Completed: Blue Portrait Blouse

Another Portrait Blouse! I’m getting closer. So close I may be starting again soon.

Completed: Blue Portrait Blouse

After a proper muslin from an old bedsheet, some suggestions from Sweetheart and an SMS consultation with Nana, we are getting very close. This blue version is the best yet, but it has some gaping issues around the arms above the bust.

Completed: Blue Portrait Blouse

Everything else is fine. Only the future can tell what the next version will be like!


Sew 2012 #027: Purple Portrait Blouse

Here is my third but not final attempt at Gertie’s Portrait Blouse.

Sew 2012 #027: Purple Portrait Blouse

I’m not really digging this version, but I keep it as it’s wearable and would be a good layering piece under jackets and stuff.

Sew 2012 #027: Purple Portrait Blouse - Back

In all keen to get this one right!

Sew 2012 #024: Flight of Fancy Portrait Blouse

Sew 2012 #024: Flight of Fancy Portrait Blouse

Ooh look, a rather dark and grainy photo of me looking rather proud of myself. Well why not I say, I sewed a Top that Fits!

Sew 2012 #024: Flight of Fancy Portrait Blouse

This is version two of the Portrait Blouse. I made this one a little longer, but mostly I wanted to see how the top would be in a lighter fabric. I think this is a cotton voile.

Sew 2012 #024: Flight of Fancy Portrait Blouse

Fortunately the fabric pattern seems to be hiding any fitting woes.

Sew 2012 #024: Flight of Fancy Portrait Blouse: Frog.

Hanging out lookin’ like a frog.

Sew 2012 #024: Flight of Fancy Portrait Blouse: Armhole

Armhole satisfaction. It looks pretty tight in this photo, but I actually have full range of movement and it covers the bits it needs to.

Bring on the next one!

Sew 2012 #023: Crash Velvet Portrait Blouse

I bought myself a gift a while ago, as you do, which was the most amazingΒ Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing.

Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing

I love love love this book! The styles are beautiful and Gertie lays out the instructions clearly and nice for someone with a bit of sewing experience like me can begin to understand. I can’t say how many times I’ve flipped through the pages imagining I’m a better sewist and I’m making all the different versions I can think of.

Being time-poor and pretty new to sewing means it’s taking me a long time to get through my first project, which is the lovely and simple Portrait Blouse. I bought this book over a year ago and I’ve yet to settle on the adjustments to the blouse I’m happy with! Being large-busted means I don’t get the blouse-y effect Gertie gets in the book, instead it looks a lot more fitted. Sweetheart says this a good thing and it looks nice on me. I say I need to get out of the habit of buying baggy or stretch-y tops and embrace this fitted idea. (Posture, please.)

Sew 2012 #023: Crash Velvet Portrait Blouse

So! After having this fabulous book for a month and wondering when I was going to get myself into it, I found myself with a few hours to spare pondering what to wear to a party. I know! A New top!!

Trace, cut and sew a new project in a few hours with no testing to wear that night? I’ve done crazier things. Turns out, I had the top made and pretty well fitting in that time, paired it with myΒ Back Up ChristmasΒ Skirt and off we went!

Truth be told, I just zig-zaged the neckline, armholes and hem and off we went. Such a minor detail won’t be noticed in semi-darkness, right? Well, it wasn’t noticed. ;D

Sew 2012 #023: Crash Velvet Portrait Blouse - Back

The Portrait Blouse was so easy to sew, by the end I was so happy I didn’t care if it didn’t fit me I was happy enough with what I’d done I would finish it and maybe gift it to someone it did fit. But it did fit me, albeit not as blouse-y as I’d hoped and probably about an inch too short to be properly comfortable.

This has started a slew of ‘wearable’ muslins, old-bed-sheet muslins and pattern cuttings. Gertie has totally sold me on the idea of the Portrait Blouse and I am determined to perfect the pattern for my shape and make a million of them!