23 April 2013

Your Mathilde Blouses: Part 2

I'm still jumping up and down every time I see a new version of the Mathilde Blouse. You guys are just so creative! Definitely time to celebrate what you've been making and find out about the inspiration behind your designs...


First up is Lauren! Lauren was one of my pattern testers and this is her second version of the blouse.
"The thing I love most about the Mathilde Blouse pattern is the crisp clean lines of the tucks at the front. They were a little tricky to get right but the detailed instructions were fantastic at taking you through step by step and I couldn't have done that bit without all the clear pictures.
There are so many options for customisation as well. I wanted to highlight the division between the yoke and front bodice and I did this by choosing a contrasting piping. I also edged the sleeves with the same contrast fabric as I think it breaks up the print a bit more and adds a lovely detail. Choosing pretty buttons also allows you to put more of your personality on the blouse and make the back a feature. I love little capped sleeves, especially as its coming into Spring so I aimed to keep mine a little puffy and full, like the sleeves in the original design. It's one of those patterns that makes you think of so many variations, but at the same time, you wouldn't feel like you were wearing the same blouse all the time."


Mai made a second version in a beautiful ballet slipper pink sandwashed silk - swoon!
"I chose the fabric because I wanted a complete contrast to my crazy blue and black abstract version, and I wanted it to look more like a vintage piece, slightly faded and 1930s, and the perfect companion for some wide-legged trousers. I wanted a tiny splash of colour for the buttons, but still quite muted - though they all look different, they're all made from the same small square of cotton kimono fabric. I've never worked with sandwashed silk before, and I discovered that 1. the suede-like surface marks really, really easily, so you may well need to give it a gentle wash at the end of the making process to freshen it up! 2. use the lightest, gauziest interfacing you can find 3. the beauty of the silk makes it all worthwhile!"


Shivani was my first ever customer, and a blouse aficionado, so I was itching to see her version - and it didn't disappoint:
"The moment I saw the Mathilde Blouse, I had to have it. It's everything I could ask for from a blouse. It's perfect for dressing up a pair of jeans, and there's so much scope for personalisation - I already have ideas for a contrast yoke, shorter sleeves, sleeveless for summer, gathers instead of the vertical tucks. The instructions are genius: I love the tick-box approach - it's so satisfying to tick things off as you along, and it really helped break down the sewing into manageable stages (an ideal way to manage sewing over the week, when you have limited time). Cotton lawn is my fabric of choice, so I'm delighted it works so well with this pattern. This is the first of many Mathildes."

And last but not least, gorgeous Zoe in her gorgeous animal print design!
"In recent years I've tended to opt for fitted retro-style blouses, so I was a little concerned how I'd feel in the blouse, but I totally love it! The beautifully drafted bateau neckline and subtly gathered sleeve heads are my favourite features. I'd love to see some versions with contrast fabrics used on the yoke and cuffs, or with lace or ricrac inserted in the yoke seam. I was thoroughly impressed by the amount of work and attention to detail Tilly put into making the pattern, instructions and everything else that went along with releasing it as flawlessly and user-friendly as humanly possible. IMO, she has seriously put some of the well-known sewing pattern companies to shame in these regards!"

Gah!!! Aren't they all gorgeous? And there are plenty more in the Mathilde Maker Gallery and Pinterest gallery!

27 comments:

  1. I love these blouses, what a great pattern, well done! I have added you to my Bloglovin reader so I will be back soon! Best wishes, Cassiefairy x

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  2. Can you ask Mai where she bought that beautiful fabric? I've been looking for something similar for ages!

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  3. Wow, these look great! I think I like Lauren's best

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  4. Loving seeing all the variations. Watching the GBSB has inspired me to look into clothes making again. I've been a commited quilter for 10+ years, but haven't sewn a garment for over 20. I'm realising that I'm missing out on a lot of fun! Thanks for the inspiration :)

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  5. I think this pattern works better with a color block. Flowers ans so don´t allow to see the beautiful tucks. My favourite is Mai´s. Does she have a blog?

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  6. I so love the sleeve design Tilly, such a great pattern.

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  7. I've selected the fabric for my (first!) Mathilde today... but it was a tough choice with so many inspiring versions in the gallery.

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  8. I love this pattern! It's definitely on my wish list!

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  9. I love Lauren's with the short sleeves!

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  10. Hi please can you tell me will you be making patterns in larger sizes?
    I would like to make the mathilde blouse but it is not big enough for me.

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  11. I liked this pattern, but did not think it would be something I wanted to try. However, now seeing Zoe's version in the animal print, I am a convert. Sooo cute! Now I want my own version in an animal print!

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  12. What a beautiful bliuses. Wel done !!

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  13. They're all gorgous! I don't think I could pick out a favourite! I've GOT to give it a try! :-)
    Carly
    x

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  14. This is on my wish list to do. I have fabulous liberty fabric under the bed upstairs that would be perfect. Jo x

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  15. I've just bought the pattern!They all look amazing. x x

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  16. Hey Tilly, http://dfabricate.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/a-mathilde-blouse-and-new-look-6128.html thought I'd do a little show-off of my Mathilde blouse. The instructions were fantastic! Thanks for the pattern

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  17. I made a Mathilde this past weekend. I'm a sewing novice and had never done tucks, french seams, or button holes, but your directions were very easy to follow. I love my new blouse!

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  18. Hi, love the blouse and LOVE loved LOVED GBSB. Inspiring!

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  19. ben acemi olarak mutlaka bu modeli denemeliyim süpper süpper hepside çok güzel olmuş çok teşekkürler..burdan hiç ayrılmam ben:)

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  20. Hi - can anyone tell me where to get the dressmakers muslin/paper or whatever it is called to make a pattern please (in the Uk) ? Barbara

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  21. I love love love this blouse...I must make one soon . Thanks for sharing.

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  22. They all look lovely!
    I finally finnished mine. You can see it here: http://trollemors-hverdag.blogspot.no/2013/05/my-mathilde-blouse-and-giveaway.html

    :)

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  23. Absolutely love this type of blouse, and I'm so happy I've stumbled across your blog!! Brilliant stuff!
    www.sherbertdreams.wordpress.com
    https://www.facebook.com/OhByOdette

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  24. Dear Tilly! Please help me out...
    The finnished result of my blouse, is`nt quite the right size for me. I was hoping you can let me in on what the sizes on the pattern would be in comparance to whit store-bought clothes? Fex: I am a size 12 on tops. And the size 4 Mathilde blouse is to small... What is your suggestion?

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    1. The sizing systems of store bought clothes vary between shops, so the best thing to do is to measure yourself and compare your measurements to the pattern size chart. I've written a detailed post on sizing here which should help you. Once you've sorted out your size, you should find that the clothes you make yourself fit you much better than those you buy in the shops. Good luck!

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  25. https://sewthishappened.wordpress.com/?p=3&preview=true&preview_id=3

    Hey Tilly, I've not used the piping yet, however I have adapted with a Bettine cuff and begun my own sewing blog… sew I hope you like!

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    1. Oh Laura, that's so cute! I'd never have thought of adding the Bettine cuffs to the Mathilde blouse but it works!

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