Once again the sewing bug bit me. There seems to be something about noon day lately that gives me a hankering to make something . . to wear that night nonetheless. The 1930s skirt made for a June MAGAM sewing challege still hadn’t been worn nor shown due to lack of outfit completion. As an idea-challenged sewist I simply could not envision that skirt with any other top than the one on the pattern sleeve. The only thing is I am certain this granny would look crazy in a Peter Pan collar. Portrait blouse to the rescue a la Gertie. This book is so cool as all the projects inside have patterns right inside the book. Click the book to get your personal copy. As an affiliate I do get a small compensation at no cost to you.This project took about five hours to complete. A cool way to spend an afternoon, eh? Finally, I get to wear my 1930s skirt and my new shoes. The only thing missing was seamed pantyhose with a cuban heel.
- Fabric – from stash (not sure of fabric content but it smacks of a cotton bend).
- Zipper – originally thrifted, from my stash, 18″ metal. The pattern called for a 9″ zipper. So, I laid the zipper along the length of the side seam, folded it over at the underarm, and tacked it to the side seam. Comfort level was unaffected.
- Bias binding – from stash.
Not sure if it was a vintage zipper or not. Wait, let me check the wrapper for the price . . . 90 cents, J & P Coats. There appears to be yellowing on the white zipper tape. After the fact it occurred to me that perhaps I should have given it a good soaking. Thankfully the lapped installation covers that. Still, I hope it washes away.
This portrait blouse is very easy to make. It could have been completed in less time had I omitted the stay tape at the neck edge and the hand picked the zipper. But, as I pledged to take my sewing skills to the next level something hand sewn needed to be done for this project. I opted to not bind the seams in favor of pinked edges. I understand thatr is a vintage correct seam finish as I am good with that. I am not usually overly concerned with 100% vintage correctness and shoot for vintage “style”. It makes my life simpler with this whole wardrobe recreation that I am going through.
Let’s talk facings for this project. The next portrait blouse that I make will not have them. Bias binding seems a much better way to clean finish neck and armhole edges from what I can tell. Why fuss with a facing? I am sure there is some couture reason to use a full facing on certain garments, but I have not discovered the why in my quest for better sewing skills. Do you know the answer? Omitting the facing would have also saved some time.
This is a nice blouse, sans buttons, with sexy shaping (love those waist tucks), simply can not be beat. We won’t even talk about the less than $5.00 price tag! Now I am all ready for Congregation Bible Study.
Have a good day!