Pattern: Portrait Blouse from ‘Gertie’s book for better sewing’.
Fabric: About 1m of silk. I got it on sale from Rubanesque, I paid about a tenner for it.
So, what’s the problem? It fits great and was very easy to put together.
Two problems: the facing wouldn’t lie flat. I tacked it down but it doesn’t look good. In hindsight, I should have used a super-light interfacing.
The other problem is the hem on the sleeve caps. I followed the instructions but really, I should have hemmed them with my little rolled hem foot before I joined the front to the back.
It tucks in really nicely and I have to say, it’s a really comfortable, versatile top. It would look nice with a cardigan and jeans or with a skirt and jacket. Looking at these photos, I think I should give it another go.
As for the book, it’s a keeper but not for a beginner. The patterns are stunning. If you’re a fan of Gertie’s blog, you’ll like the book.