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.
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’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!