Pattern Reviews

The Shirt Search

I bought this stunning silk from Sew Over It a few weeks ago, but decided (for once!) that I wouldn’t rush straight into it and instead find THE perfect shirt/blouse pattern for it.

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I’d already made the short-sleeve version of the Deer and Doe Melilot Shirt, which I’d purchased as a kit from the lovely Lauren of Guthrie & Ghani at The Great British Sewing Bee Live. The fabric is their fabulous Botanical Garden Cotton Lawn.  I made a size 40, but graded it to a 38 at the waist, to give a bit more shaping there. It sewed up a dream with French Seams to keep everything neat, and I particularly love the sleeves, as there’s no easing required! It has a gorgeous curved hem, which I drafted a facing for, as I know it’s tricky to hem curves.

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It’s great to be worn tucked in or left out and, although it’s a bit chilly for it right now, it’s going to be lovely to wear in the summer. Here are a few pics of it finished…

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As much as I love this blouse, I felt that I might like a half-length placket at the front for my silk blouse, and I came across the Itch to Stitch Mila Shirt. So, rather than cutting straight into my silk, I was very good and made a wearable toile with some cotton-linen I had in my stash from Fabworks. I made a size 2C graded to a 0 at the waist (I’m 37”,28”,38” and 28GG for reference). It has a front and back yoke that’s constructed using the Burito method – which always scares me! – but thanks to the clear instructions it turned out as it should. The construction of the rest of the shirt was pretty straight-forward, even though there were LOADS of pieces to the pattern, and the folding and making of the front placket was a really good learning curve.

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I’m really pleased with the shirt… but it’s a much more relaxed fit than I’m used to and I feel it hides my waist, so it’s not really what I was looking for for my silk. That said, it’ll be great for casual days or for layering under a jumper.

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I then did a full circle back to the Melilot, seeing as I loved the fit so much, and thought I’d have a go at the long-sleeve version with some simple white cotton lawn I’d got from Fabworks. The sleeves are brilliant on this pattern! They have a lovely detail at the cuffs with pleats and small placket (interesting construction and another new skill learned – bonus!) but aren’t overly fussy and, again, there’s no easing required! I also like how it good it looks done right up to the collar, so it gives options of making it look smarter or more casual.

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So that was my decision made: A long sleeve Melilot Shirt in my beautiful Sew Over It silk, with a faced hem… and I’m not afraid to say that I absolutely LOVE how it’s turned out!

Here’s a close-up of the cuffs, just ‘cos they were fiddly and I’m a bit chuffed with them…!

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I wore it out for a meal last night, with some Boden trousers, to celebrate our eldest niece’s 21st birthday – Happy Birthday, Boo! – and it was so comfy and received some lovely compliments.

Anyway, I won’t babble on any more, I’ll just share a few photos of it tucked in and left out, and with my usual ‘hand on hip’ posing efforts!17

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2 thoughts on “The Shirt Search

  1. Absolutely love your botanical lawn shirt, it looks fabulous! Very interested to see your finished silk shirt, as I have some of this beautiful fabric, but have been a bit reluctant to cut into it! Your shirt looks gorgeous; I love the fitted style and the cuff detail – fantastic make!

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    1. Thank you. It’s certainly been interesting working on the different patterns and with different fabrics. Hope you find the perfect project for your silk, it really is beautiful, isnt it.

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