After really liking my last Tilly make, I'm just not keen on this one. This is Tilly and the Buttons latest pattern the Orla. As you can see I copied Tilly's black dot version. I cut a size 4 grading in 1 cm at the waist. I'm only 5' 4" and so I shortened the length by 2".
I made a 1" full-bust adjustment which wasn't easy to work around the curved French darts. I did manage to achieve this, but wonder whether this has made the overall top a bit baggy. So what do you do with a make you don't really like .... make another! I had already cut the second one out before I decided I wasn't too keen on the first, so I pressed on.
I have had trouble with the necks being too high for me on Tilly's patterns, it makes me feel a little bit like choking do I lowered the neckline by 1/2" at the front.
From the back I think the fit looks baggy and rather shapeless. You can see that despite narrowing the shoulders quite a bit (I followed the size 1 shaping) the shoulders still look too wide, and the pleated sleeve sort of flops. Having read some other comments about Tilly's patterns I wonder if they are designed for a broadish shoulder, which then wouldn't suit me. The sleeves don't look good at all.
You can see I chose to fit an invisible zip which meant that I cut two pieces for the back.
I think the main reason I won't get much wear from these is that they definitely feel more like tunics than blouses. I don't really wear tunics, because I like something warmer when I'm being casual and smarter when I am at work. They don't tuck in and stay very well. The fabric for both is a slightly slippy rayon mix.
You can see the puffy shoulder here.
The second version has gone straight to the charity shop, and although I've worn the first once I think it will follow soon. Anyway enough of this. I may not have been blogging, but I have been sewing and more successfully; GBSB stretchy jersey dress, mustard Oslo, Chanel jacket, a silk jersey blouse and a Colette Wren to cover!
If you live in the UK you will know about the flooding in Cumbria. I am fine, others have not been so lucky. The photos below were taken a week after the flood on one of my usual walks in the valley where I live. These are normally fields although they look like a lake (snow on the hills now too!). Many have had a terrible time and have been made homeless for Christmas. Some homes still have 3 foot of water in them. At Glenridding they were flooded twice in a week! There are also many wonderful example of kindness and community spirit.
I am really looking forward to Friday ..... two weeks holiday to come and, of course, lots of sewing!