FO: Portrait Blouse

This is a top I finished well before Christmas but I’m not happy with it.

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.

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