Love at First Stitch by Tilly and the Buttons is one of the best sewing books, as soon as I got this book I wanted to make everything that was in it. After my Lilou dress I decided to make the Mimi Blouse, the pattern was lovely the instructions were very clear and even tho I had never constructed a top with a yoke, a collar or put in button holes I enjoyed making this top.
Again I rushed into this make, I went with the measurements for my size and I wish I had looked at the finished garment measurements as the blouse is quite loose-fitting, I would have chosen to trace the pattern two sizes smaller. I loved the yoke and it was simple to construct, I decided as the top was quite loose to take out the gathers in the back and put a back seam in taking out the excess fabric, I also put in some diamond darts in the back to give some shape. I had never made a collar before but the instructions and the pictures were so good that the collar was easy to construct even attaching the collar was fairly easy. The sleeves I changed slightly making them a bit shorter and not putting the pleat in but gathering the sleeves instead. I was absolutely dreading the buttonholes but I measured and measured the position of the button holes and using the four step button foot I managed to put the button holes in perfectly first time, I chose some lovely little pearl buttons which I think go really well with my fabric. I was so proud of my button holes that I wanted to shout and show everyone unfortunately my partner was out and my daughter was in bed so I rang my sister bless her she did try to sound impressed. I think am going to be making lots of these but I do think for my future Mimi’s I will cut a smaller size. I really enjoyed making this blouse, it’s so comfy to wear and feel I learnt so much making it, and have I have increased my sewing skills, it’s definitely one of my favorite patterns.