“When I grow up I want to be like Gertie” Bow Tie Blouse

The Facts
Fabric: Double Jersey £5 p. metre and 100% cotton
Size: 10 US 
Pattern: Bow-Tie Blouse From Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing: A Modern Guide to Couture-Style Sewing Using Basic Vintage Techniques
Year: Vintag-y 50’s inspired
Notions: None
Time to complete: Morning muslin and alterations; afternoon sewing. It was ready in time for Great british Bake-off.
Did the pattern turn out like the picture or drawing? Yes. I was uncertain on the side dart and now I’m pleasantly surprised. 
Did you make any alterations or modifications? You can see the fit alterations, here. I didn’t add buttons on the back because I felt it would be uncomfortable to wear with coats etc…  I changed the collar so it doesn’t bother me.. it is very tight on the original pattern. 
First worn: Sept 2012
Will you make it again? Yes. I would live to make a long sleeve version with peter pan collar.
What did you particularly like or dislike about this pattern: The shape is very sweet.
Did you use new skills or a particular skill: Nope.
Photo shoot camera: Samsung P210 + Gorilla tripod
Conclusion: It’s my 2nd vintage /vintage inspired item. I am not particulaly crazy about vintage dressing but I am starting to convert on how feminine and easy to sew the designs are. I can see myself making a few more vintage inspired garments.
  • Gorgeous blouse! I love the contrast with the white and the red polka dot – it’s very sweet 🙂

  • It looks sooo cute 🙂 I love your outfit- SO jealous of your shoes! lol!
    I am looking forward to seeing a lot of Gertie’s book’s designs in the blogosphere!

    • thanks Jo. those shoes are really sweet..
      Me too.. I’m really keep to see what everybody is doing

  • Looks great! Thats really good to know you didn’t need to add the buttons on the back, I didn’t really want to add them because I was worried they would be uncomfortable.

    • Good. thats the advantage of making your own. add and remove things

  • Great job! Love the shoes 🙂 This blouse is also on my list for the same reasons that you mentioned: I need more classic and feminine clothes.

  • Excellent result. It looks really pretty and feminine too.

    • thanks. Its very cute. I would love to make a bit longer and use with jeans!

  • Love 🙂

  • Rach I love it. Especially as it is with knit. lol. This might convince me to buy the book. I will put it on my bday list.

  • Woman! That blouse is just incredibly gorgeous! I love everything about it!! Job well done 🙂

  • I love the polka dot and white combo!Looks super summer sassy with the skirt. Nicely done- you’re a sewing machine lately (unintentional bad pun)….

  • Love the contrasting tie! It looks like a great basic piece, I’m sure you’ll get so much wear out of it!
    I can’t wait for more garments to pop up from Gertie’s book.

    • me too. Are you laming any soon? the nice thing about the collar is removable so I can sew many different ones and just keep changing it

  • Awh this is adorable and love your styling on the outfit Rachel – so so cute! I’ve ordered Gertie’s book despite knowing I can’t make anything from it yet! Cna’t wait to check it out now I’m seeing all these lovely things pop up.

  • Oh Rachel, this is such a chic outfit…you look incredible! The blouse is so simple, yet adorable…love it all!

  • Your blouse is of course gorgeous, but I’m finding the more pressing question as about your skirt in those pics… I love it! Please tell me you made it so that I can get the pattern and make one myself…

    • thanks Rach, I didn’t I am afraid. I love this shape too. I got from a store called ‘warehouse’

  • Very classy. Gorgeous! The entire outfit is timeless and very stylish.

  • Well done, Rachel – those muslins paid off, the blouse really looks gorgeous on you! x

  • ohh!! You look fantastic!!

  • It’s really sweet and I like how you’ve styled it too. I really need to do more kimono sleeves too since I hate setting in sleeves so much.

  • love this pattern – it’s on my list too! great version and i really like the red spotty tie!

  • this is beautiful, Rachel! and you look so great in this outfit – red is your colour! I’m trying to resist buying Gertie’s book, but this is making it difficult!

  • This is so pretty! You look gorgeous in it!

  • Awesome top, Rachel!

  • What a cute outfit! You’re looking schoolgirl fabulous!

  • It looks beautiful! And you are so quick with sewing!!!!

  • I love it! I love it! I love it! OMG! I can not stop thinking about how much I love it!!

  • Super cute!! It’s great to see real life makes coming out from gerties book….loving your version if this.

  • thats really pretty – lovely.

  • Gorgeous ensemble! The bow is very nice detail.

  • Such a cute blouse, for such a cute and sweet girl..Love it.

  • Lovely.

  • Great version of this blouse! I really love the contrast bow – you could make up a couple of those bows and interchange them!

  • It’s so cool to see this sewn up, and your version is adorable – feminine and classic. Did you forgo zips and buttons entirely?

  • this is really cute! and quite versatile. i don’t have gertie’s book yet so i haven’t seen the projects in it. is the red tie removable? if so that would be really cool ’cause you could sew different ties for a whole new look.

  • puu

    i love that you made it in a knit, it makes it look so cute AND comfortable AND accessible. the red bow is brilliant.