Just in case you weren't aware, WhiteTree fabrics are now proud stockists of Tilly and the Buttons sewing patterns. Available in store, we have Coco, Miette & Mathilde as well as our very special offer - £35.00 for the complete collection (saving you £2.50 plus we offer free P+P). These patterns are so popular because Tilly's designs mix vintage with the contemporary and all her sewing patterns are suitable for beginners and skilled sewers alike. They're also very user friendly, helping you to achieve great results.

Tilly and the Buttons Mathilde

Our blogger Amanda has tried and tested the Mathilde and used some of our lovely circle laceto create a gorgeous lace blouse, which we love. 

Over to Amanda!

The Mathilde

The lace Mathilde

My latest blog post for White Tree Fabrics is The Mathilde from the lovely Tilly and the Buttons.
As I am also known as The Wonky Sewer I had to try this blouse in circle geometric stretch lace tohide my wonkiness!

Tilly and the Buttons mathilde

The pattern is lovely quality paper and I wondered if patterns made from this would still form around my mannequin….they did and I cut out my pattern to the exact fit of my mannequin -Janibob.

I decided to still make the blouse in the same style with a button back even with the stretch in the lace. It was a nice blouse to sew and I liked the pin tucks although I am not sure they are my best work and I ended up stitching them down because the lace would not iron flat.

Work in progress....the blouse with and without a white vest top:

The lace mathilde

Rather than line the lace I just wore a white vest underneath it.

I tried the blouse on and I could get it on over my head so decided to just sew the wooden buttons on through the placket and hold the blouse together. After seeing the photos of it on me I think I might put a few more stitches in to make it look less baggy!

The sleeves are nice and baggy and I made a feature of the edge of the cuff sewing them so there is a triangle space where they meet. In the photos one of the sleeve is all tucked up but I can assure you they do match!

Tilly and the buttons mathilde

I think the neck is also quite big, so if you plan to make a lace version I would make sure you are careful with your neckline!
I do love it and it is a lovely style to wear….really comfortable. I wore it with my jeans for Jeans for Genes day today. I would like to try it in cotton next and do some perfect pin tucks!

If you fancy having a go at creating this lovely blouse for yourself, here's what you'll need:

Tilly and the Buttons Mathilde sewing pattern ► here.
Circle Geometric lace, available in Black, Ivory, Green and Blue ►  here.
Some lovely buttons for the back ► here.
Essential sewing thread 100m, 250, 500m & 1000m reels ► here.