Hs Handcrafts Mimi blouse

Let them fly!

Hi there monthly stitchers! I am so pleased to be able to share my latest make with you! OVer Christmas I took a visit to Cool Crafting in Kirby Lonsdale – a really cute craft shop in Northern England. My granny let me choode one piece of fabric as my Christmas present so I came away with this gorgeous cotton poplin with swallows on it. When I got home I immediately rushed it into the wash and ironed it. Just as I was about to stash it I remembered this months challenge and thought twice about adding it to the shelves and shelves of fabric stacked up neatly and instead I thought I would let the swallows fly free! I knew immediately what it had to be. It wasn’t until I got home and frantically flipped through the book to find the pattern that I realised exactly why that was what I needed to make…something





I knew immediately what it had to be. A Mimi blouse. It wasn’t until I frantically flipped through my Tilly and the buttons Love at first stisch book though that I realised exactly why that was what I needed to make…something look familiar?


I knew how much I loved this pattern and had been looking forward to making it so I decided to take it slow. It really paid off as I am so pleased with how it turned out, the corners are sharp the seams are straight and the hems are even. I even managed to add some extra touches – like the buttons on the sleeves, I think they look really great at the join of the two pleats. And I even got to use my favourite sewing technique of all – gathers!



I do really love this blouse and can see myself making some more – I had planned another straight away in a quilting cotton I already have but I think anything with less drape than this poplin would be too stiff…what a shame I might have to go fabric shopping after all!

Helen from H’s Handcrafts

If you liked this overview of my project you can read the full post here

12 thoughts on “Let them fly!

  1. I just bought tilly’ s book and I made her A line skirt this weekend from my unstashed fabric pile. Love this shirt on you and very inspiring to give this one a go.


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