Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Hooray! Gertie's portrait blouse

Thank you for all your birthday wishes for Megan. I read them to her and she smiled the whole way through.


I received this book for my birthday two years ago and have just got round to reading it properly. In fact I have read it cover to cover over the last two weeks. The techniques and information are so inspiring. If only I had read it ages ago, when I received it from my next door neighbour, I could have solved a great many of my vintage pattern woes.


I cut out the portrait blouse in the summer when I cut out a peasant style blouse in the same fabric from Minerva. I did that bagging-up-a-load-of-garments thing that I do.


Image from Gertie's book - not me

My own organisation overwhelms me at times! This is what the bag contained when I opened it this week, notes included...It always feels like 'I don't remember doing this', but I must have done it because there it all was.


It was a really easy make. I made one alteration. I made flat darts on the front instead of tucks which made it look a bit strange on the front to me. I wanted a sleeker finish.


The fabric is a slinky,silky fabric from Minerva Crafts.I tried to get a pattern placement 'swirl' in the centre.


I finished the sleeve edges with hand sewn bias binding which I made myself. There is an invisible zip in the side. Definitely worth a cotton version I think.


Thanks for looking Jo x





12 comments:

  1. It really suits you, I love the pattern on the fabric.

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  2. The colour is is lovely and really suits you. I did get a little confused with the picture of the lady with the tattoos as I didn't remember seeing them on your arms in previous posts now I realise that is the picture in the book and I prefer the fabric you have used it really makes the top look something special well done you.

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  3. Wow, Jo! Fabulous!!! What a fantastic fabric!
    And I love what you made from it! It looks great on you! :)
    Have a wonderful week!
    Ingrid xx
    http://myfunkycrochet.blogspot.be

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  4. Looks lovely on you, colour and fabric is very pretty

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  5. It's beautiful and fits you perfectly. :)

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  6. I forsee more of these tops in your future! It looks really great on you Jo and you did really with the pattern placement too. xx

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  7. Wow, it came out beautifully and it looks great on you. I've seen that book online; every time I browse sewing books on Amazon, they recommend that one to me. I'm glad to know it's a good one, I may have to take another look at it.

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  8. You look fab! Your sewing skills continue to impress me so much.
    Well done!
    Meredith

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  9. Thanks for making such a lovely blouse too.

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  10. Loving it! The patterns really funky and your bias sleeves are so neat!

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