My plan was to make a tunic based on one I bought and really like, however recently I decided I wanted to make myself a blouse. After searching the web I came across Mathilde by Tilly and the Buttons. I love Tilly’s work…if you haven’t come across her before she was on the Great British Sewing Bee a few years ago, I love her style.
So I bought the pattern, it is available as a digital download or a physical paper pattern…I am very much into digital stuff but felt a sewing pattern was better as a physical thing rather than me having to print it out and stick it together (although the advantage of a download would be reusability). It arrived super quick which was good as I was itching to get started.
First thing was to read the pattern and see what I would need, I liked the fact that the pattern was on a good quality paper, not the thin tissue paper that rips so easy!! It took me a while to decide which size to cut out…I didn’t want to get it wrong!
Once I had cut out my pieces (with a little help from my furry friends) and placed them on my fabric I realised I was going to be a bit short, so I had to get an extra half metre, plus I needed interfacing.
Once I actually started sewing I realised I needed help as some of the techniques used were new to me, the pattern uses French Seams which is new to me and was a little daunting, however after visiting Tilly’s website I found all the information I needed. I love this extra help and the fact the instructions have big pictures too…I am a big fan of photos and videos to show techniques.
I added an extra button hole as I felt they ended a little high up for my liking. I also used self-cover buttons and attempted to cover each button so it had a bird or fox on it 🙂 I think I did an OK job?
I also added a fancy stitch to the cuffs, sewing machines are so fancy these days!!
Here is the finished garment
I have my eye on the Miette Skirt next…just need to find some fabric 🙂