I've had the Tilly Buttons love at first stitch book for years, yet I'd never made the Mimi blouse. I think that at the time I purchased the book it was too difficult, then I'd totally pushed the book to the back of my mind until recently.

I really love the vintage style of the blouse, the deep v neck, the Chelsea collar, the gathered bodice and the pleated sleeves make it a super stylish make.

The fabric that I've used is a checked cotton lawn in grey and burgundy. The size of the check was perfect for this blouse.

The fabric washed well, was easy to work with, and it pressed really well too. It's quite a light weight fabric which is perfect for the soft gathers.

I mentioned earlier that the sleeves have a cute pleat detail, it is then finished with a sleeve facing which is stitched to the inside, you can see the pleat detail below. 

The blouse has a yoke and gathers at both the front and back, this makes the back a little more interesting. You also have the option to add a piping if you really want it to stand out.

One thing I'm super happy with is how the pattern matching turned out. It's always a worry with a checked pattern as it's so noticeable if it's not quite right but thankfully it worked out beautifully. 

I also love the relaxed fit of the blouse. I made a straight size 2 but I did reduce the fabric in the bust area ever so slightly as I think it's drafted for a B cup and I'm an A cup. To do this I simply slashed and closed the pattern up a little to reduce the amount of fabric in this area.

My favorite element is the Chelsea collar. I really wanted this to stand out so I used a contrast plain grey cotton. I think that this really helps to pull out the grey Colour in the pattern and makes the collar really noticeable.

I thought that I'd also share a few photos of how the blouse looks tucked in, here it is with boyfriend fit jeans.

And here it is with wide leg black trousers.

I'd definitely recommend both the pattern and the fabric. The fabric is really inexpensive and a classic style. I will probably wear this Colour way more so in autumn/winter but really love how it turned out.

Thanks for reading and happy sewing.