Happy second birthday TMS. This is my second post on TMS. I have made two Mathilde blouses using the pattern from Tilly and the Buttons, and my name is Tilley. Therefore, two Till(e)ys.
To be truthful (which is always best) the first one was a wearable muslin. Although I was a good girl and traced the pattern I did one small mod to kick off with: blended sizes. I forget which but I usually try this as a sort of cheaty FBA, start slightly smaller in the shoulders and blend a size up as I reach boob height. The muslin is on the right. I used a floral polycotton from http://www.croftmill.co.uk that I got yonks ago.
Shortcut-wise it was OK, but I made further changes to version two:
- move the darts down about an inch
- a proper FBA rather than a sort of lazy cheaty version which I always knew wasn’t going to cut it
- I only used six buttons since I had some rather nice ones I liked in my stash
For version one I used some cheapo fish eye ones I got a whole load of at a carboot sale:
Check out the accidental serendipitous pattern matching. Total accident.
For the final version I used a cotton lawn that is pretending to be Liberty but isn’t. I got it at the Knit and Stitch show in March at Birmingham NEC where I also bought the paper pattern.
Stuff I like about this pattern:
- the actual pattern is really nicely packaged and the instructions are great
- I like a yoke on a pattern for some reason (indeed I also had one in my last TMS make)
- buttons at the back – a lovely touch
- French seams, the insides are really tidy
Stuff I don’t like:
- I’m not sure the blouse suits me, my bodyshape may not be right for Tilly’s patterns, I am going to have to face this, I have other things from her book and the jury is out
- there is a bit of handsewing – I am clumsy beyond belief at “stitch in the ditch” so I sewed the cuffs in by hand, also seven buttons
Just wondering if anyone else who requires an industrial FBA has made a Tilly pattern. What did you think?