Chambray Dot Deer and Doe Melilot


If I’m being honest, I don’t remember much about making this shirt because I finished it in April of 2017 and I didn’t take good notes. These photos are also not super recent – currently Wisconsin does not look like this outside. However, I can tell you that I absolutely love this shirt. I used the Deer and Doe Melilot pattern. I really loved working with this chambray dot fabric (so much so that I immediately made a Willow tank with the leftover fabric).


I did shorten the shirt and I also graded up at the hips. My grading up at the hips may need to be smoothed out a bit in my next version – the angle of the waist shaping out to the hips is a little extreme now.

I’m not 100% sold on the way the sleeve cuffs flare out a bit but it looks like that is intentional. It also likely would not be so extreme in a drapier fabric. I think for my next version I would use a drapier fabric and make the long sleeve version of this pattern.


I love this pattern and fabric combination because it feels a little bit dressier than other tops while still being casual enough to wear on a normal day. It is pretty classic with some more modern details which make me feel trendy and put together while still being a wardrobe staple which will get a lot of wear.


I also love this curved hem detail – so fun!



Doe and Deer Datura Blouse

I finally finished the Doe and Deer Datura blouse two weeks ago. I originally got the fabric a year and a half ago but just finally got around to making it. I got the fabric at my local fabric shop, the Sewcial Lounge in Madison, WI. The yoke is chambray and the rest is a liberty print. I essentially did the peter pan collar variation but left off the collar.


The one tricky part was sewing the yoke together at the shoulders. I used a tutorial on the Drapery blog to get me through it. Once you do it once it isn’t actually tricky.


My favorite part is the buttons down the back. They are just too freaking cute.


The arm holes are a tad bit tight when I reach my arms forward so if I make this again I’d probably move the arm holes in a hair. I’d probably also bring the hem up a half inch.


Overall I like the way it came out though it is a little summery to wear at the moment. We will have to see how much milage it actually gets in the spring.