Made For Me

Tilly and the Buttons Mathilde Blouse

I’ve had the Mathilde pattern by Tilly and the Buttons with all the fabric and trimmings for a while now but too be honest, I’ve been a bit of a chicken about this one – I can’t remember the last time I sewed a button hole! And I’d decided to use piping as well – something I’ve only ever done an example of when I was learning technical skills at uni. So this will be interesting!!

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I traced the size 3 as this was the closest to my body measurements. however, after I had finished hand sewing on the buttons, I put it on to see the fit and found the bust darts were about an inch below my bust. I also thought it was a bit too loose around the front and back, though it fitted lovely around my hips and (surprisingly) my shoulders. I think a size 2 graded to a 3 would be a better fit.

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I found the pin tucks didn’t hang or look right. I think this was because of my fabric choice though, a medium weight cotton. Top stitching fixed this though and doesn’t take away from the overall shape of the blouse.

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I’m over the moon with the button stand and button holes, they turned out really well. As did the gathering at the cuffs but I can’t say the same about the shoulder gathers, they’re almost non-existent.

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Unfortunately I lost my sewing mojo when I found the bust darts were too low and it took a while to get it back. I think this has contributed to my feelings towards the final garment – I just don’t love it.

This was a good project for learning and improving my skills, but I’m afraid it’s been let down by my bad choice of fabric and sizing. I hope I will like it the more I wear it… or maybe, if I can bring myself to adjust it in the future.

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