As for the buttons, I just fancied some metal buttons to go with my shirt and so I chose these Celtic Knot Buttons.

Through experience and a few ruined projects, I’ve learnt that it’s best to take the time to do some prep work and not rush straight into sewing my projects. Therefore, before you cut into your fabric, it’s a good idea to wash your fabric as you would the finish garment. Then trace any markings onto your fabric using the method that works best for you. I use a combination of marking methods (thread, water erasable pen, Frixon pens or chalk). And always, stay stitch your necklines (I do this by using iron on bias tape – it is faster than sewing a stitching line in the seam allowance).

I really enjoy the paper versions of Deer and Doe patterns. The pattern is printed on quite a sturdy paper and the instructions come in 2 booklets (one in French and one in English); they are carefully made so that they are easy to follow (with different section giving tips: before you begin, cut out layouts and instructions on how to make the project). The instructions are a combination of words and diagrams. If you know what you are doing and only wish to follow the steps in the same order as on the patter, the diagrams are sufficient.

For my shirt I decided to add only one pocket, for a bit of a change. I’ll never put anything into that pocket anyway. I used one of the buttons on it, so it does not get lost in the shirt.

Although I interfaced the area where the buttons go, I found out while I was testing buttonholes on a fabric scrap that this was not sufficient, so I used embroidery wash out stabiliser to make sure the fabric does not get chewed up.

I am so happy with how the collar turned out. I think I am in love with rounded collars now. It’s was so easy to make, no corners to think about.

I am happy with the fit of the shirt. I think it’s fun and versatile.

I find the back of this shirt a bit too long on me. This is purely because I was too lazy to shorten it in the first place.

I like that I can wear with both trousers and skirts, tucked in or not. I can even dress it up or down. I wouldn’t put it past me to go out on a night out using this shirt in my outfit. It is sparkly after all.

Reading reviews of the shirt some people complained that the short sleeve band/cuff sticks out. However, by looking at the samples used by the designer, I got the same look. The technical drawing, doesn’t quite show this (it’s very subtle) so one can be confused when it sticks out and they did not expect it.

I love my new shirt. Originally I wanted to make the long sleeve version, but I changed my mine due the recent sunny spell. Doesn’t happen very often to get such good weather for such a long time. So, I’m enjoying wearing my new shirt with short sleeves. And did I mention the fabric, it not only looks good, but it’s soft against the skin.

And it might not be a surprise to you, but I do want to make this shirt again with long sleeves. Another project to go on my To Do list. Will I ever manage to make everything on my ever growing list?

Sewing Summary:

Pattern: Melilot Shirt by Deer and Doe

Fabric: 2 m Metallic Print Fine Cotton Dress Fabric

Notions: 12 Metal Buttons (only needed to use 8 with my shirt)

Sewing time: approx 4-5h (including tracing the pattern)

Modifications: I made size 38 and graded out to size 40 at the bust.

Fit: the shirt fits fine.

Difficulty: intermediate

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?: yes

Watch out for: if making the short sleeve version and do not like for the cuff to stick out, consider lengthening the sleeve a little to make the cuff sit horizontally

Make Again?: For sure. I will consider shortening it by about 3-4 cm.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post. And please do share your makes on Instagram/Twitter by tagging @MinervaCrafts or using the hashtag #MinervaMakes. I’d love to see what you create.


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