I have had the Tilly and the Buttons ‘Love At First Stitch’ book for a long while now and I’ve always loved the look of this blouse. As seems to be normal for me though, I decided to ogle it for a while before actually getting on and making it. I absolutely loved the look of this chiffon, navy and red leaf print fabric from Minerva and thought that it would be a lovely match for the Mimi pattern. You can find this gorgeous fabric here.
Here’s a shortened review of how I found both the pattern and fabric to work with. The longer review will be up on the Minerva website later in the year…
Pattern: Mimi Blouse from the Tilly and the Buttons book Love At First Stitch.
Fabric: John Kaldor Floral Leaf Print Chiffon Dress Fabric. The fabric was extremely light and delicate but I did find it stable enough to cut and sew without too much trouble. I cut with a rotary blade and cutting mat and used my over locker for the seams which worked fine.
Size: I made a size 2 based on my measurements which are Bust 32”, Waist 27”, Hips 36”
Any changes made to the pattern: Nope – I made the pattern up exactly as per the instructions.
Time to make: Approximately 4/4.5 hours – I broke it up throughout the day.
Difficulty: Intermediate. There are a few tricky bits in there like the collar and sleeve facings but the pattern, as always with Tilly patterns, came together perfectly I just made sure to take my time.
What I loved about this pattern: I really liked the little vintage style details in this pattern like the gathered yoke shoulders and back panel.
Would I make again: Yes absolutely! It would look beautiful in a rayon or crepe and I love the vintage style.
My thoughts on this fabric: The print of this fabric is beautiful and despite it’s delicate nature I found it lovely to work with. I think it suited the vintage style of this blouse well.
Have you made this blouse, or anything from the Love at First Stitch book yet?
Until next time, thanks for reading!