I always thought the Tilly Mathilde pattern was cute, but I just wasn't sure if it was right for me. It just seemed a little...frou-frou... or poofy...ya know? To use actual words, it wasn't a blouse style I'd ever owned or sought out, and I didn't find myself obsessively scanning other people's versions of this pattern. That all said, I bought it anyway, obviously, because I was ordering some other goodies all the way from London, so may as well buy in bulk, right? And I had this cute mint green polka dot fabric that seemed like it would be a good fit, so I decided this would be my introduction to Tilly and the Buttons patterns.
So let's start with the fabric. This is a "Wool Dobby Hi Multi Chiffon" fabric from Girl Charlee. Uhh, hmmm? Yeah. I have no idea what that means. The GC website describes it as "a light and sheer silky chiffon woven fabric with a slight texture." I'd say that's a pretty accurate description, so let's just go with that. The green is in the minty/teal/aqua range that I can't ever seem to resist (all my coffee mugs at work are some variation of this colour), so that explains why I bought it without any real plans for it. I also bought it as part of my ongoing reconnaissance mission to understand every type of fabric out there (yes, I have a swatch book).
I'm not sure if it's because I went into this project with moderate expectations, or because of all the pretty little details, or because Tilly's instructions are super clear, but I reeeally enjoyed making this top. Like, every step went pretty much perfectly and it might actually be my first ever mistake-free make! Most of the seams are French seams - which I love, and which are a perfect detail on a loose fitting, sheer blouse like this. The pin-tucks and gathers are also lovely details that challenged my sewing skills and make this top unique.
Then there's the placket and buttons down the back. Honestly, I have never loved sewing buttons or buttonholes. In past projects, I was never able to get my machine to consistently sew the right size buttonhole, and I usually found hand-sewing in buttons to be kinda tedious. But this time, it all went so smoothly! No issues with the machine, no boredom with the handsewing. By that point the blouse was coming together so nicely, so the whole button section produced no rage attacks at all, I'm proud to say!
In the end, I am super happy with this top. I never would have thought I'd like it so much, but it just goes to show, sometimes you really can't tell until you make it and try it on for yourself! Way to go, Tilly - a home run with this one! I also got the Coco, Francoise, and Tilly's awesome book, Love at First Stitch, so you can expect a whole lotta makes from that over the next few weeks....'til next time!