I'm really happy to be back again this month with a favourite pattern in a flowery print - perfect for Spring!

This is the Deer and Doe Melilot Shirt Pattern, which was released last year.

I made about five of these shirts last summer - you can see some of my earlier versions here at notsewsimple. When I was planning what to sew this Spring for the Minerva Blogger Network this pattern was at the top of my list! 

So why do I love it so much? I really like the way that it is casual but still looks pulled together! It isn't too fitted and skims over my stomach and hips but has shaping at the sides and hem so it is a bit more interesting than a t-shirt, or loose boxy top.

You can go all out on the details with collar and hidden placket or keep it simple with just a mandarin collar and regular placket. I wear it with jeans, and skirts and trousers. I wear it at work and at the weekends...

This shirt is made from a lovely tana cotton lawn Liberty Fabric - this is crisp rather than drapey and perfect for lightweight shirts. This print is available in three colours,  but I went for the navy, raspberry and cream because of the way the darker colours stand out against the cream. As you would expect with Liberty, the fabric is a delight to sew - no fraying or shifting about and presses beautifully.

As this is the sixth time I have made this pattern the actual sewing was quite quick! I made version B, with cuffed sleeves, using the collar and hidden placket from View A. I omitted the breast pockets.

The only change I made to the instructions was to make up some bias binding from the leftover fabric and use it to bind the hem. The instructions ask you to just turn the hem under twice but that can be a bit tricky around the tight curves and I found binding works much better.

Hopefully I have now convinced everyone to make a Melilot?

Thanks to Minerva Crafts for all the Liberty loveliness!

Louise