This is my second Mimi blouse, and hopefully you’ll be pleased to hear that the making of this one was a much smoother journey! (If you’d like to read about the many mishaps of the previous Mimi, I’ll link the blog post here.) The fabric was very lightweight so I knew it would gather nicely, and didn’t make any changes to the pattern – which was definitely the problem with the last version!
So, I’ll start off telling you about the cotton. I got in contact with Kirsty of The Fabric Fox after a while of swooning over all of the gorgeous designer fabrics on their website, and she very kindly let me choose anything from their ‘new in’ section for me to use to make a shirt! I would never have been able to afford anything so gorgeous myself without feeling very guilty, so her kindness really did me a favour. I already knew that this would be the fabric I’d pick – the mint version of the Alexander Henry ‘Lovestruck’ cotton lawn (picture below). My plan was to make a shirt that would look as good when I’m in the wheelchair as it would on a day that I could walk, so I knew that fabric choice would be even more important than which pattern I chose to use.
My initial plan was to use the Sew Over It Alex shirt pattern, but when I got to laying the pieces out, I realised that they wouldn’t fit, no matter how much I played pattern tetris. So the Lovestruck Mimi blouse was born. I was initially a bit worried that the gathers on Mimi would distort the print, especially because I wanted the print to be the main feature! But now that it’s all finished, I didn’t need to be worried, and I think that the very bold print actually compliments the feminine shape of the pattern!
The Mimi blouse is from Tilly Walnes’ book Love At First Stitch, which was written specifically with sewing beginners in mind. Her instructions are very thorough, with each of the patterns (I think there are seven patterns in the book) tackling a new technique, which is gone through and explained very thoroughly. Tilly also seems to be able to read minds, and often reassures you that yes, that line of stitching should be there – it isn’t a mistake!
I’ll leave you with some more photos of my blouse now, but please do watch my Mimi make with me videos (part one is linked there) on my YouTube channel!
Speak to you soon, and happy sewing.