Every now and again there comes a make you’re not completely happy with. This is one of them. As I’d had such good results with the Mimi, I thought I’d give another Tilly and the Buttons patterns a go and chose the Mathilde blouse – a button-backed blouse with pin tucks on the front and full three-quarter length sleeves. I love me a button-backed blouse and the pin tucks looked like fun. I checked the fabric suggestions, picked chambray as I had some in my stash and went on my merry way.
The pattern itself is lovely. It’s a satisfying sew with some nice details, and super clear instructions on Tilly’s website keep you on track throughout. There’s some really nice features – the way the mock button placket covers the edge of the back facing is very clever, and there are multiple opportunities for French seams which is always a good thing in my book. As a result the insides of this blouse are frickin’ neat, which really, really pleases me, as do the set in sleeves – a nice bit of gathering if I do say so myself. I did make a small alteration – I took out some width from the bottom of the sleeves as they looked huge on my toile (which is a beaut – check it out below), plus my fabric wasn’t wide enough to fit it on the grain. Engineering dictating design at its best.
The fabric itself was a dream to work with – being chambray, it frayed quite a bit, but it pressed beautifully meaning that I ended up with nice, sharp tucks and a lovely neat neckline. When I made mistakes and had to rip stitches out (a slightly wonky tuck, an accidental pleat in the cuff), the holes just disappeared after a quick iron. I also really like the buttons on this one. I got them from the shop up in Balham (really I should just give them a chunk of my salary every month and have done with it), and their design reminds me of those spirograph things I had as a kid.
So neat insides, easy fabric, cute buttons – what’s not to like? Well, I just don’t think it suits me, and I think in this case it’s all down to fabric choice. It stands away from my body, both at the front and the back so it looks like I’m wearing a box, and the sleeves look like they’re a lot fuller than they should be given how much I took out. Worn loose it makes me feel a frumpy, and with it tucked in I look like some sort of Edwardian nurse who’s starched her blouse to high heaven. In short, I just don’t feel comfortable in it, so it probably won’t get the wear it deserves… Not from me anyway – it could well end up in the charity bag and hopefully someone else will love it instead.
However – I do think it could turn out differently, and I’d like to see how it looks in a drapier fabric so it doesn’t stand to attention so much. I picked up some nice dove grey rayon the other day, which could be just the ticket. I’m not done with Mathilde just yet!
In other news, my New Year’s resolution to use up all the moisturising cream I’ve been given is going well. This morning I finished a body lotion AND a hand cream. Well done me!