There’s something about a button up shirt sewn in silky fabric that really adds a touch of femininity. My second Melilot will be a great new staple for my fall wardrobe.
Ok, so I got the fun & quirky vibe nailed with last weeks giraffe print Melilot. But I wanted to try this top in both views, so I opted for a solid color with the long sleeve version. The pattern as you know is the Deer & Doe Melilot. Which is quickly becoming a new favorite of mine. I wouldn’t say it replaces the Archer, because I think the two have very distinct differences. Where the Archer is a more classic, menswear type fit. The Melilot is a more feminine and trendy shape. I wouldn’t sew this up in a crisp fabric, it screams to be made up in something light and draped.
This green crepe de chine has been in my stash forever! I got it when I was still studying in FIT, for one of my first ever classes in draping (because, hello it drapes beautifully!) I ended up using the base of my project in that class to make this dress that I sadly no longer wear because it has an unfortunate stain right on the chest that I can’t get out. I’ve had plenty left but I just couldn’t decide what to do with it. I’m so glad I saved it because I think it looks amazing in this pattern (and feels amazing too!) I love love love the richness of this mossy-green color.
For this version, I decided to do the open placket for a more traditional look. The hidden placket I think is great for prints, which is why I chose it for my giraffe top. I also did the single breast pocket instead of both sides. A lot of these decisions stemmed from the fact that I just BARELY had enough fabric to squeeze this out. I even had to cut my cuff lining in a contrast fabric because I didn’t have enough (which can be a fun little detail if you are ever in a bind). I kept the peter pan collar because … duh.
This fabric was just so beautiful I had to do french seams to keep it nice. I didn’t make any adjustments to the fit of this top and it fits perfectly. I cut a size 34 (I think – whatever the smallest size is). Typically on a top like this I will have to shorten the sleeves or take in some off the side seams but its absolutely perfect.
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Pattern: Deer & Doe Melilot
Fabric: Green Crepe de Chine from stash
Notions: buttons from stash
Finishes: French Seams
Size Cut: 34 (I think – whatever was the smallest size)
Sew it again? This is definitely going into the go-to arsenal.
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