It's no secret that I adore Gretchen Hirsch's sewing book, Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing. When I saw that she had a class up on Creative Bug based of of one of her book's patterns, I knew I was going to have to try it out eventually. Taking advantage the site's free 14-day trial, I whipped up this blouse for my latest MC Blogger Network project:
Sorry, there's not going to be much of my face in these pictures. I've had a pretty nasty cold for the past week and I feel like I look hideous in all of the pictures with my face right now. But anyway, the blouse. This is the latest in my longtime search for a nice, white vintagey blouse. While it doesn't suit my every need, I quite like it. In the class, Gertie shows you how to alter her pattern from a round scoop neckline to a v-neck with a sailor collar. I chose a nice, dress weight cotton from Minerva Crafts for this project. It has a faux-linen look to it that I think works quite well with this style of shirt.
I did a little decorative criss-cross stitching on my collar- something subtle, yet a nice detail if you're looking closely.
Usually I'm not super pleased with how release pleats look on me, but this blouse is fitted enough that overall I'm satisfied with the silhouette. You get in and out of this shirt via a lapped zipper in one of the side seams.
For this project, I used my rolled hem foot to create a narrow hem on both the sleeves and shirt hem. Having a narrow/rolled hem foot certainly makes this easier, but Gertie also shows you how to do that in the class the "old-fashioned" way.
If you're interested in making this blouse yourself, Minerva Crafts is selling a lovely kit with all the materials, and like I said, you can take this class for free with Creative Bug's free trial.