Then, brilliant and lovely Gertie released a killer pattern using the self same fabric I had purchased! I didn't even wait for the pattern to go on sale before buying it. And bonus, it had an amazing skirt included in the pattern as well.
Before using my red rose fabric, which was on the pricey side even on sale, I made a muslin from a similar weight knit in black. I love Gertie's creative patterns, which often sew together in nontraditional ways. This pattern was no exception, and I had a great time sewing it up. Sadly, the end result proved to be unwearable for me. Gertie's patterns are designed for a curvier figure, and I have run across fitting difficulties with them before. I wrongly supposed that the wrap design would be very forgiving. My test version came out quite short-waisted and because the ties are long, they have some weight to them. End result, the back of the blouse was constantly sliding up out from under the ties in the back. And I had a slice of flesh showing with even my high-waisted skirts and pants. As is, it is unwearable. Sigh, not every pattern is for every girl. I do think the pattern could be altered to fit me better, but I decided I didn't want to use my red roses fabric on it.
So, what to do? I looked to vintage patterns for ideas. I decided on a gently draped, cowl-like neckline. Not being a curvy gal, a full cowl overwhelms me, but a little cowl appears all over the midcentury fashion landscape, and it was calling to me to give it a try.
I used a modern pattern designed for knits, McCalls 6963, purely for that neckline, and was introduced to Palmer/Pletsch Fashion That Fits pattern line. In Love! A bunch of specific alteration suggestions tailored to the specific pattern you are working on. My standard alterations for my top half are hardly rocket science, but I can't wait to try out a pants pattern from this line.
Success. I am happy with my Gertie's Roses top. Definitely a retro influence, but from a modern fabric and a modern pattern.
Not to mention that red roses are right at home in the month of February.
Thank you, Gertie, for your inspiration!
Who inspires you when you sew?
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