I fear this may become a ‘thing’ as this is my second completed Méilot without any real plans of stopping (I even have more fabric bought and earmarked!)! For this project I chose a very lightweight black probaly poly fabric. It’s almost see-through, very light and creases like crazy!
Again I added no pockets to this top, just a personal choice really and I went with the collar and button placket of version B with the sleeves of version A. Unlike my last version I decided to go with buttons however I did change the placket slightly. I need to work on topstitching something like that down and I didn’t want to risk wavy stitching so I overlocked it and then topstitched it straight down (I also interfaced!).
Again I used my overlocker to finish off all seams, I really am getting much better at both threading and using it! There was one very scary moment near the end of the project where I thought I’d accidentally hacked of an important piece of fabric, but thankfully I hadn’t.
While I am very proud of my white Méilot I wasn’t thrilled about the cuffs, especially the plackets. They’re prefect acceptable and functional, but that’s about it! So for this shirt I really wanted to improve on the plackets. I decided for this I needed a starch spray. This spray is magical, it makes the fabric slightly stiffer and also lets it hold a crease. The plackets turned out much better than last time, and what’s more I really got a better understanding as to how they’re put together. I will absolutely be using this spray in the future!
Honestly the hardest part of this project was working up the enthuiasm to do the button holes. It’s really been a while since I’ve done any, so the importance of them along with their tedious nature really put me off doing them. Also, I admit that I lost my confidence here: I showed a friend a picture of the almost finished top and they asked ‘what’s that’ and ‘what’s that for’. They weren’t being malicious, far from it, but it hit my confidence.
So I delayed making the button holes out of fear of doing it wrong. In the end I did it one morning and I’m pleased with the results. The buttons are pale pink and from a small shop in Paris that sold a little of everything but a lot of vintage sewing supplies. It was an adorable shop and I wanted something to remember it by.
Overall I’m really pleased with this project, the hemming wasn’t great but it’s functional and I hate hemming enough not to do it again. One thing struck me as I tried the shirt on near the end, is that the sleeves are a fraction too short on me. Well, the’re not really, but I like a little extra length in sleeves…even though I always wear them rolled up! I think this may be a ‘TNT’ pattern!