Completed – Mimi Blouse from Love At First Stitch

Blog / 9 June 2014

I have to admit I actually made this cute little blouse a few weeks ago, sometimes it’s just a bit challenging keeping on top of all the write ups. I’ve already worn it at least a couple of times and I really really love it!

I’m sure a lot of you will already be familiar with the Mimi Blouse - another one of the gorgeous patterns from Tillys book, Love At First Stitch. Despite the book being aimed at beginners, the design of the patterns included in the book make it suitable for anyone with any level of experience who wants to make a really stylish handmade wardrobe.

My first make from the book was the Megan Dress, but I wanted something that would be a bit more for everyday wear. I mostly wear trousers and tops or blouses, so the Mimi was a perfect addition to my wardrobe. It’s got more of a loose fitting style with gathers from the front and back yoke so choosing a light-weight floaty fabric is key, otherwise it might feel a bit bulky.

I went for the Golden Moon print from the new Atelier Brunette collection. These fabrics are 100% cotton but so lightweight and silky – just what this pattern needs.I think the blouse looks much better on me tucked in. I suspect I’ll mostly wear mine with trousers but it would look great with a skirt too.

The pattern and instructions were really easy to follow and work with. It has plenty of notches and extra labels, like shoulder seam and front and back sleeve, to help you figure out what bit’s connected together.
I made the size 2 from the book and it fitted really well for me around the shoulders and bust. The bottom of the blouse was just a bit too baggy for me over the hips region so I ended up just sewing the side seam pretty much straight down.

The neckline is probably a bit lower than I usually go for but I still feel comfortable wearing it so that’s the main thing. If I make this one again (I’m thinking the blue moon fabric – but maybe the same blouse in two colour ways of the same fabric is too much!?) then I think I’ll round the collar instead of having it pointy.

I love the detail on the sleeve too! It has a little pleat bit at the cuff that gives such a nice touch - just a little tricky to press once its been washed. 

What have you guys made so far from the book?