Although I was going to label this a sewing fail, I am being won over! I made this Tilly and the Buttons button back blouse from an issue of love sewing over a year ago. It is well finished with French seams, but I never wore it when it was newly finished. Lets have a look at the details to find out why!
I believe this is quite similar to the TATB Mathilde Blouse, just without the pin tucks if you want to be able to recreate it. It has a yoke seam, which I very carefully added piping into.
So why have I not been wearing it? I think it comes down to two things- personal style and fit. Those puffed sleeves are cute, but don’t fit with my usual style because I can’t wear a cardigan. In terms of fit, the key problem is at the back.
I think I have a quite narrow upper back. I often have to take in quite a bit at the centre back and by the time I realised there was a problem in this top the button placket was finished and it seemed too fiddly. It also feels like the shoulder seam is slightly in the wrong place. This may also be because I need a full bust adjustment, and this is pulling the back and shoulder seam out of place.
So why, when I wore it out for these pictures did I start reconsidering my plans to take it to the charity shop. I think it is a combination of the style being perfect for the current weather, and a great combination of fabric and pattern! Some of the things that I didn’t like about the pattern, are actually what is making it so perfect. The longer sleeves keep it breezy and cool, but mean that I don’t need a cardigan, even into the evening. The fabric (sadly no longer available at Minerva Crafts) is a lovely cotton chambray and just a fantastic weight and drape. The contrast piping and buttons lighten it up and the splash of coral is great for spring.
Perhaps I will have to give this a second chance!