Queen Mathilde

Still working through my blogging backlog so today’s post shows me with shorter hair! I can’t believe how much it’s grown so maybe I should get it recut!

This is a Tilly and The Buttons Mathilde with 3/4 sleeves similar to my ikat version. I used a crown and queen print polyester from Abakhan in Manchester and floral white buttons from my stash.

It’s very thin and can really hold a crease – so it’s nice to wear in this sticky weather and the pleats sewed up easily.

I’m not really a royalist. I don’t have strong opinions either way about the monarchy and royal family. Part of me worries about how much support we extend to a very large family to provide a better quality of life than most people could even dream of. The other part of me feels that they’re a vital part of my country’s success and intrinsically tied to my perception of British culture.

I know there are people I am close to who fall on different sides of the argument and I don’t think me wearing a queen print top should rattle anyone, but it did make me pause for a second before buying the fabric; “does this say something about me politically?”

I guess the same way I wonder if buying polyester says something about me.

Deep thoughts for a simple top I suppose.

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  1. Loving the colour. Very Royal blue! From afar the Queen’s head looks like little fishes! You know how us Thomas’ like fish. Well done!

  2. To be honest I wouldn’t have even know there were queens heads on the fabric if I didn’t look closely – swirlyicing is right, they look like fishes! I love the royal family, they’re an integral part of our country and it wouldn’t be the same without them so I love this top!

  3. It’s fish for me too!! I love having the royal family with all that history although my husband moans at me for it! A great Mathilde in fantastic fun fabric x

  4. Love the blouse, great colours. I’m on side with the royals as well. It makes sense to me to have a head of state that holds hardly any power, a sort of checks and balances system I guess

  5. What an interesting train of thought! Here (USA) we don’t have kings and queens and never have — so I thought you had little fish on your shirt. I personally don’t get it, but the tabloids here are obsessed with William (?)(the blonde one) and his growing family, and many people watched their wedding (online?). So perhaps having an inherited leader is something that resounds with people of all national identities and walks of life.

    1. The William and Kate mania is pretty entertaining. I know many Australians and Americans who go crazy for news about them. I’m enjoying hearing everyone’s thoughts about royalty

  6. I’m looking at your lovely top and the references to the monarchy, and I’m like wha? They look like little fishes to me! Until I zoomed in to see it was actually a crown and a bust! haha! I wouldn’t worry too much about it 😉 Lovely Mathilde though!

  7. Lovely! Big fan of royal blue (I’m probably similarly torn on the royal family). I do like button-down backs, despite a disappointing experience with Colette’s Sencha Blouse (my fault, not the pattern!).

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