Like most of the sewing world, I went a bit giddy when I saw that Tilly had released her Mathilde Blouse as a downloadable pattern. And, I had just bought the perfect fabric a few days before. It was meant to be!
The fabric is mystery polyestery kind of stuff from Sew N Sew in Belfast, and cost £3.99 per metre. I saw it and bought 2 metres knowing it was going to be a top, but without a pattern in mind. It's lovely fabric, it's thicker that chiffon, and doesn't wrinkle too much. It also was pretty easy to sew, because it wasn't as slippery as I thought it would be. They also had it in black with white dots, so I might have to go and get some of that.
Whilst this fabric isn't too sheer, it would definitely need something underneath it, so I shamelessly copied Marie's idea of underlining the body, but not the sleeves. Marie was one of the lucky pattern testers, and she kindly answered my question about underlining and tucks. I wasn't sure if it was better to sew the tucks before or after attaching the front underlining, and her advice was before. So to cut the underlining, I just pinned in the tucks on the pattern piece before cutting. I used some voile for underlining.
I hadn't sewn tucks before, but Tilly has put together an on-line guide to making this blouse which is fantastic. It's like a sew-along. I followed the bit about the tucks, and mine turned out great on the first go.
I got the buttons on ebay, and couldn't resist the combination of red, white and black. I cut a size 1 for the shoulders and upper chest, and size 3 from the underarms down. I didn't lengthen or shorten anything, but would lower the neckline a little bit on future Mathildes, as No 2 is already in the planning stages. Also I didn't use a neck facing, but used bias tape instead, and hand-stitched it to the underlining.
I absolutely LOVE the sleeves! I was afraid they might be a bit voluminous on me, and also a bit long. Turns out I was wrong. I 've been wearing it all day today, and the sleeves are fab. Also they make me think of Adam Ant, which is never a bad thing!
And thank you all for the lovely comments about my trousers, I was thrilled!