Friday, 3 February 2012

Chocolate Buttons Button-Back Blouse


Golly gosh, it seems like about three years ago that I started this project! Okay, maybe more like six or seven weeks ago, but that's a long time in sewing land. I really do plan to stick to my resolution to sew more this year, but I've had a particularly frantic and stressful couple of months. I'm hoping things will quieten down by March, when I shall unleash the inner sewing beast, oh yes...


  

So this is the third iteration of my self-drafted button-back blouse pattern, and I have to say I love it so! This time I added tucks on the yoke and finished the collar with a facing. It has pearlised vintage buttons running down the back. The fabric is a beautiful bargain from Walthamstow Market with a lovely drape that I starch-sprayed the hell out of to make it easier to work with. No idea how it's going to hang after the first wash - we'll see!


I really love the colour of this blouse, which I have named the Chocolate Buttons Button-Back Blouse. It looks quite nice with the soft yellow of my Banana Sweetie Skirt (what a tasty pairing - yum yum) but what I really want to make now is a mint green or baby blue wool pencil skirt to wear with it. What would you wear with this?

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  1. Tilly, this is so gorgeous that I would wear it with EVERYTHING! I do think a green/blue skirt would be lovely though and I also like the idea of it paired with cream.

    Each time you make one of these blouses it blows me away! I love the pintucks and the precious little buttons down the back!

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    1. Aw thanks Marie! I remember you said you liked the look of the fabric, which definitely spurred me on to finish it when I was feeling weary.

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  2. Tilly - your blouse has a yummy name & looks yummy too! Love the pleats on the yoke - v. nice touch. Well done :)

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  3. That is absolutely and gorgeously wonderful - and self-drafted, too. It really suits you. How did you work out how to incorporate the pin tucks into the drafted pattern?!

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    1. Gah! It took me quite a bit of head scratching to work it out, to be honest, but once you get the hang of which pencil lines correspond to which bits of the folds it's quite satisfying.

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  4. Tilly, this is a really amazing blouse, i adore it! I would wear it with an emerald or mint green pencil skirt or with tapered highraise paints in navyblue.

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    1. Ooh good idea. I'm too little to suit tapered trousers but I have some wide leg high waisted ones which would look good.

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  5. That's really pretty, Tilly - well done! I like your idea of wearing it with mint green or baby blue. I hope the next few months calm down for you x

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    1. Thanks Roisin! At times I have to remind myself to breathe, which is a bit worrying...

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  6. It was definitely worth the wait! It's beautiful and the tucks are so precise and perfect. I love the combination of baby blue and chocolate, so I would vote for the blue skirt. I hope you're heading towards calmer waters now...

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  7. Great blouse!! Love the name and the polka dots :)
    And I'd like to see a photo with the Banana Sweetie skirt!

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  8. Very pretty! I think it would look great with a mint green skirt. I love the full sleeves.

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  9. This is just gorgeous. It's definitely worth the wait!

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  10. It's lovely, Tilly, and those little pleats are so precise! :)

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    1. Hah! The pleats may look neat from where you're sitting but up close they're not the straightest... but it was my first attempt so I'm not too bothered.

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  11. This is so pretty Tilly. My fave so far of the button back blouses. I can't believe you self drafted it, wow!!. I vote for the mint green skirt. I don't know how it will look, but I'd like to see it.

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  12. This is so lovely! If I tried to pleat polkadots it would look like a lot of snowmen doing pervy things......

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    1. Erm... ok! I can only imagine...

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  13. I love those tucks! Any possibility you'd do a tutorial on how to change a pattern to accomodate them?

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    1. Colette Patterns have published a tutorial on adding tucks to a blouse. I haven't tried following it but imagine it's pretty good. I don't want to replicate what's already available:
      http://www.coletterie.com/tutorials-tips-tricks/violet-blouse-tuck-tutorial

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  14. Love it! Really like the shape of the sleeves and the tucks on the yoke...Great job!

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  15. This is such a pretty blouse! Very impressive drafting skills you have, missy - and I love those little tucks! I think it would look great paired with any shade of blue...or even purple, if you're into that (I am). :)

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    1. Thanks Sue, I really love pattern drafting. The perfect combination of logic and creativity!

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  16. That is adorable! I absolutely love it. The buttons look great with the polka dots too. I think a mint green pencil skirt sounds perfect for it!

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  17. Oh, so pretty! I love the tucks, it's very subtle and sort of blends into the material of the shirt but then when the light hits it it's bam! I think you would look like a peppermint chocolate-chip sundae if you paired this with mint green, which is not to say I'm against that...

