However this pattern really appealed to me for a number of reasons:
Deer & Doe Mélilot Blouse- I made short sleeved version B with the collar of version A and without pockets.
Reason for pattern choice
This is really similar in shape to the New Look Maudella shirt/shirtdress pattern I recently made and loved, but I preferred the collar on this pattern and it also is more shaped, with bust darts and a full button placket instead of a partial one. It is also really similar to a RTW shirt a friend wore recently that I admired. This version is a wearable muslin, made with the hope that I could make multiple versions in all the Liberty Tana lawn I have but don't know what to make with it (terrible problem to have, I know). Also, the pattern is pretty flipping pricey so I intend to make the most of it by making multiple versions.
Fabric & Notions
I used a heart print viscose, bought on eBay a few months ago from the Textile Centre. The hearts are white and mint green - it's hard to tell from these photos.
None - I made a straight size but added the collar and omitted the pockets as it's a wearable muslin and I don't really think they are required.
How was it to sew?
Well, the instructions were not really as clear as I would have liked. The shirt can be made with a concealed button placket and I found that a combination of unclear text instructions with unclear markings on the pattern pieces made for a confusing experience. I actually emailed Deer & Doe to check what was intended - they replied quickly and the matter was cleared up, but I think the instructions could be clearer.
I also accidentally sewed the buttonholes horizontally instead of vertically - despite the markings on the pattern pieces and even thinking that the placket was pretty narrow as I was sewing them the wrong way. Duh. I was dreading sewing all those buttonholes as I've wrestled with these in the past but my machine was co-operating so it was fine.
I'll definitely make it again (actually already have - watch out for the blog post soon!). I will do a small forward shoulder adjustment and also some kind of broad shoulder adjustment - both adjustments that I have made before. The fit is pretty good but would benefit from more room for my shoulders. As I traced the pattern it will be easy to adjust my traced pieces too. I might add a single pocket or two pockets to a future version.
Debut wear in the glamorous location of work toilet
Would you recommend it to others?
For sure - but watch out for those instructions
Pattern £17.40 (including postage)
(Already had black thread and interfacing)
I'm pleased with this version, and might also try the long sleeve version too. It's a great smart casual style (although that phrase makes me think of this Limmy sketch:)
This pattern was similar to something I had made before but it was the collar and the shaping that sold it for me, and if I do make a few versions it will be well worth it. Could I have drafted a collar myself and made placket amendments then added to the other similar pattern I already had? Probably, yes. However it would have taken time and probably some trial and error. In this case, I felt it was worth paying the money to have that work done for me. I'm really pleased with my blouse and hope it will become a pattern I can make in multiple.