Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The Portrait Blouse

I have finished something. Yeah! First time in a while!

This is my version of the Portrait Blouse from Gertie's New Book For Better Sewing.

The fabric is a soft lawn like fabric that drapes nicely. I picked it up for about $3/m on sale at the Peterborough Fabricland a while ago when we were visiting friends at their cottage. I originally had a blouse with ruffles in mind, but then remembered I am not a ruffles person, so when I saw the Portrait Blouse, I knew it would be a better style for me.

With side bust darts and two tucks at the front and two at the back, this sleeveless blouse is very quick and easy to stitch up. For the sleeves and bottom edge I did a very narrow hem and the neck has a facing.

I tried it both untucked and tucked in and both ways look good I think. I will be able to wear it with trousers or a skirt for work, under a little jacket

Now off to finish the Pencil Skirt, also from Gerties Book! Just the hand stitched hem to go.


  1. Looks lovely Debbie, and very versatile.

  2. Beautiful! I bought some of this fabric too, and foolishly cut out a shift dress in it without thinking things through... and it's currently balled up on my floor in the UFO pile! Glad yours turned out better! :)

    1. It is not the easiest fabric to work with, luckily this pattern is easy to sew.

  3. Really lovely little blouse, gorgeous colours, and as you say, very versatile.

  4. Thanks! I already have a second way ready to go! White eyelet fabric.

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