Last year I watched a Japanese series on Netflix called ‘Atelier‘ (wiki link). It is about a young graduate who starts work at a boutique lingerie store. I loved the series – it was a fun and interesting story, and of course, there was lots of gorgeous fashion and sewing geekery! I particularly fell in love with some blouses that the main character Mayuko wore during the middle of the series, such as this one:
She wore quite a few different bow-tie blouses, and I have been ‘needing‘ one ever since. So when I saw the tester call for this blouse by Mummykins and Me I couldn’t resist, and I’ll admit that I jumped at this one even though I was already a little over-committed time wise! But I’m really pleased that I did, because I made this:
This pattern is for a blouse or dress, the front and back bodices are gathered onto yokes. This design feature means that the pattern is so forgiving and will drape to fit any size or shape.
The pattern comes in 3 size groupings:
* Ladies sizes: XXS to 5XL
* Girls sizes: newborn to 12 years
* Dolls size: 18 inch
The sleeves can be either pleated or gathered and come in three different lengths:
* short sleeve
* puffed sleeve
* long sleeve with cuff
And, there are several different collar variations:
* collar with optional fixed bow
* tie neck collar
* both the optional fixed bow and the tie neck collar can be cut in either a wide or narrow width, to give you even more variations!
The instructions are formidable – they include everything and they have just the right amount of detail to help you create the most beautiful garment. The instructions include options for french seams, bias bound armholes, and – if you are making a long-sleeved version – amazing plackets! This will give you a couture quality garment that you’ll be really proud of…or, you can use your overlocker to finish all your raw edges and have a practical, and still beautiful, garment for everyday wear.
I made a short sleeved blouse-length version with pleated sleeve heads – I love these!
I made the tie-neck collar option using the narrow version of the tie (I was trying to emulate Mayuko’s white blouse in the picture above).
The blouse has a nicely curved hem, which tucks in well, or can be left untucked if that works with your outfit better – I untucked it here so that you can see it.
I used small white shirt buttons on the front.
The button plackets were especially easy to get a good finish on – this pattern is really well drafted and the instructions for these trickier details are really well written.
My fabric is a white faille of mystery fibre composition that I found on the throw-out table at Spotlight, apparently its a discontinued line – but I don’t care, it was heavily discounted and a bargain for such a nice fabric. It drapes especially well and gathered nicely for this blouse.
Where to Buy?
The Madison Blouse is available in the Mummukins and Me pattern shop:
Paris Party Skirt
Of course, I had to make a Mummykins and Me Paris Party Skirt to match the blouse. I made it in a dark charcoal/marle cotton fabric. I made a tea-length version and stitched my pleats down, then I altered the pattern to have an invisible zipper at the back. This all worked quite well, so I kept going and added vintage lace trim to the hem. Fortunately I had a lot of this trim, because this skirt does use a lot of fabric and the hem is really wide! But I do feel ever so ladylike while wearing it.
The Paris Party Dress is available to view in the Mummykins and Me pattern shop:
…but this pattern is FREE for members of the Mummykins and Me Facebook Group. If you have a code for this, enter it at the checkout. To get your code, please join the group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/mummykinsandme/, and get your code from the pinned post
I don’t think I will be able to stop at just one Madison though. I think that I would also like to replicate this version, also worn by Mayuko in Ateleier:
I would need to use the wide tie-neck version, and make a couple of alterations to the short sleeve – shortening to cap length and adding a fold-back cuff. I’ll just add that to my “to-do” list.
For your inspiration, here are links to some of the other Madison testers:
Thanks for reading!