Saturday, January 19, 2013

Gertie's Portrait Blouse

So I was strolling through JoAnn Fabrics the other day on my lunch hour trying my best to avoid the fabric section.  Let's not kid here I didn't try really hard at it.  I always have to visit the clearance section and my no buy rule has pretty much went out the window.  So I came across what I thought at first glance was a hideous jungle print.  Something I would of never looked at twice if it wasn't for Jungle January going on right now at Pretty Grievances.  My blog roll is swimming in  leopard, tiger and zebra prints that have opened my eyes to stepping out of my own comfort zone.  If anything @ $1.50 a yard and being a shiny polyester this would be good for a muslin.  So I bought a couple yards anxious with how it would turn out.  I chose to make Gertie's Portrait Blouse...


Gertie's portrait blouse

If you don't have Gertie's book you should really really get it!  It's jammed packed full of Gertie's own vintage patterns and variations.  This is the first pattern I've make from the book besides drafting my own peter pan collar with her instruction.

This top was easy peasy!  A total of 4 pattern pieces all cut on the fold.  I mean how much easier do ya want.  You could trace, cut and sew all in one day!  Sweeet!  There are bust darts, front and back tucks for hugging your curves and a side handpicked lapped zipper to keep in line with the vintage feel.  I opted for an invisible zipper well cause I'm lazy.  The seams are all finished with pinking shears also to keep in line with the vintage feel, seriously..not because I'm lazy!


Gertie's Portrait Blouse

I cut a size 2 based on my bust size.  Next time I will cut a size larger and adjust if needed.  The armholes are a little tight and  I was only able to use a 1/2 inch seam on the sides or it would of been too tight in the waist area.  You can see it is really short so I will add about 3 inches to the length as well.
 
It's short!!




Obligatory "rawrr" pose 

Gertie's portrait blouse
I rather like it with this orange cardi.


Have a great weekend! Catch ya on the flip flop!

26 comments:

  1. Yeah I like it with the cardi. A cool funky vibe. threadnoir.blogspot

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  2. No way you could walk past this piece of fabric - great top you have made with it - just perfect for Jungle January...J

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  3. I love it! And I have to say I'm sort of surprised this is your first foray into animal print - you have the sassy look and attitude to carry it off! (That's definitely a compliment!)

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  4. he he thank you! I don't know why I've never worn animal print. I like it and it's in my home decor some. I do own a pair of leopard print flats.

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  5. Thanks!! I am pleased with how it turned out!

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  6. Way cute, duder! Love this on you! I love this pattern and I'm not really sure why I haven't stitched it up yet. It's super sassy in animal print! But LOL at you "avoiding fabric"... in JOANN'S.

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  7. This is super rad!!!! Loving the pattern and the fit :D

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  8. Yeah that's like trying to avoid candy in a candy store! bahaha!! You should definitely make this, is so quick and easy!

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  9. Really great top. I'm loving the stripey animal print for that pattern.

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  10. So cute!! It rocks with that orange cardi!!

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  11. So cute I just saw your post on PR and had to come check out your new stuff. Love this top its such a nice colour and perfect to suit your awesome hair style. You always have the best hairstyles!! I've gotta check out these patterns I think!! :)

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  12. Very grrr. Great style option with the cardi

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  13. That turned out great! And the fabric actually looks pretty darn good in that top. Nice!

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  14. Why thank you!! Yes you should check this book out! There are tons of patterns in it and they are all so cute! Gertie rocks!

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  15. Thanks! I was really happy with the way it turned out too!

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  16. Ooooh I love it! Well done. I reallllly want Gertie's book, but no new patterns allowed for now! Maybe next year... this is one hot "muslin" :D

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  17. Oooh, so glad you're rawrrrring with us. This print totally suits you, and the cardi styling is perfection. I haven't made anything from the Gertie book yet. This sounds like a fun project to try. So cute!!

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  18. Miss Crayola CreepyJanuary 21, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    The fit looks really good!

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  20. Hi, saw your snippet at We Sew Retro and decided to stop, drop, and smell the roses with a visit. I like your version of the Portrait blouse and especially appreciate the 4-1-1 on your construction of it. Now I see I'll want to lengthen it among other things. Thank you.


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  21. Thanks for stopping by! Glad my review was helpful!!

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