Sunday, 18 March 2018

Tropical Deer and Doe Melilot Shirt

The Deer and Doe Melilot shirt has been on my radar for a while and when I bought the fabric I knew it would a perfect match. The fabric is actually a tablecloth I bought from a 3 for 2 H&M homeware sale last summer. I bought three cotton table cloths resulting in over 6 metres of fabric for £10!


This was a slow and steady make. I made it in small bursts of sewing sessions ranging between 30 minutes to two hours at a time so it is hard to say how long it took in total. The hidden placket and sleeve plackets were the most difficult part of the construction as the minimal instructions left me confused. I had to re-do the hidden placket three times and I know that it is not right as the collar does not sit centrally.

I decided to get my button holes done at DM Buttons in Soho partly due to the fact that last Wednesday I didn't need to be at work until 9am compared to the usual 7.45am which meant I could squeeze in a trip to DM Buttons as soon as they opened at 7.30am. I was the first in the door and the very friendly David sewed my button holes in ten minutes for only £4.00! The finished button holes look very professional and my concerns about sewing through the thicker collar stand was not a concern with DM Buttons amazing machines!

The only thing left to do was stitch on the sage green buttons which I bought from Ray Stitch in Islington.


Now onto a whole bunch of photos of the process of making the Melilot. Be warned!

I cut out three sets of collars to figure out what section of the tropical pattern would work best


Sleeve stand hand-tacked in place ready for turning the right way around and finishing
Finished sleeve stand
Almost finished shirt before sleeve cuffs and button holes
I trimmed down the side seams (I did my usual pattern grading from 8 to 10 on the paper pattern which in hindsight I didn't need to do) as the hips allowance is designed for a curvier lady than me







Considering I have used some fabric from my stash that has been there for over six months I am tagging Kate from @timetosew and @pillar_bear with #makeyourstash!


20 comments:

  1. Looks great! With colours and a print perfect for spring :) Nice find on the fabric front too, looks like you got quite the bargain! x

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    1. Thanks Alex it was a great bargain!

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  2. And you have matching shoes!!! It looks fantastic. What a great way to buy fabric, I had never thought of that. Jo x

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    1. Thanks x Ha, Jo you spotted the shoes! They are bottle green with the most gorgeous blue sole!

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  3. Well I think for a tablecloth looks fantastic and far to good to go on a table

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  4. What a bargain and what a beautiful print! I've had my problems with Deer&Doe instructions too. That being said, I can't see in the pictures that the collar isn't perfectly centered. The shirt looks super neat!

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    1. Cheers Kat. I am happy with the finish of the shirt but the collar unfortunately is a bit wonky! : (

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  5. I love this! It's stunning, and perfect for spring.

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  6. Such a great fabric (I just made a tropical one too ;o) I never wear mine buttoned all the way up (I don't even put the top button/hole in!).

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    1. Thanks - I'm looking forward to seeing your tropical shirt now!

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    1. Thanks Tamsin. I really like it too!

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  8. Wow, this pattern has a whole heap of challenging areas! This is lovely. I was just reading the other day that jungle type prints are all on trend just now so well done you! Do you have more fabulous plans for the rest of the fabric or are you going to use it as a table cloth?

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    1. Thanks Julie - I am in the midst of making another garment out of another of the table cloths and I still have one and a half left which I may make a dressing gown from! Very economical use of my sale purchase!

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  9. This is such a gorgeous shirt! That fabric is amazing & works really well as a shirt.

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  10. Hi Caroline, what a great use of a tablecloth! I particularly like that you won't be seeing anyone else walking around in this exact same shirt (a primary dislike I have of RTW shopping!) Its a great print. I also like going to the buttonhole man in Soho especially for my coats. Seeing as its the last step in any garment there always feels too much of a risk to stuff it up at the last minute eh? Thanks for joining in with #makeyourstash, speak soon! Kate

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    1. Thank you Kate. I am enjoying the added challenge of #makeyourstash as it gets your creative juices flowing having to work with certain constraints of fabric or sewing patterns.

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