Christina Sparkle

Mathilde Blouse

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A couple of weeks ago Tilly Walnes announced a sale on all of her shop items to try and shift some stock ready for a studio move. Of course, I couldn’t leave that offer to just go by, so I picked up all three of her patterns that aren’t included in the Love at First Stitch book.

The first of the patterns that I have tackled is the Mathilde Blouse which was quite tricky again, I get the impression that blouse patterns in general are quite tricky. It involves pleats, a yoke and button holes. All of which I hadn’t learned yet. It also features French seams, which I had tried before, and sleeves which I decided not to do because they’re just not my style.

I bought the white polka dot fabric on Milton Keynes market in a pre-cut 5 yard bundle for £5. A great bargain. I don’t know for certain what the fabric is, I suspect a polycotton, but it is probably a little more sheer than I would have liked, especially because I only have black camis to wear underneath. It’s hard to argue at £1 per yard though!

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The pleats were tricky to get right, I don’t think mine are as straight or even as they should be but overall I’m quite pleased with the result. I really love the buttons down the back too. I originally added some smaller buttons that I had at home already but they were just too small and the blouse kept popping open when I tried it on. I swapped the buttons for some new buttons that I bought from Hobbycraft in a mixed mixed button jar.

The next pattern I’m planning to tackle is the Miette skirt, probably in red or green. I also have the Megan dress to take in, I’m just a little too scared about that.

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