Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Mimi Blouse in Lawn



After my raging success with the Megan dress pattern from Tilly's Love at First Stitch book, I've been yearning to make another pattern from the book. I wear that dress at least once a week... I adore it!



My second make from the book was the Mimi blouse... I love Tilly's versions in the book.  Cute gathering at the yoke, nice neckline.


I made my Mimi from some cute floral cotton lawn from the Imagine Gnats shop... lovely to work with: light and airy without being sheer.


Looking at the finished garment measurements, I decided to go down a size. However, that seemed to make the armscyes a bit small, so I ended up sewing the sleeves and side seams with a 1/4 inch seam allowance so my armpits could breathe a bit. Also, I found the sleeves to be too snug on my guns with the cute pleat, so I ended up cutting the bottom straight across and then hemming them up 1/2 inch.


My verdict: although I think Tilly's version of the Mimi blouse is adorable, I'm not sure this particular version is for me. It's just not quite my style, maybe? I can't tell if it's the pattern or the ditsy-print fabric or both, but I'm not totally sold on it. I think I always want to look/feel good in vintage style clothes, but I don't really think it's my thing. I'll give it a couple more wears, though, before making my final determination... I definitely don't think it's a bad shirt, by any means.


Thoughts on wearing vintage-y clothing? Is it for you?
How about accidentally making something that's not your style? Am I the only one?

6 comments:

  1. I think this looks lovely, and it suits you! Perhaps the bow belt from the book in one of the colours from your blouse would help it to pop a bit?

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    1. Thanks, Hannah! I'm definitely going to try wearing again- maybe it'll grow on me!

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  2. I love the fabric! And it does look really great on you, but I get what you're saying. I always like the look of vintage and/or vintage inspired patterns, but I always think they look a little weird on me.

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    1. Thanks, Heather! Yeah, it's just a little weird. I'll totally still wear it, I just feel like it's not my favorite me-made item.

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  3. I LOVE this blouse on you.....I have all of the info regarding the pattern and the book saved in my "Futures" book....You have inspired me....Thank you...

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    1. Thanks, Patricia! What an honor to be your inspiration! The blouse is growing on me after wearing it a couple times.

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