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  18. It looks great! I'd pair the blouse with an off-white pencil skirt to bring out the polka dots.

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  19. This is an adorable blouse. So lovely.

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  20. Fantastic work Tilly! It is gorgeous :)

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  21. I would love to make a blouse like this! Adorable!

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  22. This is so lovely on you Tilly! I like chocolate with pale blue too, mustard and wine could be other options!

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    1. Definitely! I love mustard although it doesn't really suit me - but on a skirt it would be fine. And I've got some new wine-coloured high waisted skinny jeans which I might try with it, if you don't think I'd look too all over brownish!

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  23. Love it! You give me hope that I can make cute things, too :-)

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  24. LOVE this blouse...the tucks are a great feature! I would pair this with something mint green (reminiscent of the colours of my two favourite ice cream flavours: chocolate mousse royale and mint chocolate chip...yum)

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  25. Ooo... Lovely! I think I need a good top pattern like this, my go to pattern at the moment is the colette sorbetto but I've made so many I don't think I can make any more!
    I've seen so many really nice pin tucked blouses recently that i really need to have a go at making my own too.
    I'm also hoping for a calmer February/March, January has been brutal, it'll be nice to exist on something other than caffeine!

    x

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  26. Ooh, Tilly!! It's so pretty!! I love the tucks and the pretty sleeves! I do hope you will offer this blouse pattern for sale?

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    1. Aw Sarah, you've made my day! I would love to publish some patterns some day... just need to get a bit of free time to work out how to do it!

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  27. Very pretty! I would wear it with a light pink pencil skirt, as a friend used to say "pink and mud!".

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  28. Gorgeous!!! I am so envious you can pull off brown so well... I was lamenting to a friend yesterday that 99% of brown looks awful on me (I look ill). But polka dots and brown?! Love! :D

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  29. I love it! The fabric and the puffy sleeves and pin tucks look great! I really love pin tucks at the moment.

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  30. Mmm chocolate buttons...! Really lovely Tilly and so chic! I'd team it with light blue too, perhaps a wool skirt? Maybe Karen has a bit of cashmere left over from her coat?! x

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  31. Such pretty fabric, Tilly! And so rich-looking. I love the pleating at the top, too. You're doing such a great job of taking a pattern that fits & re-using it over & over. I'm really kicking myself for not getting Mohammed's patterns for me when I left AD. However, I am in a class at DCthreads.org in March for making a skirt pattern (and the skirt, too).

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  32. Wow, this looks fantastic! The fabric is gorgeous, as are the tucks but I think the sleeves are my favourite element. Dramatic but elegant. I think you could wear this blouse with a lot of great colours. Pale denims, apple green, hot pink, navy, a dark gold colour.
    I hope you get the time and opportunity to make your patterns available in the future!

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  33. This is super cute, well done!

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  34. I love the pleats at the front, super cute xx I'd love to try adding pleats to a pattern like that, thanks for the picture, it's helped me visualise how I could do it.

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  35. Those horizontal tucks on the front are GORGEOUS. You've done a fabulous job :)

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  36. Some clever touches to give this blouse a very original look.

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  37. Adore this blouse! The pleats really make it.

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  38. Hey love what a banger! It's gorgeous xxx

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  39. The blouse is stunning. I see what everyone is saying when they want to pair it with a mint green or blue skirt but I'd pair it with a bright red pencil skirt.

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  40. Just want to say this is gorgeous, really lovely fabric!

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  41. What a beaut!!! Fantastic work Tilly, this is a total stunner and looks even prettier with that little pearl pin you added. Hope things are starting to calm down for you xxx

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  42. THAT IS SO FREAKING CUTE! Love love love it! So classy and yet so fun. I would just like to buy it...but I guess you're inspiring me to get my creative juices working!

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  43. Pretty! I want to sew like you!

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  44. This would look very nice with a red skirt. Twirly or pencil style. Chocolate brown pumps. Or with same chocolate color on a skirt (no polka dots) with red pumps or high heeled sandals.

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  45. I have been scouring the stores and internet for a blouse pattern exactly like this for months! I was so excited when I stumbled across your lovely blog and found all of your gorgeous projects! I was wondering (and hoping very much) if you have a pattern for purchase for this particular version of the Mathilde (button back) blouse? I would purchase it immediately if there was! Thank you for all of the sewing inspiration!! :)

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    1. Thank you! I don't have a multisized version of this version of the pattern, I'm afraid. Maybe in the future!

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