17 March 2013

Sneaky Peek of My New Pattern!


Hey guess what? I'm working on another sewing pattern to share with you!

Before I tell you a little bit about that, I just wanted to say a huge thank you for your support with the Mathilde Blouse sewing pattern. Producing the downloadable version and putting it out into the world for stitchers' scrutiny was - I admit - totally nerve racking. What if my testers and I had all missed a glaringly obvious mistake? What if, after all those months of work, no one wanted the pattern? My stomach full of butterflies, I very nearly chickened out pressing "publish" at the last minute. But I took a deep breath and did it. Two minutes later, when the orders started coming in, I was jumping round my flat doing a little dance of joy. Okay, so what I really mean is, I was doing a MASSIVE SHAMELESS DAD DANCE with tears of joy streaming down my face! So yeah, that's a bit embarrassing, but the point is that those of you buying the pattern are making me a very happy lady indeed :)


And now I'm putting myself through it all again to make a second one! This time round is soooo much easier, but still a heck of a lot of work. But it will be worth it - I'd been dreaming about this design for about two years and can't WAIT to share it with you! Not only is the new pattern super cute, but I've designed it to be super easy for beginners. I can't stop wearing the versions I've made for myself, I love it so. The pattern is with the testers right now (who all have different styles and different levels of sewing experience) and, fingers crossed, if there are no major issues, I'm hoping to share it with you in about 3 weeks' time. If you want to be the first to hear when it's released, sign up for my super special email alerts.

In the meantime, I'm preparing some more Mathilde Blouse Pattern Hack tutorials to share with you, a couple of variations which make the blouse easier to sew and one which makes it ready for Summer. Have you checked out the Maker Gallery lately? Some seriously gorgeous blouses being made across the globe! If you're making one, please do share your photos, I'd LOVE to see!

And in other news, I've got some new dates for teaching workshops at Ray Stitch:
Make Your Own Pattern & Skirt - Saturday 20th April (only 2 places left so book soon)
- Mathilde Blouse - Saturday 25th to Sunday 26th May
- Make Your Own Pattern & Skirt - Saturday 1st June

Exciting! Now then - any suggestions for names for the new pattern? I want it to sound like a cross-between a 1960s French movie star and a Victorian music hall performer. I've got a favourite in mind, but I'd love to hear your ideas...

[Soundtrack: 'Hospital' by Jesca Hoop]

70 comments:

  1. Can't wait to see what you have planned!

    Violette!

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    1. Violette was on my short list! Until I realised that it's too similar to Colette Patterns Violet blouse :(

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    2. (Still on my potential baby names list though!!)

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    3. NOT that I am pregnant, I should probably clarify.

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  2. Congratulations! And how exciting...a new pattern!

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  3. Wow! Where do you get the time & the energy, Miss Tilly!? Wonderwoman...

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  4. Hi. How about 'Constance' being both an old fashioned English and French name. Best wishes for your next exciting pattern launch.

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    1. Ooh I like that - going on my list

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  5. I cannot wait to see this!

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    1. I cannot wait to show it to you!

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  6. Hmmm, Brigitte(Bardot!), Clara (Bow!), Sophia (Loren!), Lulu, Larissa...
    Gah, you've got me started now! French/Victorian names will be whirring round my head all afternoon now!
    Excited to see the new pattern. I bet it will be another belter :)
    Px

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    1. Brigitte is on the list, Lulu now added!

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  7. Oh I agree with Miss P - Clara! Anyway, you know how much I love the Mathilde and so can NOT wait until your new pattern comes out.

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  8. Another pattern so soon! You are an inspiration. I like Constance and Violette too, also Josephine, Juliette, Camille... I'm not sure these quite fit your criteria, just French names I'm fond of :)

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    1. Ooh good suggestions - adding these to the list

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  9. Ooo! This is exciting! I'm just about to iron the fabric for my second Mathilde (once I stop faffing about on the interwebs!). Re the pattern name, I love me a Victorian gothic drama, so I'm thinking of Mina or Lucy from Dracula, or Magdalen, Marian or Drusilla from various Wilkie Collins books. Maybe too Victorian and not enough French!!

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    1. Nice - adding Mina to the list. Can't wait to see your second Mathilde!

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  10. Oh, fab I can't wait to see what it is :-)
    Re: names, how about Veronique, or Audrey (as in Tatou), or Vignette ?

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  11. Exciting! Can't wait to see it. Edith? It was nearly my youngest daughter's name until her big sister came up with the name we eventually used.

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    1. Love it - adding it to the list!

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  12. Tallulah? Mata Hari?

    Whatever it gets called, I'm pretty excited to see it!

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    1. Haha Tallulah was one of my nicknames at university! Don't ask...

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  13. Ooh can't wait! Haven't got to mathilde yet about how about Kitty?

