Lovelies, there is a new girl on the block. Charm Patterns by Gergie. I am so excited to witness the launching of this new independent pattern company. Notice that my pattern is signed! Gertie had a kick-off for her pattern company where people were invited to donate for start-up. If I recall, her goal was something like $8,000 by a certain date. Check it . . .in about a two week span her friends and fans donated something like $32,000. Yesss, talk about a blessing. Different levels of giving received thank you gifts. For a $25 donation in addition to helping Charm Patterns get off the ground I received the Rita Blouse pattern signed by Gertie! Click on the link and see what else Gertie has going on. I won’t spoil the secret.
Gertie is chock full of designs, professionalism and style as she features modern vintage with class and pizzazz. Truly you will feel ultra feminine and ladylike in her designs.
Let me dish the tea on this Rita Blouse. Miss Rita is a peasant style blouse. The kicker is . . . . the waist area is fitted! None of that blousy, baggy look as with normal peasant blouses. This adds a sleek, classy look to what I always felt to be a casual top. Gertie has taken the peasant blouse to a new high. For the daring gal in you try wearing this top off-shoulder.
It is super simple to make with less than two yards of fabric even with a 45″ wide piece! And, you know I’m a big girl. If I had to guesstimate it probably took about two to three hours to make this. It is difficult to tell when a body is doing more watching of Austen style videos than sewing.
The chosen fabric for this top is rayon challis purchased via eBay. There is a side invisible zipper that goes in oh so easy. I tell you I have fallen in love with the invisible zipper. Finally after all these years this morning I ordered the special foot for installation. I am wondering if the install will be picture perfect every time. Sometimes with my regular zipper foot I must rip and make adjustments (usually from me rushing or not paying attention).
The bottom line: Yes, I will be making more of the Rita Blouse. Oh, there is a sew-a-long being formed as we speak. You have GOT to get in on it.