The Melilot

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Another day, another blouse.

This time a Melilot shirt by Deer and Doe.

I’ve just received the latest Next catalogue and there was an image of a whole row of Melilot type shirts in beautiful colours. I recognised the pattern straight away, having had the pattern for a while, got to work.

I used a lightly woven poly blend ( I think) deadstock, slightly faulty, fabric from brick and mortar shop, Waltons in Goldthorpe. I was told it was ex Zara. I think it was just £3/m!!!!

I choose view B. A casual shirt with drop shoulders and cuffed short sleeves and a mandarin collar. This is super fast to make up.

The covered button placket is useful when you are working with a limited button selection!

My husband is working from home at the moment so I am wondering if he may not miss a few buttons off his work shirts!!

It is so lovely to wear on warmer days in the office I have a few more in plain viscose jewel colours planned.

I made it up full length. My, it was long!!!!

The pattern has a curved hem and advises you to hem before you sew up the sides. Don’t do this if you have pesky material that grows as you handle it!! Unfortunately, I ended up with the fronts at different lengths.

I couldn’t bear to redo the curved hem again, so I cheated and cut it straight across, removing 2 inches at the front and more at the back and just re hemmed it straight.

It is still a decent length to tuck in!

Next time I will cut it out even shorter, with a straight hem and incorporate a slit either side, to wear it out, not tucked in.

It’s another winner!!!

Love, Lucie xx


  1. Another great make. It is tricky when making things at present if you are short of things like buttons. When I was making masks I was a bit short of coloured coltton, buttons and elastic. Though I do have enough to make another couple of the masks.

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  2. This looks fab! I feel I am on the same page as you lately as I too have been making shirts (still on a mission to find the “perfect” shirts – the perfect fitted shirt and the perfect looser shirt)… I’ve just toiled a Melilot to check fit and darts (having bought the silk shirt kit from ClothSpot) and now to make a wearable toile with plans to make into a dress at some point or add on a proper skirt to make a SOI Florence/Melilot hybrid! And obviously to make it in the silk I was sent too… So many plans, so little time…!

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