Saturday, June 29, 2013

Mathilde Blouse

I've finished this beautiful Mathilde Blouse a few weeks ago and even had it all photographed for you, but the post just sat around my draft inbox all this time. Dang lazy me. Does this happen to you sometimes? Nah, you're probably a much better bloggers than I am!
The Mathilde Blouse pattern did not disappoint. And I'm not just saying that because the pattern was kindly gifted by Tilly herself as a congratulation for finishing my thesis (although I was super touched by the gesture). Nope, people. This pattern really is amazing. You can see for yourself!

Speaking of thesis, I heard yesterday that I passed with overall Distinctions, and that my thesis committee was positively impressed by my work. I was sooo pleased to find out! All my hard work has paid off, it seems! Also: I haven't forgotten that some of you had expressed interest in reading it. I truly am honoured by your interest and it's so important to me to put it out for you at some point in some form. For the moment, and after talking to a few people, it seems that there are copyright issues for me to consider when publishing it on something like a blog, especially if I want to turn some chapters into articles for publications. But I'm confident I can find a way to resolve these issues sooner or later and I'll keep you guys posted.
Back to our topic... the Mathilde Blouse! After carefully studying the Mathilde Blouse makers' gallery, I came to the conclusion that the most successful makes were out of fabric with a lot of drape. Score! I had just the fabric for this in my stash! Remember the peplum skirt I made for my sister this winter?
- I cut a size 2 in the shoulders and extended to a size 4 around the hips, following exactly the recommended sizing for my measurements. The amount of ease was just perfect in the end. (So nice to do without the guesswork when picking a size!)
- I didn't want to set myself up for a failure and decided to skip the pleats for this first make since I was working with such a slippery fabric. (If you want to do the same you can simply check out this very clear tutorial.) Turns out that I like the gathers quite a bit, and maybe more than the pleats because it adds some much-needed umphs in the, ahem, chestal area.
- Following Pins and Needles' advice, I lengthened the bodice by two inches because I'm tall in the torso. Next time I would consider lengthening even more -- maybe an extra inch or two more, for those days where I feel like having my bum completely covered by my shirt over my jeans.
- Following Karen from Did you make that? I scooped out quite a bit of the neck (as much as two inches, I believe) to leave room for my face to breathe. I have quite narrow shoulders and anything that comes too close to my neck creates displeasing head/shoulder proportions.
Like others have expressed, I initially wasn't sure about the level of puffiness in the sleeves. However, I decided to trust Tilly's design sensibility on this one, and left the sleeves as is. And you know what? I'm really glad I did! The fabric complements the style really, really well. I've worn this blouse a mere four times in two weeks, including to our long-awaited midsummer party in Northern Sweden, so I think that speaks for itself!
And by the way, do you like my new background? There are tons of interesting background in my new apartment for me to explore, with so much light! But then again, Swedish summer currently has 20 hours of daylight -- enough to make any apartment luminous! The real test will be this winter, when "daylight" is more like "dawn" from the short window between 10 am-3 pm, outside of which pitch black darkness envelops Sweden.


  1. Now, that is a beautiful rendition of the Mathilde! I really like how the solid grey plays against the 'prettiness' of the design and love the tucks. May need to make a third version... My two Mathildes are two of my favourite sewn pieces and come out on regular rotation. I love your background and am a bit jealous of your Swedish home.

  2. Adrienne, what a cool Mathilde! It really suits you & you have complimented it with the perfect background!!!
    But - CONGRATULATIONS on your thesis - distinctions! You are a super star! Well done.

  3. This is a very chic Mathilde blouse Adrienne, it looks so crisp and classy, absolutely beautiful! You know I've got a weak spot for a classic grey, so your blouse and your amazing mid-century Swedish background have me positively swooning!
    And MASSIVE congratulations on passing your thesis with distinctions, that's so well deserved, you rock! x

  4. That is a really cute pattern, I love the buttons up the back and the puffed sleeves. I really like how drapey it is. It is very flattering on your figure.

  5. This is a beautiful rendition of the Mathilde pattern, Adrienne! I also love your new backdrop and all the natural light. And a massive congratulations on your thesis distinction...that's simply incredible!!!

  6. Hi Adrienne, just letting you know I nominated you for an award

  7. Beauuuuuuutiful. I'm so glad you chose a fabric with a nice drape, that makes me a happy designer :)

    And massive congrats on getting a distinction! x

  8. I think this is my fave Mathilde so far - you're spot on about the drape. It looks much less, um Prairie-ish? in a drapey fabric. If that background is in your apartment I will cry. The Swedes have the BEST eye. Maybe from the forced daylight/darkness dichotomy?

  9. Oh my, this is one of the loveliest Mathilde's I've seen. I love the fabric, it looks so beautifully drapey. Also, I love the wallpaper behind you.

  10. Very nice version of the Mathilde blouse Adrienne! It looks very classy in this fabric.


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