Tuesday, June 2, 2015

New Butterick Blouse Pattern


I have a new Butterick blouse pattern--and I'm on the pattern envelope and catalog cover! Since I've always done my own modeling for this blog and for my books, we decided to give it a try with my Butterick line too. This is B6217, a retro summer top with various design options. 


Here it is on the real model. 


And hey! Here I am on the envelope cover with the little illustrated ladies. (Speaking of which, how much do we love this Tumblr? So much.)

In other blouse news, here's a little video tutorial on It's Sew Easy TV for adding a back button extension to a blouse pattern. This uses the Portrait Blouse pattern from my first book and adds a little variation to it. You can use the technique with any pullover or side-zip blouse pattern though. The video is only up for the rest of the week, so watch it soon! 
I've appeared regularly on the PBS show It's Sew Easy over the years, but I've never actually watched it on TV! (I don't have cable, and it shows at different times in different states.) They release an episode on the website every week, so you can still watch it even if you don't get the show in your area!

29 comments:

  1. This is so lovely - might have to try this one, I just bought some fabric very similar - red roses seem to be very in vogue right now. :)

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  2. I bought this pattern last week. Cant wait to try it out! So happy to find a FUN button front shirt without a collar! Now I just have to unpack my sewing machine from the move....

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  3. Gertie, I have not only your pattern for this blouse but also the rose print dotted swiss fabric! Did you use any kind of interlining with the fabric by chance? It's a little more sheer for me so wondering if I should add an interlining to make a little more opaque or just wear a pretty camisole.

    Thanks,
    Marla

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    1. Hi Marla, I did not line or interline and I didn't find it too sheer. I feel like the rose print plus the tie band obscures any sheerness. But you could certainly add a light underlining or just wear a cami like you suggest!

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  4. I am excited to try this pattern! And thanks for the tip about the show. I'd love to watch it

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  5. It's nice to see you modelling your patterns as they are much more "you" than the models, and you show them off so much better!

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  6. Just bought the pattern last week! Can't wait to make it :)

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  7. Super cute top, Gertie. When I saw your picture on the cover of the latest Butterick catalog, I smiled. Looking good.

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  8. Hi Gertie! I got my pattern just yesterday and can't wait to try it! I was a bit surprised that there is so much ease build in this pattern. On you and the model the blouse appears rather fitted, not like 6" ease. Are you wearing a smaller size?

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    1. Hi there! I'm not sure why so much ease is built in, it's meant to be more fitted. I would definitely go by your preferred amount of ease rather than the pattern size chart.

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  9. Gorgeous!!! So much sew (had to throw a pun in there) that I am tempted to actually sew clothes! I'm a quilter, and I find quilting so much easier than sewing clothes. Patterns are not my friends. They are like reading Greek! But, I also haven't tried to read very many patterns, nor sew anything beyond a skirt or pajama bottoms. Do you think this would be too complicated for me to try? Thank you!

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    1. Thanks! Why don't you try sewing the sleeveless version first, as a test? Then you can graduate to the tie-front version with sleeves if you like it! :)

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  10. Love this pattern! Try it with a new fabric from our new online fabric store http://www.fabricsforsale.co.uk/ x

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  11. So cute and you look fabulous!

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  12. Congrats, that's pretty awesome! You look great on the cover!

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  13. Nice! What a fantastic pattern! Oddly a combo of your 40's blouse and a bombshell swimsuit I'm sewing right now. I love it

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  14. That Tumblr! OMG I cannot breathe now I am laughing so hard!

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  15. That Tumblr was great!! Just had to add that :)

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  16. Hi Gertie,
    I just had to comment and tell you how much I love this little top. I live in the UK and even on the South Coast our weather is very variable, so knowing what to wear in the summer can be a bit of a lottery. One minute it’s raining and the next brilliant sunshine! But this little top will be great in different fabric weights, on its own or with a cardigan over the top.
    I’ve always loved dressmaking and have even had my own little adventures in pattern drafting, but eventually decided that I would rather stick to pre-printed commercial patterns as I know that – if I’m honest with myself about sizing! – they are likely to fit and at least I can get some idea how they are going to look before I even buy the pattern.
    I like the different sleeve and collar options in this pattern and can even see myself making a version C in home-dyed fabric and adding a cheeky little bit of machine embroidery or lace around the neckline. I love to play around with patterns and see how many different versions I can get out of one pack!
    Anyway, here I am rambling on when I should be sewing,
    Thanks for sharing details of your pattern,
    Margo Price

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  17. What a beautiful blouse. This is totally my style. Thanks for sharing.

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  18. Is this available as a PDF too, or just traditional paper pattern? I love it and think my hoarded Disney Villain fabric would look amazing in this pattern.

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  19. Love that you modelled on the pattern cover Gertie, it makes a nice change.

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  20. This blouse looks amazing! I'd love to download this on PDF ?? I'm not sure I would have enough cherry fabric for this blouse but I think it would look awesome using a white fabric with cherries on it. I hadn't thought of using it with Hawaiian fabric - that's a great inspiration! Kathy from Arizona

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  21. Ms. Gertie:

    I have to say I love your hair. It looks sophisticated, professional and becomes the woman that you are. Oh, and the blouse pattern ain't bad either, LOL. The pink polka is to die for.

    Cheers,

    Lyric

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  22. It is such a helpful tip. Can't wait to make it by myself. Hope mine can be as pretty as yours. Really love it! :)

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  23. I posted the pattern behavior link to a sewing group on fb a few months ago and everyone got VERY mad at me. They all called me a racist for posting it. I found most of the comics on the page humorous (because they are such obsurd pictures), and a few were distasteful (and like all of those things, I personally just keep strolling past it). I always try to be sensitive to others and profusely apologized for offending anyone (and took down the link), and people were just so appalled that such a thing would be posted. I thought that I must be nuts bc I shared it and everyone reacted that way. I guess I'm glad to see that I may not be nuts....

    I've been checking your blog a lot for updates since I started seeing your segments on pbs. I think the navigation might be a little confusing for me bc I didn't think it was active anymore. A few of the tabs say "coming soon" and I saw no place to look for the blog except when I clicked through a post from somewhere else by accident. A happy accident that I have figured it out and was thrilled to see many posts!!

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  24. Just recently found you and your blog and books and have been in love.... Wish I could still find this dotted swiss rose print fabric!

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Thanks for your comments; I read each and every one! xo Gertie

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