Friday, 23 January 2015

Love At First Stitch- Mimi Blouse and book review

I've been super busy with college work recently, so this post is a bit overdue, but I finally got my sewing machine back! (It only took a week to be fixed but I did miss it dearly) This meant I could finish the Mimi Blouse from Tilly Walnes' book 'Love at First Stitch'. You can read her blog here.

For the blouse, I chose this fabric from John Lewis which was on sale for £7 a metre. The print is really cute and features flowers and mushrooms, with teeny tiny insects on it. The snails are my favourite. I wanted to add piping into the seams, like shown on the variation in the book, but I couldn't find any, so opted instead for a green trim. I really like the style of the blouse, although the sleeves on mine are verging on too tight- not sure if that's the style of it or an error by me, but all-in-all I love the finished result. I did make a small mistake in sewing the buttonholes on the wrong side so it now fastens up the same as a traditional 'men' shirt' but it isn't obvious when you look at it, and it makes me feel rebellious.

Just look how cute the snail is...

Close-up of the buttons 
Sleeve pleat
Here are some close up images of the finished blouse. I absolutely adore the little pleats on the sleeves and, considering it was only the second time that I'd made something with sleeves, I think they turned out well. As for buttons, I used some plastic blueish-grey ones from my local fabric shop, and I think they go nicely. By far the most difficult part of the project was adding the green trim, as it wasn't easy to sew in so it was perfectly straight. (As demonstrated by the above image...) However, the rest of the pattern wasn't too difficult, and was so easy to follow with numerous photos and tips throughout. I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes dressmaking, maybe not to beginners to sewing, but I think there are some projects earlier on in the book which confident sewers ,but who are beginners to dressmaking, would be able to handle. 

I wore my finished blouse for college the other day with my beloved Primark cardie and my new skinny jeans from H&M. I think the blouse works well as an everyday piece and could also be worn with a skirt, tights and boots in winter, or shorts in the summer. I'm unsure as to what my next project will be, I love all of the things in the book but am also quite taken with the idea of making a 60s coat.

Until next time, 

Holly Olivia x

The book is available to buy on Amazon UK- here


  1. That is so neat and I think it turned out really well! :D I wish I could sew, I feel like it would solve so many of my fashion problems, lol. How'd you get into sewing? (:

    Lots of Love,
    Manpreet || Simply-M

    1. Thank you so much! My grandma taught me to sew and I used to make a lot of little stuffed animals and then my aunt (who does a lot of dressmaking) bought me material and a pattern to make a dress and I've been making clothes for about two years now!

      Holly Olivia x

  2. Love this! So inspired. I've made a couple things out of Love at First Stitch and i think this blouse might be next!


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