My first Mathilde blouse was a really exciting make for me. Not only was I supporting Tilly and her early ventures into pattern making, but it gave me a chance to make something that I could add my own touch to …
Sadly, my only downfall was my fabric choice, a cheap as chips (albeit very pretty) clingy as sticky weed, man-made something or other that made me positively jumpy with its electrifying, static-charged shocks! Hence, much to my dismay, for health and safety reasons (!), I wore it only once.
Fear not, I have revisited the Mathilde and I’m happy to say, no one is injured when I wear this version …
The fabric is from my Lovely Mum and her stash of old pieces that we can’t remember where they came from (just that they’ve been in her loft for years!). It’s pure cotton and naturally, a dream to sew.
For this version I cut my front yoke just a little wider than the pattern to give myself a little more movement across the shoulders and lowered the neckline by a fraction too.
As much as I love the tucks, for this fabric I didn’t want to hide the stripes and so I replaced them with pleats. I also used some old buttons (I suspect these are from my Lovely Mum too) and they are perfect.
I had enough fabric to lengthen to top a little, but no where near enough for the original sleeves and so these became short and sweet.
Ooh, it looks a little creased, but I do love this make! It’s not really wonky, I’m sure I just need to stand straight!
I’m thinking a nice white linen one next for a summer holiday, or gingham … with a little lace, or not. I may bring the tucks back too and any excuse for bias tape … or rick rack. Endless opportunities for this adaptable pattern.
Exciting news! I’ve seen in Tilly’s latest post that she is printing the Mathilde right now, so you have can get yourself this popular pattern in proper paper very soon!
14 responses to “Mathilde and me …”
Gorgeous! Everything about this is just perfect! X
Aw, thank you!
I love this! Looks lovely and might have to try one myself x
You must try it, it’s very you! x
Ooo! This is lovely! The short sleeves are a great idea. What a shame about the first one though, because I love the green edging and the fabric looks lovely in the photos.
Me too, but it just wasn’t quite right, I will have to try again with contrast edging! Thank you.
This is lovely. I get a lot of wear out of my first wearable muslin Mathilde. The subsequent ne is in the half finished pile, but I shall get around to it soon enough
Thank you, I’m looking forward to seeing it!
Beautiful! I love this pattern in a stripe! The shape of it really suits you
Thank you so much! I am having trouble leaving comments on your posts for some reason, so need to try and sort out. In the meantime though, great round-up of indie patterns!
Aww how lovely. It’s like your mum helped you make it! I think this looks great with the pleats and the altered sleeves. Great stuff!
My mum does like to see her fabric put to good use, thank you!
A really elegant version of this pattern
Oh I love this; the colour, the pleats , the cute little short sleeves. I can see why you wear it lots it is fab. And yes a nice airy white linen version would be great in the summer.