Tilly and the Buttons - Mimi Blouse & Delphine Skirt

by - 5/22/2016

I bought Tilly and the Button's fabulous first book 'Love at First Stitch' when it first came out a couple of years ago. But it's only recently that I've been getting back in to making my own clothes. In a couple of my previous blog posts, I mentioned that I was looking to make a few more 'everyday' clothes and I knew these patterns would be perfect for my wardrobe.

I really recommend Tilly's book for fellow sewists. The book is great if you're just starting out, because she includes really helpful guides on all the dress making techniques you'll need to use. But the patterns are fashionable and varied enough to tempt experienced sewists too. The book also shows some really awesome variations for the patterns, so there are plenty of ways to make the clothes unique to you and utilize all your new and old sewing skills!

Here's a peek at Tilly's versions of the Mimi Blouse and Delphine skirt from the book:

As I made both of these garments over a couple of days, I thought I'd shoot them together and do a little bumper 'Love at First Stitch' post instead of two separate ones. Plus I love the outfit!

I made the Delphine skirt in a heavy weight denim fabric in my favourite shade. I wanted a skirt that would go with anything and be great for colder weather as well as Spring. Initially I was going to line the skirt with the pink fabric you can see in the above photo, but I decided the denim didn't really need it and didn't want to over complicate it just yet.

The Mimi blouse wasn't a planned make, but I when I was tidying my fabric stash, I found just enough of the navy and white polka dot cotton I had bought a while back for a dress that I had made. Plus everything is good in polka dots! I thought I'd add a pop of colour with self covered buttons with some other cotton I had recently bought to line another dress. Lots of utilizing went in to this make!

I love the collar on the blouse and the neckline is really flattering. I did change the sleeves when I was sewing as I found them a little fussy. I decided to keep them simple and just hem them instead of inserting the facing and darts. (I did one sleeve to the instructions but didn't like it when I tried it on, so out the unpicker came!) But that's all just personal preference. I also like rolled up sleeves, so might try wearing it with them folded up.

This was my first time sewing button holes and making self covered buttons. Both things are so easy to do, I'll definitely be using the techniques again in the future.

The skirt is a great addition to my everyday wardrobe. I just love the denim I bought! However, I need more hip room if I want to skirt to have the appearance Tilly's has in the book. The skirt fits great around my waist, but is fitted on my hips which weren't the intentions of this pattern! But that's all my own fault. Next time I'll cut the size larger, or re-draw the pattern with extra hip room. But I still like the shape and will enjoy wearing it.

I'm super happy with my new makes and I like how they look together too. Overall the patterns, as all Tilly's are, are easy to follow with clear instructions & beautiful photos. To round things up, I've done a little 'sewing summary' for a quick review with details on where I bought my fabric etc. Something I'll be doing from now on for all my 'Pattern Review' posts. I hope you find it useful.

Sewing Summary

Mimi Blouse:

Fabric: Poly Cotton I found in my stash. From my local haberdashery Watson & Thornton
Sewing time: A couple of hours/ an afternoon.Modifications: I kept the sleeves loose and hemmed.Fit: Okay. Slightly tight on the bust and maybe too loose on the waist. Nothing that makes the blouse un-wearable, just something to tweak next time.Difficulty: Pretty simpleWatch out for: Collar construction (if it's your first time sewing a collar this might be a bit tricky) and button holes.Make again?: Yes! It's a fab little blouse, great for everyday wear. I'd love to make it in a softer fabric and try a contrasting collar.
Delphine Skirt:Fabric: Heavy Cotton Denim 14oz - £6.99 pm - Remnant HouseNotions: 22" Invisible Zip in Navy - £1.50 - Remnant HouseSewing time: 1 hourModifications: I didn't use interfacing on the waist band as my fabric was so heavy.Fit: I don't love the fit. I cut out the size 3, which fits fine on my waist but I need the hip room a size 4 would of given me. Difficulty: Easy-peasyWatch out for: Concealed zips (I'm still working on perfecting this) & change the needle for sewing with denim. I switched my needle to a 'Jeans' needle.
Do you own 'Love at First Stitch'? What are your favourite patterns from it? I've made two of the 'Lilou' dresses (post to come), and love the pattern. Also the 'Margot' pj bottoms are high up on my sewing list!Get the book:

I hope you enjoyed my new 'sewing summary' section.
Thanks for reading, pinups! 

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  1. Gorgeous outfit, I really love how the red buttons pop off the blouse, and polka dots are never the wrong choice! I have Tilly's book but have yet to make anything from it yet, I am actually most tempted by the Mim blouse and seeing yours is making me want to make one even more! x

  2. Hi Abi, outfit looks fab . Just getting back into dressmaking and love Tilly's book , just got to try and trace- never done before, I see your local store is Watson and Thornton, are you local to Shrewsbury then ?
    Carol E