Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Peter Pan in Teal

I pushed through my bad mojo last night! I only had handwork left to do on this blouse, and I had the apartment to myself. So I cozied up on the sofa with some reruns of The Office, and finished this baby up.

This is the Peter Pan collar variation of the bow-tied blouse from Vogue's New Book for Better Sewing. It wasn't included in the book as a bonus project, but I thought it was so cute that I had to make it. The fabric is a wool and angora blend jersey from B&J, and it's so soft and cuddly. I don't especially love working with knits, but you just can't deny how comfy they are. Perfect for winter days in the office!

I rocked the bound buttonholes once again, using the strip method, which has become my tried and true technique. The blouse bunches a bit above my waistband, and I'm not really sure what to do about that.

Anyway, I continue to be in love with this pattern. I just adore both versions, and you'll defintiely be seeing each of them again!


35 comments:

  1. It's really nice. I especially like that it's cut in one piece, and that the fit is so good even though the cut is so very simple.
    And I love that blue colour.

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  2. gorgeous, such a wonderful color!

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  3. Love your top... it looks great! Glad your happy with your buttonholes!

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  4. Have you posted about your bound buttonholes? I'd love to know your secret.

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  5. KMQ, I use the method outlined in Issue 140 of Threads magazine. You can order back issues on their website. I totally recommend it! I want to do a video tutorial at some point, but first I have to get a video camera. :)

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  6. Super cute!! Can I just say how darn cute your hair looks that way? I noticied it a few posts ago and kept forgetting to ask how you did it. Do you braid and then wrap it around your head or what?

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  7. Oh I love that! The style, the color and the buttons up the back!

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  8. cheers!

    very lovely done, the color is gorgeous and fits the pattern and style perfectly...
    about the bunching.. i think that may be a) because it naturally is wider than the skirt and tries to glide upwards
    b) because your back (pattern) is too long and you have to shorten it.

    nonetheless, beautiful!

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  9. Thanks for the hair-do compliment, Melinda! It's very easy to do. Check out this link:

    http://hairstyling.suite101.com/article.cfm/crown_braids_and_heidi_braids

    I use the "heidi braid for shorter hair" variation at the bottom.

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  10. Very ladylike and lovely! I wish I could feel that fabric in person, it looks scrumptious!

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  11. Try tucking the blouse into a slip! Or maybe you could rock it as an overblouse and make a little belt to wear over it so you still get the waist definition. :)

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  12. You look stunning, love the color and those buttons are to die for.

    ♥Darla

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  13. You are gorgeous. And so is the blouse. Great!

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  14. Oh, I adore it! I so need to find a pattern like this!

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  15. It looks beautiful. It looks like the bound buttonholes are even nicer on this top than the last one. Brava!

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  16. Wow! that looks wonderful Gertie! you have done a terrific job. The bunching around the waist can be rectified by slightly altering your back pattern pieces, easy fixed!

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  17. I absolutely love this!! Great job!!

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  18. Oooh, that is the perfect little blouse for this time of year, in a lovely autumnal color! Yum!

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  19. Looks amazing - loving the blue, and the peter pan collar adds a really nice interest point.

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  20. Good for you, Gretchen. Sometimes we have to do things even when we don't feel like.

    Your blouse is gorgeous.

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  21. Oh my, Gertie, it turned out smashing!!! The fabric looks absolutely heavenly--and sounds so luxurious. :) Bravo for finishing this up, despite the bad sewing mojo--sometimes it's worth pushing through! ;) (I had to preach this to myself all day yesterday--it seemed everything that could, did go wrong! :p)

    ♥ Casey
    blog | elegantmusings.com

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  22. I thought I was looking at a magazine picture when I first clicked on your blog today. That blouse is very professionally made and looks very classy.

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  23. Gertie, you should use your publishing connections to write a book that includes these exact patterns with modern instructions. Seriously. You obviously have both the sewing/drafting know-how and the writing skills! I want to make every single thing you post, but I'm very intimidated by the vintage patterns. I think it's a great idea that all of your readers would go ga-ga over. :)

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  24. Love the pattern! I'm still trying to find the book. Everything looks wonderful!

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  25. Your peter pan collar looks very nice!!

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  26. You look so sweet in your new blouse - It's lovely! And you're so brave to work with knits...

    BTW, also love your collection of Black Apple Prints!

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  27. Hi Gertie,

    I posted about this blouse and the other one you made on my blog today. Hope you like it.

    http://vintage-angelc.blogspot.com/2009/11/inspiration-secretary.html

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