I’ve finally gotten around to my first refashion! I bought this top at the thrift store when I was in Binghamton, New York and loved the print of the fabric. I’m a huge sucker for anything black and white. The shirt was about 14 sizes too big. Here is my before shot:
I decided to make Gertie’s Portrait Blouse from her book Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing.
First things first, I had to cut out those crazy should pads!
Even Guinness had something against them!
I unpicked the seams on the sides and the top of the shirt. I then folded each piece in half…the pattern fit almost 100%.
The pattern is very simple and instructions were easy to understand. The only real issue I had was that the fabric was so insanely slippery! I was getting very frustrated because it seemed to have a mind of its own. On the care label it said 100% polyester. I can’t tell exactly what type of fabric it was but I’d call it “slippery little sucker”!
Anyways, here I am wearing it:
I have realized that almost every post I’ve made has Guinness in it. He’s always photo-bombing anyway and I can’t help that he’s the cutest doggie on Earth and needs to be posted all over the interwebz He does get annoyed by the flash over and over though:
Back to the blouse… I highly recommend this pattern, it’s super simple and a great wardrobe builder. One thing I can’t stress enough is that it is very short – I had to add 2 inches to the waist and I still feel another inch would have been better. I made a size 4 and it seems to be a perfect fit.
This is the second Gertie outfit I’ve made from her book. The first pattern was the Pencil Skirt and I have made 2 versions of that: Black Pencil Skirt & Mad Men Challenge Pencil Skirt. I am currently working on a third outfit from the book. Do you have the book? What are your opinions on the patterns?
BONUS SHOT! Check out my handsome photographer and husband <3