Fibremood magazine number 17 launches today and I was able to choose a pattern to make ahead of the launch. I only ever join in if there’s a design that piques my interest and this time I was quite taken by the Fibremood Tilly I thought it would be great made up in this olive green double gauze sparkle fabric that already lived in my stash. It turns out I was right and I love how the two married together. Read on for all of the details.
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Fibremood Tilly Blouse, Fabric, Pattern, Construction
What immediately caught my eye about the Tilly was those really unusual pleats/wings (whatever you call them??) just above the cuffs and I loved the clean shoulder line with a simple round collar.’
The double gauze that I bought from Lulou Designs seems to have just the right softness and bounce for the sleeves. I cut a size 38 and all I did was add a vertical dart at the front for a slimmer body silhouette and I shortened it by a couple of inches.
This was my first time sewing double gauze and I have to say that it was a doddle, my machine loved it and I didn’t have any problems. The pattern pieces fit together well and the sleeved pleats weren’t too tricky to sew. Here is what the bottom of the sleeve looks like.
So you have to fold at the two lower points into sections and stitch across. At this point, you can either choose to have them as an inverted pleat or you can have them stick out as a kind of winged effect, I went for the latter. If you do the same as me don’t forget to do two little nicks on the sleeve edge at the start of each pleat because this allows you to sew the cuffs on cleanly.
Other than that slightly tricky sleeve the rest of the blouse went along easily I even managed all of my buttonholes without a hitch…I think the sewing gods must have been smiling down on me at the time 🙂
At first, I did some fabric-covered buttons, but then I realised that they didn’t ‘pop’ enough, so I switched out to gold buttons for some pizazz and I’m glad I did because they compliment the gold sparkles in the fabric. A little note about those sparkles…if you ever get this sort of fabric with foiled sparkles over the surface, just be aware that you can’t use too much heat when sewing up. Iron on the reverse and even on two-sided areas like the collar and cuffs always use a silk organza cloth folded double because you don’t want to risk melting off those lovely details. Other than that word of caution I’m very pleased with my Fibremood Tilly, I love the style and the fabric feels very lovely to wear. I’m definitely a happy bunny and can recommend this charming pattern.
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