What better way to learn how to make the Mathilde Blouse than from the pattern designer herself? That’s right…. this weekend I attended ‘Dressmaking – Mathilde Blouse with Tilly Walnes’ at Ray Stitch. It’s highly likely you already know of Tilly but if not her blog is very popular, her pattern designs are sweeping across the sewing community and she made her television début earlier this year. Also, Ray Stitch is a fantastic place for classes… it took a lot of restraint not to get distracted by all the lovely fabrics, notions and cake.
For my Mathilde I selected a navy cotton lawn with peacock feathers from Stone Fabrics, which I had pre-washed before class. We (the course attendees) also received the Mathilde Blouse pattern via email in advance of the class so that we could print and glue it together.
My fellow course mates were a lovely and varied bunch of ladies. It was interesting to see fabric choices (I picked up a couple of ideas for my next one!). We were all supportive and encouraging of each other and it was a nice change for me to do a bit of social sewing.
Tilly was a great tutor clearly explaining each step, demonstrating techniques and allowing us to work at our own pace. She was so patient answering our many questions, advising us on custom fitting and rescuing a few near disasters!
During the first day we selected our size, cut out the pattern pieces and our fabric, practised tucks and sewed them in our fashion fabric and attached our yoke using French seams. Sewing tucks was new to me and although I did ok, it’s something I need more practise at. Our homework was to sew up our shoulder and side seams using French seams.
We continued on Sunday by sewing up the back pieces and hemming. By the end of the second day I’d successfully inserted one sleeve and attached the cuff band so I felt confident enough to finish the second sleeve at home – thank goodness for a Bank Holiday Monday to finish while it was still fresh in my mind.