Melilot - Of Bugs and Buttons

Coming at you today with BUGS.

I have been looking for a casual shirt dress pattern for ages, something with a collar and all the features but with a loose vibe about it. After a couple of disaster makes, I tried a the suggestion of an extended Melilot shirt.

The pattern here is of course the Deer & Doe Melilot shirt which has been extended past the hip line to about knee length. I used the short sleeve version which gave a beautiful drape and reshaped the collar to a traditional point, just because I'm not a round collar kinda gal.

The size is 46/48 however I did add about an extra 1cm to the side seams to be sure it got over my hips for a dress version. It was fine!

I also changed the placket on this one - having previously made an invisible placket version  as I love a good button and wanted them on show.

As luck would have it I raided the stash and found this epic galaxy pink and turquoise buttons, that matched the colours of my bug applique perfectly! A bit of sewing fate there.

The fabric used here is buttery soft viscose linen blend from Sew Me Sunshine in Aqua. It is so lovely to the touch and very airy for hot days.

So this dress was actually a 'test dress' for a black one I want to make, much actually I think I like my bug toile more than what I was planning!

I will definitely be using the Melilot again for future dress incarnations as the shape is one that agrees with me.

Wishing you all well on this bank holiday! 

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Sirocco - Secret PJs

Hey folks

Just hopping back on the blogging wagon to share a little make that I absolutely love, in contrast to last week's rambling!

I did make this ages ago though.... back when my brain was at better capacity. As you can tell from the sunshine (and the last remaining colour in my hair before it returned to a weird lockdown-brown-grey)!

It is a repeat of the fabulous Sirocco Jumpsuit by Deer & Doe. 

My previous incarnation was made in a sparkly denim and had a bit of a festive vibe about it so jet black was the order of the day.

This gorgeous organic cotton jersey if from Jelly Fabrics - absolutely perfect weight and consistency for a jumpsuit.  (LOVE that site, it's one of my go-to jersey peoples).

The size is 44 on top and 46 on the bottom, and a pattern alteration making the waistband twice the width. This gave me a bit more length in the body but without bringing the neckline down further. I don't know if it's the colour masking things but this version seems to fit way better than the previous. (Granted the previous did get hacked a bit so I lost a few cm on the top)

It makes me feel quite chic wearing this. Plus it's an epic option to throw on with trainers or whack on heels for times when we may see the outdoor world again.

I'd like to wear it with some crazy necklaces or some colourful earrings. Just a little shout out to SapphireFrills  who made me some AMAZING clip-on earrings. She has done this rainbow range for NHS charity donations and I'm thinking they'd be fab with my new jumpsuit. (This is not an advert or sponsor by the way, I just really like her and her indie business).

So there we go - not much to say apart from great jumpsuit, perfect for pear shapes, super comfortable especially for these days at home!

I shall admit to having bought yet more jersey for a blue version however I shall spare you a third blog post about that!

Hope everyone is keeping well out there - stay safe!

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