Choosing fabric for Mélilot

Written by Eléonore
March 14 2016 | The patterns

A sewing project’s success often lies in choosing the right fabric for its pattern. Over the next few days, we’ll give you our tips to unveil the full potential of Mélilot, Lupin, and Zéphyr. Today, we’ll talk about what fabrics to look for to make your Mélilot shirt!

With its dropped shoulders and loose cut, Mélilot is a pretty casual shirt that will look its best in fabrics with a soft drape and natural texture: a rayon, linen or linen voile, chambray, or lightweight cotton sateen would be perfect! Stay away from denser poplins and batistes whose stiff drape would harm the shirt’s look.

Version A: long sleeves

The long-sleeves version of Mélilot is particularly adapted to fibers like rayon and silk. A nice linen would be a good fit too, as long as it has a flowy drape 😉 . You might want to favor solids and subtle patterns to avoid the “wallpaper” effect, though you can also play with textures with a lightweight jacquard!

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Version B: short sleeves

The cuffed version of Mélilot is more forgiving when it comes to fabric choices! You can go for a bold print and for a fabric with more body: chambray, light batiste, cotton gingham… If you need to match your print, don’t forget to buy a little more extra 😉 .

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Taming slippery fabric

The Mélilot shirt has some technical points (collar stand, sleeve plackets) that can become tricky with a slippery fabric. Try using spray starch or even gelatin to stiffen rayon and silk fabrics, this will make them much easier to work with!

How about you, what are you picturing the Mélilot shirt in?

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