I’m done, I’m done, I’m done! (and a giveaway)

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!


These could be yours

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!


Gratuitous photo of me, as an airplane, wearing a bunch of airplanes.


94 thoughts on “I’m done, I’m done, I’m done! (and a giveaway)

  1. Fabulous blouse you’ve made there. I would make it for my daughter who also hoola hoops and is doing a gig for the prime minister tomorrow afternoon. Maybe I will get a picture of her wearing it once made (if I win) and put it up next to yours. Thank you for the chance to enter.

  2. OOh, yours is lovely ! Fabulous fabric & it looks like you have lavished love & attention onit. I’d have to say that I would be another selfish Mathilde maker! I just can’t help myself 🙂

  3. I would make 2: one for me and one for my little sister, maybe even a matchy one! Thanks for this giveaway!

    • Hi Sarah. You’re my winner, but I can’t seem to find your email address to contact you. I announced my winner just now – please get in touch with me this week to claim your buttons and your Mathilde pattern!

  4. Hi Frocks, I think I’d make one for myself, I don’t think I’m quite a good enough maker to gift a blouse to anyone else! Your blouse is such a lovely colour, good work! x

  5. I have to be honest and say I would make it for myself, no matter how selfish that seems 🙂 I’m sure I would share the love after, but I would definitely get the first ones!

  6. The blouse looks great, I love the airplanes fabric too! I would love to make a Mathilde, think the first one would have to be for yours truly, after that, reckon my sis would like one too…!

  7. First I’d make one for me, (to make sure I’m doing it right) then I’d do one for my sister to show her what sewing can do! I want to get her into sewing 🙂

  8. I would certainly make it for myself. Two reasons for being selfish, one is because I rarely do something for myself and, two, because I certainly have to try it first and not until I am sure I have mastered I will make one for someone else.
    You, on the other hand, have done a great job!

  9. I would absolutely make one for myself first – then maybe one for my sister who i love very much! Love the pattern and the buttons! Your version looks amazing

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  11. I think my mum would love this blouse! Of course, I’d have to make myself one first as a practice run 😛

  12. I’d make the first top for myself, but then maybe I’d make another for my sister-in-law. Those purple buttons would go great with a bit of cotton I’ve had sitting around my little sewing space. Thanks for the chance! amy.ahearta at gmail dot com

  13. Gorgeous! I would make it for my wonderful and very tall neighbour who struggle to find well proportioned tops! X

  14. I love your choice of fabric! Your blouse looks great!
    I would love to win the pattern as I’m in serious need of some new clothes, which I’m planning to make myself and a Mathilde blouse would be one great piece to wear.

  15. I’m afraid this would be totally selfish sewing, and go for me, myself and I :-)! Those sleeves are positively adorable, I need some. Although airplane fabric is a huge leap in cuteness 🙂

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