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Amber's Summer of Basics Melilot

I'm excited to share another of my Summer of Basics makes! A simple button up shirt in classic indigo is one of my favorite wardrobe essentials, and it's been on my "to make" list for a while. I have a few old favorites in my closet, and I love the versatility of this garment style. It's easy to wear in all seasons, but I especially find a button up essential in fall and winter, as it's my go-to for layering under wool vests and sweaters. It was high time I stitched up a chambray button up!

Amber's Chambray Melilot Shirt

Pattern: Melilot Shirt by Deer and Doe by Robert Kaufman
Materials: Santa Barbara Chambray Denim by Robert Kaufman
Size Made: Size 40 at the shoulders/bust and graded out to a 42 waist/hip

Button band and collar of Amber's Deer and Doe Melilot

I've made the short sleeved version of the Melilot before, and it is such a simple button up pattern. I liked the drop shoulder, shirttail hem and slightly boxy fit. Here, I've made the long sleeve Version A, but chose to make it with the simpler collar and button placket of Version B. Version A has a sleek hidden button placket, which is totally intriguing, but I wanted to go with snaps for a more casual look.

Side view of Amber's long sleeved button up shirt

This chambray is a cotton/tencel blend with a very soft drape. It feels great and was a dream to work with. This shirt wins the comfort competition out of all the button ups in my closet! I finished my shirt with 10 antiqued copper snaps for closure. 

Deer and Doe Melilot in Robert Kaufman Santa Barbara Chambray

I am so happy with how this top turned out, and can't wait to wear and style it in endless ways!

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