The rainy weather broke yesterday and Nathan and I went on a gorgeous sunny walk in Discovery Park. I wore my second version of Tilly’s Mathilde blouse and we snapped some pictures. Even if we weren’t taking photos, the odds are good I would have been wearing it anyway!
This time, I removed the back button placket. I cut my pieces on the fold but didn’t take into account I needed to make the fold the middle of the button placket instead of the folded edge – hence, a center-back seam.
After my last Mathilde, I traced a smaller size through the shoulders and bust and lowered the bust dart by an inch. It looked perfect until I set the sleeves in – too tight through the shoulders! I should have seen that coming. I salvaged the sleeves by using a 1/4″ seam allowance for the top half of the sleeve. I will use this version of the bodice if/when I make a Mathilde tank top, however.
My last modification was a bias-bound neckline as the facings would have shown through. The fabric is a pretty loose plain-weave linen that manages to be thick-ish and floaty at the same time.
Given how much I wear this version, I could justify adding another Mathilde to my wardrobe. Who know that poufy sleeved blouses were so right for so many occasions?
There’s no time for that now, however. It’s time to get serious about my coat toile.
(To answer the question that you’re most likely asking right now, yes, “someone” did confuse me for a doctor when I was wearing this, even though said someone happens to live with me and knows I don’t possess a medical degree. Hrmph.)
Anyway! My first impressions on the front are as follows:
- I love the fit through the shoulders, which was my primary concern
- The bust needs to be taken in on the princess seam
- The waist could come in a bit on the side seams
- I may want the hem to end mid-thigh rather than at the knee
- Pooling at ye olde swayback
- Slight pulling on the upper back?
- Potential excess ease in the upper back arm – although maybe it’s good to leave it there
- Good sleeve length
I think that overall, this (Simplicity 1759) is a good coat pattern for me. It looks a bit dumpy right now but I think the changes to the bust ease, waist and lower back will go a long way (along with the shorter hem), as will not making my final coat in floral white and grey quilting cotton. I also may try View C instead – I’m a little underwhelmed by the tiny collar from View B. If you have any fit suggestions, I’d love to hear them!