I've loved wonderful bloggers' Katie's version of the Portrait Blouse, and Rachel's version from My Messings reviews of the Portrait Blouse of Gretchen's book: Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing.
I've constructed my own rendition, a jersey knit, above, after my silk(ish) woven toile failed.
Gertie's book is intriguing! This pattern is only two pieces with facings for the collar. The armholes are very small seams. I should be able to draft a nice silk - but alas, I cannot.
Why? I tried to rotate the darts on my princess-seamed sloper to then alter Gertie's pattern from the book - which I sketched out. But for some reason, my rotation is not correct. Gertie's pattern calls for side darts - and this is where my trouble lies. Rather than construct another toile - I decided to go with two jersey knit fabrics from Mood, bought recently, with alterations based on the first toile.
The second blouse is under construction, while I speak (a wonderful Betsey Johnson jersey knit!). This blouse took me less than two hours to construct once cut. I WILL DEFINITELY make this again - it looks great under suits!
Another quick portrait blouse to follow!