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  14. How exciting! How about The Kiki or The Maxine? I look forward to it. Cheers, Sarah

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  15. Daphne??
    Love that red you're sewing with :)

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    1. There's a similar name on my list...

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  16. Oh my gosh - so exciting! You're a machine!!! I bought the fabric for my first Mathilde yesterday - can't wait to see it, although it's pretty embarrassing that you're managing to release another pattern before I've got my arse in gear to sew the first one!!!

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    1. Don't worry, you've got plenty of time, I'm not there yet! Looking forward to seeing your Mathilde.

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  17. Oooh can't wait to see what it is! I'm never very good with name....how about Sofia?

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    1. :) In the middle of the night (after being woken by a Littlie!) I also thought of Cecile/Celia - excited for the big reveal! Sx

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  18. How exciting:) Glad it will be beginner friendly:)

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    1. Soooooo beginner friendly, you'll be laughing :)

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  19. Hooray for a new pattern! And if the criteria for your name is in any way a hint for what the pattern will be... I can not WAIT! x

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  20. I'm looking forward to the new pattern. Great that we don't have to wait that long!

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  21. Weird, I immediately thought Edith, then scrolled down the comments and saw someone suggested it! I'm still a beginner-ish, so an easy pattern would be great!

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  22. Rosemary. As in Rosemary Clooney.
    Or Yves.

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  23. I can't wait to see what it is!!

    -Amy (www.thatssewamy.com)

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  24. How about Yvonne? Can't wait to see the next pattern- you're churning them out!

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  25. I can't come up with any names to beat these and I can't wait to see the new pattern too. Ooh! Exciting!!

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  26. WOw, so exciting! I can't wait to see it (and make it). How about Grace?

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  27. Exciting! How about Kitty, Theresa or Edith? :-)

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  28. fun! can't wait to see what it is. I'm sure I will love it! for names, I vote for Anna, for the one and only Anna Karina :) (ps- I'm a huge french new wave gal!)

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  29. I loooove some of the adorable names being suggested here... so pretty and evocative :)

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  30. I have two daughters one is called Matilda and the other Amy. I would call it Amy - it is both French and Victorian. Secretly hoping that the new pattern is a skirt. Have bought some fabric for Mathilde and will be downloading today although after seeing the cap sleeve hash I will be making two of these now. Will need to go and buy more fabric.

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  31. So many gd suggestions, how about Odette?
    I can't wait to see what the new pattern's going to be!

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  32. Look forward to seeing the new pattern! Your mathilde is on my "to buy list" but I have been so busy with Uni that I haven't even started on my first Violet, which I bought last year!!! (sorry, Tilly!)
    My suggestion for this one is Flora. I would have put that to my third child if it had been a girl but in the end, a boy was born and I never used it!
    Can't wait!! Thanks for all the inspiration and sewing tips! You are a darling! Pati x

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  33. Not really a 1960s French film star or a Victorian music hall performer, but I figure I'll throw it out there anyway: Amelie.

    Anywho, can't wait to see the new pattern!

    www.sewcookgardenrepeat.blogspot.ca

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  34. Why not Germaine ???
    I've worked on Mathilde yesterday and I'm so excitited to finish this great project :)

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  35. I'm brand new to sewing and you've been such a great help and inspiration, Tilly! I've had my eye on Mathilde for a few weeks now but I have a mountain of patterns I've bought in a beginner's frenzy - curse you for enticing me with the promise of another beautiful pattern :)!

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  36. Okay, so I can't sleep tonight - and I've been reading blogs for the last 2 hours LOL!

    I just went through all the images you posted and used Google's upload-thingey to do an image search and here are all the pattern numbers I could find :)!

    From top to bottom:-
    Simplicity 8401 - Dress (Blue scalloped dress / Red & White Dress)

    Butterick 5281 - Dress (Floral Dress / Black Dress with square neckline)

    Unidentified - sleeveless button-front dress (Black & white envelope image)

    1930's Crosswise Tucked Inset Evening Gown Pattern 8192 (30's style light blue / grey? dress, Pattern Company unspecified)

    Vogue 1084 - Repro Dress Pattern (Black short-sleeve, boat-neck dress + floral tie-back dress)

    Unidentified - short-sleeved dress, with belt and bow on neckline (Black & white envelope image)

    Vogue 8671 - Dress Pattern (1980's white and black dresses - low back with big bow behind)

    Clairex :)

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  37. You don't rest on your laurels for a second do you lady?! You totally deserve six months off after releasing the Mathilde, but not you!!! Back on it..

    As for names, I've been giving it some thought. A French mate of mine has a little girl called Lilou, which I find insanely lovely. Or Lula? Coco? Elodie?

    xxx

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    1. Ooh... three of those names are on my short list but I hadn't heard Lilou before. Too cute! xxx

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