Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Butterick 5895 | Patterns by Gertie

My dream of a pretty, flattering shirt that ties at the waist has been realised.


Gertie has been designing patterns for Butterick and I pounced on this one as soon as I saw it. AND I got it on sale. Double score.




It looked easy, then it looked complicated, and after my first attempt I disovered it actually is quite easy provided one follows ALL the instructions.


I used a very thin, very BRIGHT cotton for my second attempt. I have a whole roll of this red stuff so it's good to practice on. It's really quite blinding and not at all as orangey as it appears.


I didn't have four buttons that were big enough so I use six smaller ones.My only gripe about this blouse is that I placed the button holes too far in. Eh.


Aaaaand here is my first attempt, in fabric left over from the cocktail dress. I left out a very small "clip to circle" step at the neckline and the whole thing went haywire. It's wrinkled because I threw it on the floor when "it" wasn't behaving. I might fix it up before next summer.
 
 

No photo shoot today. I'm just feeling too damn special being a woman and all. Bleh.
 

23 comments:

  1. Well you are just too damn special darling ... look at what you made you glorious wench!!! I can't wait to see your gorgeous new blouse on you. I love the keyhole detail above the knot and it looks like the collar is all part of the blouse? I'm impressed:) xoxo

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    1. Yes! The front is cut out all in one piece, including the sleeves, tie ends and the collar, which sort of folds back in on itself.

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  2. I have to get that pattern. LOVE both the top and pant option. LOL, you know how I adore vintage pants.

    Your blouse is fab. Can't wait to see it in a photo op. I totally know what that feeling is like. Get lots of rest! :)

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    1. Thank you :) I really want to make the pants too. I might make them full length though seeing as we're fiiiinally coming into winter here!

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  3. I am sorry you aren't feeling 100% today.

    I love the fabric on the second blouse. It's just lovely.

    Hope to see you modeling try number two very soon.

    HRF

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    1. I do want to fix the blue one now I know how... I'll definitely be parading these around soon :)

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  4. So cute anad vintage!

    I hope you feel better soon xo

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    1. Thanks! It really is such a cute pattern.

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  5. Two times the complete and utter summertime cuteness! Love them both - that really is the perfect summertime top pattern if ever there was one.

    ♥ Jessica

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    1. It almost needs a matching playsuit-style skirt doesn't it? I have a feeling this will become a staple summer item for me.

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  6. Holy crap, that's blouse is GORGEOUS! Love the red floral print!

    Sarah xxx

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    1. Thanks Sarah :) I think I prefer the red too.

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  7. I saw this pattern just recently, but wasn't sure whether or not to give it a spin, as I find blouses so difficult to make and I'm not very good at being able to follow patterns; I have some sort of blindness when it comes to being able to follow any sort of pattern. I think though, I shall give it a miss after reading what you said about it being okay as long as you followed all the instructions. I know I should follow them, but I tend to literally throw them aside and go by instinct.
    Your version is beautiful, really lovely, which makes me wish I were able to make blouses as wonderfully as you do. The fabric you used really makes it for me.
    I hope you feel better soon lovely xxx

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    1. Thank you so much! I completely stuffed the blue one by following my instincts so I wouldn't recommend it for a first attempt at least!

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  8. I live for these and in these shirts in warmer weather. I have so many crop tops/tie tops and I'm not ashamed. Basically I love these tops and you'll look so amazingly beautiful in them as you do everything else.

    I hope you feel better. I too am feeling especially like a woman this week, and I'm counting down the days to when I can wear my high rise white shorts, heh.

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    1. Ha! That made me laugh so much. Thank you :)

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  9. You've done some really hard work here and you deserve congratulations big time.You've made some adorable practical and totally stylish shirts and in multiples.It's pure bliss and I'm sooo happy you let us see it.

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  10. These are really cute. :) I love the fabric you chose for the first one!

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    1. Thanks! I have a tonne of this fabric leftover too, yay!

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  11. Ohhh these are so brilliant! I'm excited to see how you style these beauties! I love both of the fabrics but the first one is my favourite, those buttons are too cute :3

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  12. It is a nice shirt but i can't tell the difference about the neckline but of course I'm not a seamstress or sew at all- But i can say that i love the first one, i love the fabric and the buttons are perfect!

    Ariane xxx

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  13. awesoem. love them both! the big buttons are totally great!

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