Hello everyone! My name is Anya, from Anna-Zoe, and I could not be more thrilled to participate in Sew Your Hart Out September. This is my very first time on Harts Fabrics Blog and today I am sharing a brand new Melilot Shirt I made out of Cotton + Steel’s luscious rayon from their Menagerie Collection.
This was my first time working with Cotton + Steel fabric and I was very pleased with its quality. The rayon is so soft yet feels very sturdy, and has a nice drape to it while being super lightweight. It is really what rayon dreams are made of! I don’t even know what rayon dreams are and if they exist, but if they did I am confident this fabric would be in them.
If you have been following me and my makes for a bit you probably have noticed that I gravitate towards neutral colors, solids and stripes. If you do happen to see me wearing flower print, it is likely subdued and not bold at all. So you can imagine how surprised I was with my choice of this fabric. It is most certainly out of my character!
I don’t know what compelled me to choose this particular print, but in the end I am very happy with how it all came together. It took me some time to decide on what to make out of this fabric. I was hell-bent on sewing a dress, but I just couldn’t figure out the right style. Eventually it occurred to me that may be the dress is not the way to go and as soon as I let go of the idea of a dress, Melilot Shirt popped into my head. Of course! The fabric was meant to be a short sleeved Melilot!
The first time I made Melilot Shirt, back in early winter of this year, I settled on a long sleeved version and other than minor fitting issues and very bad fabric choice, I was happy with how it turned out. So I was off to a good start with a pattern I already have worked with.
I made minor modifications to the pattern to accommodate my broad back and taller than average height. I also lowered the curve of the hem at the sides to make is less drastic. This was purely personal preference and to be frank, now that I am looking at other Melilot Shirts I may change the hem back to the curved one. It seems to me that when the shirt is not tucked in curved hem just looks nicer.
I enjoy sewing with patterns I’ve tried before because most of the guesswork and fitting issues are resolved the second time around and the garment comes out better fitting and it is almost always a guarantee that I will enjoy my second rendition of a pattern more that the first one.
The shirt sewed up easily, partly due to me already having experience with this pattern and partly because the fabric was such a pleasure to work with. Every time I finish making a shirt I always wonder why I don’t make more of them. I am sure I am not the only one, but shirt making just seems so daunting to me. Yet every time I make one I am surprised at how little effort was required to put it together. Of course I am comparing the actual effort to what I thought it would take to make a shirt!
For Sew Your Hart Our September I paired my new shirt with a pair of slim stretch twill pants. The solid basic black really lets the print of the shirt take center stage. I even passed on my beloved long necklace I wear almost with every outfit as the shirt barely needs anything and the print is an accessory in its own.