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Itching …

I am at work, so a speedy post while my work buddies get in a quick round of computer golf (coffee time in our office is a 15 minute work free break involving a visit to the virtual green). I am abstaining today, because quite frankly I’m rubbish and always come last!

While they play, I am twitching in my swivel chair and itching to go home and it’s only eleven o’clock. This ‘need’ to go home is a sensation I’ve not felt for ages (well, not sewing related anyway, we all have days when we’d like to run out of the office and hide behind a bush, don’t we?). Today after a period of sewing blues, I am tingling! I want to go home, tidy my sewing room, pop on the radio and get down to some serious stitching. The reason for my excitement? This arrived today …


My outrageously extravagant (and deliciously naughty) purchase of Liberty prints. I hold Tilly completely responsible (it’s easier this way) and am unashamedly copying heavily influenced by her latest make.

Oh heck, golf is done, coffee cup is drained and I must return to work mode … bye bye for now.


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Mathilde and me …

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 …

IMG_2731Sadly, 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 …

GetInlineand I wear it lots and lots!

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.

photo 2For 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.

photo 1I 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.

photo 2

photo 1 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!



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Mathilde for Spring …

I can’t cope with this cold weather any longer, I have stiffened up like a starched tablecloth and am the colour of a washed out tea towel. Does the sun not realise that it should be out by now?

Not to worry, I have made a new Spring blouse and it’s a bit of an antidote to all this doom and gloom. I’m sure you  are all aware by now that Tilly has produced the lovely Mathilde pattern and last week I caught up with everyone else and made my own.

I was very excited about making this. Downloading, printing and putting together was really straightforward and I love the online support available by Tilly. I have had a few minor issues but this is totally down to my choice of fabric, I wish I had used cotton and not another unidentifiable ebay purchase. It looks fresh and appealing yet the truth is it’s (once again) a sod to press (tucks!) and gives the electric charge of a 1970s set of nylon sheets!


I had the luxury of a whole day last Sunday to make this blouse and just tidied things up and popped on the buttons yesterday, so it’s a great weekend project. The tucks were simple to do, but my ‘will of it’s own’ fabric ensured that I spent a lot of time getting them in place. I’d always intended to use the bias tape as a feature that would show off the yoke and tucks on the floral backdrop and it certainly helped to stabilise  them.



Ooh look at all that fraying, thank goodness for my overlocker!

I used French seams on the side seams and sleeves and my overlocker for the armsyce, yoke and facings, so it all looks neat on the inside. Everything came into place nicely and I really enjoyed putting it all together (best not to mention the inside-out sleeves incident!). Radio 4 and a small supply of violet creams made the experience even better.



Ignoring my exceptionally bendy wrists, I wasn’t too sure about the idea of such voluminous sleeves, but I like them very much now.

By adding the bias tape to the tucks, the hem became a bit bulky but this was improved when I overlocked the edge and turned up just once (plus a dose of heavy handed pressing). The buttons look wonky but (honestly) they’re perfectly straight, it’s just a shame I only had six, so the bottom one is odd!


For my next Mathilde I will make a couple of changes to suit my shape a little better. The neckline is a smidgen high for me, so that will come down slightly and the yoke seems a little small across my front creating a bit of a pull when I move, so perhaps I should have cut a size larger. Short sleeves for the summer and a little more on the length too maybe, but that’s the beauty of Tilly’s pattern, it’s adaptable but still very Mathilde.

I have also decided that my next fabric purchase will be cotton, good old fashioned, lovely to sew cotton that will go where I tell it to go and not give me fly away hair and the power to zap loved ones with shocking hugs!

As I type this, the sun has come out, but it’s snowing …

Happy Easter everyone!


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