Scissors, tracing paper… start hacking

I desperately wanted a Mathilde blouse in this gorgeous Hiro Liberty Lawn. Even eliminating tucks and reducing some of the sleeve volume there was no way on earth I was going to squeeze the pattern pieces into the remnant I had. As a compromise, I hacked the Mathilde button-up back with New Look 6808.

Hiro Hack 3

I made a few other alterations to the pattern too: shortening the length, removing neck gape, adding width to accommodate those hips of mine.

Hiro Hack 2

I used the pearl vintage buttons Anne had kindly included in the parcel with the DVD giveaway. I think they echo of the moons hidden in the fabric. And while we’re talking about those moons… I had a real nightmare placing the front pattern piece to avoid twin moons… if you know what I mean?!?!

Hiro Hack1

Anyway back to buttonholes, Catherine of Sewing the 60s has a fantastic tip for buttonholes when your buttons aren’t flat.


9 responses to “Scissors, tracing paper… start hacking

  1. This fabric is sooo lovely. It almost made me do some more internet fabric shopping, but I think I might have to take it easy for a while ;-).
    And well done on the moon placement!

  2. Cool pattern hack! Lovely fabric too.

  3. Love your new blouse. That fabric is adorable and the buttons, oh, the buttons! I bet you get a ton of wear form this one. And just think, you can still make a Mathilde if you want to, right?

    • Yes, exactly. I can make a Mathilde just as soon as the right fabric comes along. I might have peaked too soon with the peacock feather cotton lawn I used for my first Mathilde make though!

  4. Adorable! Love the buttons and the moons on the fabric.

  5. That’s lovely! I really like that fabric and the hidden moons. I used New Look 6808 to make a gingham top and loved sewing the sleeves – they went on really well. 🙂

  6. Beautiful fabric! And a very lovely top 😉

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