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Gertie + Vogue 8815

It’s almost like it was meant to be — a Gertie fabric paired with a Vogue pattern. If you’re familiar with Gretchen Hirsch (AKA Gertie) then you’ll see what I mean. I’ve been following her for a while, even though her vintage style isn’t really my bag. But she has loads of knowledge and now has her own pattern line through Butterick and her own fabric line at Joann’s. I’m a lot more excited about the latter. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve made a retro dress from her chambray bow fabric and loved the quality and comfort of the fabric. So of course I had to buy more from Gertie!


I ended up with 4 yards of this beautiful rose patterned rayon and it sat in my stash until I decided it needed to see the light of day. So here, I introduce you to my Gertie-Vogue peplum top:



Granted, this isn’t exactly 1950’s vintage style, but I think Gertie would forgive me.

I wanted to revisit Vogue 8815 after I made a cute top years ago, but it just wasn’t quite where I wanted it to be. The waist was drafted too high for my taste and I used a stiffer fabric, thus making the peplum jut out.


But not here! The drape of the rayon really helps tone down the peplum and streamlines the silhouette.


Other than wanting to stash-bust, I also make this out of necessity for Me-Made-May. I have a serious lack of good handmade work tops and I knew I would be scraping the bottom of the barrel (closet?) toward the end of the month with trying to find pieces to wear. I remembered how quickly Vogue 8815 came together, so it was decided!

Day 31-16

You may remember this photo from the last day of MMM ’16… made just in time!


I initially lengthened the torso by 2 inches but after basting the peplum to the top, it looked wonky. I took off an inch and that turned out to be the sweet spot. Instead of the waistline hitting at my lower ribs, it now hits just around my natural waist. I’m also enjoying the extra bit of length added for bending-over purposes.


This was my first time working with rayon and now I don’t want to stop! It’s fairly easy to sew with, although I do recommend cutting the pattern pieces out flat with a rotary cutter since it’s a little shifty.


Rayon is also very breathable, which is AWESOME for the blistering hot summer days we have here in Tucson. Hooray for not festering in my own sweat! The real test will be when I wear it during my visit New Orleans in August for work when the humidity is high and the hurricanes are a’comin’. Yes, perfect timing and place for a work conference, right??? *slaps forehead*


I’m also stoked at how the neckline fits. It’s high but I never feel like I’m choking. It also lays nicely all around my neck, so no gaping at the back! Lovely drafting, Vogue.

I’ve been wearing this to work about once a week since it made its debut and I basically wear it as is… but minus those insane 5 inch heels. Ugh, I LOVE them but now that I have some back issues and care more about foot comfort than I used to, these shoes just come out for blog photos for now. BUT I WILL ALWAYS LOVE THEM. #girlproblems


I’m so stoked about this top that I’m already thinking of more that I can bust out. I do want to get through some patterns that have been piling up, so another rendition might have to wait. Maybe until next MMM. ๐Ÿ™‚

Have you sewn with rayon yet? Are you just as in love with it as I am??



14 thoughts on “Gertie + Vogue 8815

  1. *insert heart eye emoji here* Fabulous!! I love that fabric as this top! The drape of the rayon makes the peplum flow so beautifully. And the cropped trousers are the perfect accompaniment! I haven’t tried any of the Gertie fabrics yet but ughhhh I always want to because they look so nice. There’s one that’s a tulle/net with 3-D flowers embroidered on it that I have no use for at all (like, how the f*ck do you sit in a dress–an IVORY dress, even–covered in 3-D embroidered/appliqued flowers?!?!? For real.), but struggle to resist hunting down every time I go to a Joann’s. O_o

    I’ve worked with rayon and have a few lengths set aside for summer dresses, and definitely agree that it can be shifty! I have found that hand basting helps, and rayon challis feels so wonderful that it’s worth the extra time in the end. The only thing I would add is that rayon’s favorite thing to do besides drape is shrink, so punish the sh*t out of it in the pre-wash and dryer cycles. The cellulose fibers also become weaker when wet, so don’t just tug it out from around the agitator in the washer, and make sure to handle it with care as it gets placed into the dryer. (Rather than hurled in a ball toward the dryer…ahem.)

    (Sorry for the novel. I apparently have many thoughts about rayon!)

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    1. Thanks for the compliment and THANK YOU for all of that information on rayon! Srsly, I can use all the help I can get. I don’t know much about fabric (although I picked up enough in my 5 years of sewing to get by). I am definitely hooked on rayon and made a dress in this fabric as well as another dress in another rayon I have! I never knew about the shrinking but I usually try to wash and dry either at the level I would normally or punish it moreso. I have not noticed any shrinkage since my items have been sewn, so whew! Glad I didn’t have that catastrophe. I also didn’t know about the fibers being weaker when they’re wet. I’ll definitely take more care when washing since I usually man handle everything I touch. Sorry, got my rough paws from my grandma! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Would you recommend line drying instead? Or does rayon do OK with multiple dryings? I’ve just been drying my rayon clothes on low on the “less dry” setting, then hang them up on a drying rack to finish them off.

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      1. We share a philosophy on fabric washing. ๐Ÿ™‚ I had a RTW rayon challis dress that I loved, and it got ruined the minute I washed and dried it; it was short before, but now it is indecent!

        I always dry my rayon clothes in the dryer, but on air only (long cycle to dry it all the way–no clothesline here) or low (short cycle until mostly dry, then put on a hanger and hung up on the back of a door somewhere). I, too, like to yank stuff out of the washer and hurl it into the open dryer–one of the many reasons I will never own a top-load dryer!–but with rayon, I’m nicer. I was given a book on fabric not long after I started sewing, and that was a big help! (More Fabric Savvy, I think?) I haven’t had an issue with the fabric looking worse for wear after more than one trip through the dryer, so I think you’re okay! In fact (Warning: Tangential Facts ahead), rayon-based ponte knits are partly so popular among sewers because they withstand wear and washing better than polyester-based pontes, which pill much more readily. As long as you make sure to get all the shrink out of it beforehand (or baby it for its entire life) and don’t rough it up when wet, you should be good to go! ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m glad you feel the rayon love; I sometimes feel that it gets overlooked, even by me!!


      2. Oooh a rayon ponte! I don’t think I have that is my stash. All the pontes I have tend to pill so I guess I have the poly blend. You’re like a walking fabric encyclopedia! I love it! Now I know who to ask! โค


  2. Love that we’re both feeling Gertie lately! lol not literally though because that’s inappropriate. I’ve never done a peplum because I always though it would make me look disproportionate. No need to accentuate the hips more than necessary. It looks super cute on you and it’s making me rethink my feelings. Rayon is a badass fabric. Easy to sew and super soft. I’ve used it on a shirt, dress and skirt. Good stuff!

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    1. LOL @ your Gertie comment! ๐Ÿ˜€ And thanks for the compliment!

      I thought the same with peplums but I find it really brings your waist in visually. I do suggest using a drapey fabric if you go the peplum shirt route, though. I get a few compliments when I wear my peplum tops, so there must be something special to them!

      I will forever be in love with rayon. It’s the best! โค


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