I’ve finished my airplanes Mathilde! (and I’m giving away a copy of the pattern!)
The fabric, as I think I already mentioned, is from Stone Fabrics, but it’s unfortunately no longer on their website. I dunno if that really means they’ve sold out, but certainly they don’t have it online. I’d have loved to buy a whole bolt and make an entire wardrobe out of this gorgeous fabric. I love it!
I used shell buttons, and I even made my own bias tape, using a piecing method. I’d have tried the method that Claire describes, but that would have meant cutting into the one precious metre of fabric I have left. Instead, I drew out diagonal lines on the scraps, using the width of my ruler as a guide so as to avoid measuring. I pieced the strips together, and ended up with several metres of bias tape which I’ll be sure to use in future projects.
The epilogue to my fit fiasco is that I tried the top a second time, and realised that it wasn’t really very much too small. The bust darts are a touch too high still, and I did let out the sides just a little. I was lucky enough to avoid having to cut into my remaining metre of fabric, so I should still have enough to make a sleeveless top. The Mathilde blouse is super easy to sew, and it’s a great addition to any wardrobe.
Now that I’ve finished my blouse, I get to host a giveaway of my own! This is a threeway giveaway, which was started by Karen at Did You Make That to celebrate three years of blogging! She partnered with Tilly and the Buttons to give away three copies of the Mathilde pattern (with buttons), and her first winner was Jen from Made on the Couch. Her second winner (via Jen’s give away) was yours truly, and her third winner… could be you!
Not only will you get a .pdf copy of the Mathilde pattern for your very own, but I’ll also send you some buttons which you can attach to the back of your blouse. You’ll get 6 mystery buttons, plus these 6, which I bought at a little shop in the St. Nicholas Market in Bristol on the weekend. (I rode there on my bike from Oxford. That’s 100 miles of sore, sore legs. I can say with certainty that the National Cycle Network is a meandering beauty of a thing, and I definitely want to see more of it!)
To enter my giveaway (to win a Mathilde and two sets of 6 buttons each), please leave a comment, telling me who you’d make a Mathilde for. Don’t forget to leave me some means of contacting you: an email address or a link to your blog. I’ll leave a week and a bit to enter – my giveaway closes at 9:00 a.m. GMT on Saturday, July 6. I’ll choose my winner that morning at random, but I wish you all good luck!