Friday, 1 February 2013

Designing Your Mathilde Blouse

One of the best things about sewing is that you can dream up a garment in your head and then make it, exactly as you like it. I’m really excited to see how you make the Mathilde Blouse your own. It’s a versatile design that will look lovely in lots of different fabrics, plus the style has plenty of room for adaptation.

What to think about when choosing your fabric:

* The pattern works well in lightweight, drapey fabrics. It can look very elegant in silk or polyester crêpe de chine, habotai, charmeuse… or that mystery fabric you scored for £2 from the man outside Sainsburys at Walthamstow Market.

* If you find sewing with slippery fabrics tricky, try a cotton, such as lawn, voile or chambray. Keep it lightweight and drapey so the blouse doesn’t end up looking too stiff.

* Patterned fabric is lovely, but plain fabric will let the tuck lines shine.

And some design ideas:

* The buttons down the back are one of the stand out features of the design. Experiment with contrast, self-covered, novelty, rainbow, tonal or ombre colour buttons. So many options!

* How about making the yoke and cuffs in a contrast colour to the bodice and sleeves?

* Loving Mr Selfridge as much as I am? Try channeling that Edwardian chic into a cream cotton and lace version.

* Add a strip of piping, ricrac or other trimming between the yoke and front bodice.

* Lengthen and widen the hemline to make a smock-style dress. (Just be careful where you place the buttons so you can sit comfortably!)

* Instead of sewing tucks, try gathering the excess fabric on the front bodice into the yoke.

* How about attaching mini bows to the cuff bands?

* Hand stitch an embroidery design to the yoke, or use the fancy topstitches on your machine.

* Check out the Maker Gallery for more design ideas.



What ideas do you have for making the Mathilde Blouse your own? I’d love to hear! Leave a comment below or if you write a post, please leave the link so I can see. Oh my goodness, I’m sooooooo excited to see your Mathilde Blouses!!!

PS. If you follow me on Twitter, you've probably witnessed my gushing, but I really am so touched by all the warm and supportive comments and messages you've left me about the Mathilde Blouse Sewing Pattern. Thank you!!!

15 comments:

  1. Gargh! So gorgeous! So, so gorgeous! I have plans, I have plans... You know, that actress who plays the, um, actress (!) and the spirit of Selfridges in Mr Selfridge makes me think of you every single time. Because of the cute dimples, not because of the tragic storyline! I don't think I've ever been this excited about a pattern launch, Tilly.

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    1. I've got to agree about the Mr Selfridges comment, that actress makes me think of Tilly every single time too! x

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  2. I love the idea of ombre buttons down the back, that would be fabulous.

    I don't currently have any suitable fabric in my stash, but as soon as I find some I will be making myself a Mathilde.

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  3. I just cut mine out! You are a very bad woman for making me abandon my resolution to only sew patterns I already own :)

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  4. This is an amazing blouse and you wear it so well.

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  5. Tilly this is so cute! It's so exciting that you have launched your first pattern, it looks great! Congrats!

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  6. Loving this series Tilly, thank you!

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  7. Loved you on the series!! Have been very much inspired and have (very last minute!!) joined a dress making course starting next week!! Need to take my own pattern, would this be suitable for a very enthusiastic beginner??

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    1. Great! Have you sewn anything before? If not, you may find some of the elements tricky, especially the sleeves and tucks. I don't want to put you off, but best make a few other things before trying this one. Enjoy your class!

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    2. Thank you, second class tonight and i can't wait. Not made any garments yet so will add this to my wish list when i have learnt a bit more. I've chosen a simple tunic top for starters.

      Thanks for aiming your blog at us newbies. Have been reading your tips and finding them very helpful! Hopefully i'll be posting a pic of my Matilde Blouse on here one day! :)

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  8. great blouse ;) I found you because I read some minutes ago about The Great British Sewing Bee and I thought: 'she's got really great style!' :) I'm your follower now and I'll watch you blog more often ;)
    I'll try to sew blouse like this ;d

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  9. Thisay sound daft but as it buttons at the back how easy is it to get on unaided? And how comfy when sitting down and leaning back? My 4 year old hates girls clothes that popper at the back as she cant put them on herself, but I don't remember owning such a garment so not sure how that translates to more dextrous grown ups. Would hate to spend ages making something I can't do up myself though!

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    1. You could always just keep open one or max. two of the upper buttons, for putting it on easier, and just try and button them at the back of the neck - not that difficult ;)
      Tilly, you and the other versions of the Mathilde have convinced me: I need to make myself a Mathilde blouse!! I think I already have the fabric... pretty simple black with white flowers... as soon as I finish a Simplicity dress I'm starting to hate because of the amount of time it is taking me... Happy sewing!
      P.S. Loved you on the show, fellow sewists here in Italy admired you, too (on youtube) :)

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  10. Hi Tilly, I'm so excited about making the Mathilde blouse. I want to make a version with cap/short sleeves, but am unsure of how to do this. Any tips on how to go about it are greatly appreciated!

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    1. Great! I've written a tutorial on making a short-sleeve version here.

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