11 June 2013

A Summery Mathilde Three Ways


So speaking of smock tops, here's one I made earlier. This is the Mathilde Blouse sewing pattern hacked in two different ways - with the tucks turned into gathers, and with shortened floaty sleeves. I'll show you how to shorten the sleeves in the next post - it's super duper easy! The fabric is a deliciously light Liberty lawn courtesy of the lovely Susan at Sewbox - it's so perfect for a gathered Mathilde.

I lurrrrve wearing this sort of top in the Summer - it's cool, breezy and easy, with more than a touch of 1970s chic. Here are three ways I'll be styling my Summery Mathilde:

1. With rolled up jeans and sandals


2. Tucked into a high waisted skirt with wedges


3. With shorts and a head scarf

I have a feeling I'm going to be living in this all Summer long! Now I'm dreaming of a plain white black voile version with a hand embroidered yoke... mmm...


[Soundtrack: 'Les Fleurs' by Minnie Riperton]

43 comments:

  1. LOVE it with the shorts!! so so adorable!

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  2. Amazing in all three options and I LOVE the high waisted denim skirt particularly. Does the Mathilde work on bigger busts? This is the only thing holding me back from making this, as I am new to sewing for myself and not sure if I could make any adjustments needed. Thanks

    http://asaucystitch.blogspot.co.uk/

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  3. Lovely top.

    I am debating whether to buy myself this pattern. I have a number of project lined-up and wonder if I would have time to squeeze another one in ....

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  4. I'm loving that last look. 1970s does the 1950s!

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  5. Loving the liberty style.....bestest D x

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  6. That is VERY pretty, Tilly. I admire your optimism re the summer!

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  7. How pretty! I love the fabric! I'll keep my fingers crossed for lots of summery weather, so you can wear it lots.....
    Carly
    x

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  8. I like it with the short sleeves!

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  9. Perfect all ways. I have been trying out a vintage pattern mmm see here

    http://joeveryday19.blogspot.co.uk/

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  10. That fabric is so gorgeous-- thanks for linking to Sewbox! I'd never heard of it but it's significantly less expensive than shopping for Liberty fabrics in America.

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  11. Thank you so much for posting the photograph! Very much appreciated! Off to buy some fabric and order the pattern!! X

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  12. This is so pretty, and an embroidered version would be fab. I'd be tempted to go for neon thread to make it really pop.

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  13. Oh my goodness, this is too cute Tilly! I need one of these in my wardrobe asap...can't wait for the sleeve tutorial tomorrow ;o)

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  14. GAH you are so cute, I can't even.

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  15. Very pretty. I have the pattern, think I will try it with some cheaper duck egg blue polka dot I have in my stash, then if it goes to plan, I will treat myself to some Liberty fabric.

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  16. It's so cute with the shorts! Perfect for summer. The print you chose is a lot of fun!

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  17. The fabric you've used is lovely, as the smock effect of this version of the Matilde

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  18. Love this version, waiting for the short sleeve tutorial soon, as I really need to make it that way! :)
    http://handmadebymaryall.blogspot.it/

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  19. This is so pretty. Is it really difficult to make the Mathilde blouse? I'm waiting for a sewing machine for my birthday and I can't wait to make one!!

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  20. Lovely! Bought some Liberty fabric after seeing your knickers (you know what I mean) and just made an uncannily similar blouse from a New Look pattern. Had lots of compliments at work. Treated myself to The Great British Sewing Bee book and now have your Mathilde pattern to try out :-)

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  21. very cute, I love the print and how you've styled it <3

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  22. This is beautiful! I really want a good summer blouse and I really like Mathilde, but to be honest I am a little afraid of Mathilde because of the gathered sleeves. I'm small (size 8) but I have really big shoulders, so anything that makes the shoulders bigger is a no-no...:(.

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  23. I adore this version Tilly. I think it's as you say, the 70s vibe that reminds me of the things my mum used to make for me as a child...and the shorts combo REALLY IS reminiscent of my 1976 drought wardrobe....Love. And liberty lawn too, perfection x

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  24. I'm loving the liberty fabric - I might have to save up my pennies and buy some x

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  25. I love this. It looks especially cute with the shorts, though not sure I could pull off that particular look! If I weren't drowning in WIPs I would start one of these babies right away.

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  26. VERY much like this version!

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  27. Cute! I love this version! :-)

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  28. So cute! And summery! Love all of the three looks as well. ♥

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  29. Gorgeous, but I absolutely love it with the high waisted skirt. https://www.facebook.com/SassySewingBees

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  30. I love it with the shorts! I may even be tempted to dust off my sewing machine!
    http://lostonthecloud.blogspot.co.uk/

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  31. Love it, love the print! I have to make one!

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  32. Hi Tilly love this blouse, it is just gorgeous. Have just had a go at making the New Look dress you mention in your blog. You look lovely in it.
    Lots of love
    Dorothy
    :-)xxxxxx

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  33. Looks great with the shorts. Yay summer!

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  34. Hi Tilly Love the top. Have been looking forward to making my own. I sent payment on 7th June and just wondered how long before I can expect my pattern. Can't wait to begin. Thanks Rachel Saunders

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  35. So cute, Tilly. Love that Liberty print.

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  36. Dear Tilly,

    I have just made my first Mathilde blouse (just a test, but it worked out well!). I was wondering if making it without the buttons would look nice too. I love the buttons, but I wanted to make one without them, to save time. Should I just use the centre back to connect the back pieces and make a button closure at the back opening? Has anyone tried a button-less version?
    Kind regards and thank you for making the pattern--it's great!
    Veronika

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  37. I was just about to start working this hack out for myself! No need for all the head scratching now...just need to get started!

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  38. I am searchin for a pre 2000 Prima slim skirt pattern with buttons right down the back. Can you help me? Please :)
    Suzanne.....I originally made several of these skirts while nursing my dying husband. Both pattern and skirts were lost long ago :(

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  39. I am searchin for a pre 2000 Prima slim skirt pattern with buttons right down the back. Can you help me? Please :)
    Suzanne.....I originally made several of these skirts while nursing my dying husband. Both pattern and skirts were lost long ago :(

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  40. I love the look of the dress, its cool to the eye, love the color combination... thanks for the Do it yourself tutorial you are my inspiration

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  41. I love the floral print! So sweet and beautiful.

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