Chambray Dot Deer and Doe Melilot

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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).

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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.

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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.

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I also love this curved hem detail – so fun!

 

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.