So we are almost half way through Me Made May and it is also time to start on summer sewing. I have very restricted time for sewing now as I am away from home during the week for the next few months, but I have found my new favourite pattern for the summer (and I am already making versions two and three..)
You know how it feels when you see a pattern which is exactly what you want to make and wear and you can imagine making half a dozen of the same thing? I think Deer and Doe’s Melilot is that pattern!I ordered my copy almost as soon as the pattern was released. I have been hanging onto some lightweight poly crepe-type fabric for a while (last used here for my Biscayne Blouse) and this was exactly the type of lightweight drapey fabric I wanted.I kept it simple and went for Version B, with the cuffed short sleeve and mandarin collar. I skipped the pockets cut a 42 across the shoulders and bust, grading out to 44 at the waist and 46 at the hip.
I sewed it up and I didn’t make any fitting adjustments. Amazing!I did fight with the very slippery fabric quite a lot – the layers had a tendency to move separately under the feed dogs of my machine so some of the seams ended up a bit wavey. The cuffs on the sleeves were a particular challenge and I unpicked sections on both sides to try to get a better result.In the end though I am really pleased with how this turned out. It will get plenty of wear with my very well-worn Ultimate Trousers, was worn with my Hollyburn skirt last week and is pictured here with jeans. It’s versatile, it’s shaped without being restrictive, it’s easy to put together (apart from the very many button holes which are currently delaying completion of version two..)
What is your new favourite pattern this year?