The Pattern: Tilly and the Buttons Mathilde Blouse
Size + Alterations: I cut a size 6* and cheated my way out of the usual full bust adjustment by converting the pintucks into gathers and dropping the centre front 2 inches.
In a wonderful coincidence Tilly just posted a super clear tutorial on how to do this so jump on over for instructions. The only difference I made was that my gathers started at the first pintuck marking so they were more concentrated at the centre.
For the sleeves I reduced the width at the bottom by a few inches to make it a bit more practical for work (I work in hospitality so drapey things risk getting caught on equipment).
The Fabric: Printed poly crepe from Goldhawk Road at £3.50 per metre. I had been hunting for the perfect fabric ever since I saw this photo on design*sponge.
Time to Make: Do we count the two months I procrastinated over putting in the buttonholes? In all seriousness it is a lovely fast project, I can’t remember actual timings but I was helped by leaving off the pin-tucks.
Favourite Features: The buttoned back and (confession time)…
… I outsourced my buttonholes! After confessing to my patternmaking tutor that this was languishing in my sewing pile without buttonholes he kindly offered to do them on the college’s industrial buttonholer.
Changes for next time: I love the gathered version but it would be nice to do the pintucked one too in a simpler fabric.
First Worn: Me Made May Day 13
P.S. I’m posting my Me Made May Pics here on instagram
*Tilly’s uses a different sizing system to the big 4.Pin It