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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Broderie anglaise portrait blouse

So I used the Portrait Blouse pattern from Gerties new book for better sewing. First of all I tissue fitted and tilted the dart so it was in the right place for my bust apex. Then I changed the neckline and drafted a collar.

Then when I cut out the fabric I pin fitted to find that I had to move the back 'tucks' to accommodate the hip/waist ratio. Shuffled them up to midwaist.
Originally I planned to add a peter pan collar but I found 2 issues.
1. as in the image above the collar wouldn't sit flat     2. the collar was a little to small didn't have the wiggle room needed for putting it on over my head with just side zip opening.

So made a keyhole neckline with a button. I didn't add the sleeves and kept as original.



  1. Looks great! Love the keyhole, very cute =)

    1. Thanks. Fortunately I found the bias binding in my stash that matched.
      coz I've lined it its actually quite cosy to wear. I can put it with a cardigan and not be too cold without the need for a slip.

  2. Are you going to model it for us!!?? :)

    1. Yeah....but thing is I didn't mean to publish it yet. accudentily pressed the button so I haven't had a chance to take and add the pictures. lol