Gertie’s Ultimate Dress Book (and fabric!) giveaway

has a new book! It’s called and it’s pretty wow.

cover of Gertie's Ultimate Dress Book

I really liked that this book is self-contained: I think you could basically hand this book to someone who knows little or nothing about sewing and they should be to get through it fairly well. And it has good instructions for my most-used alteration (expanding the waist, sigh)!

The dresses are really, really, really cute—mostly in that new-retro style that Gertie rocks so well. If you have ever watched a dumb 1950s movie allllll the way through just to see the clothes, this is a book for you. The dresses lean a bit towards the “party dress!” vibe, but there are definitely ways to tone them down a bit for work or just a random Saturday.

My favorite dress is probably the “Plaid Secretary”:

plaid secretary dress

Gertie gives tons of instruction on how to prepare, cut, and match plaids, so if you’ve never sewn with plaid before, this would be a good way to start!

Here’s another view of that collar:

And thanks to Gertie’s publisher, I have a copy (and some fabric from !) to give away!

If you don’t win the Gertie fabric, FabricMart has some very Gertiesque fabrics right now that would be perfect for some of the dresses in this book … check out this , this print, and these pique !

I was trying to think of some heroic task you’d have to do to qualify to win but even trying to think of a task made me tired, so just … leave a comment? (Make sure your comment profile has a linked email address so I can contact you if you are the lucky winner!)

I’ve turned off comments because we have a lucky winner! Thanks for entering, Yael, I’ll be sending you an email about how to get your winnings!

(If you’re looking for a review of , you can find it here.)

Gertie’s book is on a blog tour—you can find the other stops here:

March 8
March 9
March 14
March 18

 

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It’s Not Easy Being Cool

I bought some TOTALLY RADICAL patches when I was in Vancouver:

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I have honestly no idea what I will do with these (I briefly considered sewing the second patch on to something of my son’s as an EPIC TROLL) but they have given me far more than fifty cents (CANADIAN!) of giggles so there’s that.

And no, I have not been invited to any 80s-themed parties (well, not since the 1980s when every party was 80s-themed by default) and I’d rather not sully my Levi’s trucker jacket with these. Other ideas?

I bet this looks familiar

Same old Simplicity 2389 bodice with the skirt. Liberty print (although I can’t remember which one). Edit: It’s .

And, of course, piping. (Nice fat piping on this one!)

The zipper turned out nicely on this one—oh, this me burying the lede, I got a new sewing machine and the new invisible zipper foot is like buttah—post about the sewing machine to come soon.

Here’s a closer view of the bodice, although I think most Constant Readers of this blog could be woken from a sound sleep and draw this from memory:

The pocket piping is barely visible, since the pattern is so busy:

And of course, the back view:

I made about four more of these dresses over the last month, plus two more in a NEW! PATTERN! I’ll try to post those shortly.

Winter Dress: Embryonic Stage

I just got this Liberty Lantana fabric for a winter dress:

Looking forward to the long process of finding JUST THE RIGHT COLOR PIPING to use with this. (It’s probably going to be another dress like this one; I’m a sucker for a fabrics with a dark ground and bright designs!)

Lantana is the Liberty wool/cotton blend—I think it’s 80% cotton, 20% wool. It’s a dream to sew with and it’s very warm. Perfect winter fabric!

I need this for an event in February, so now this just has to arrive at warp speed from the UK (and my sewing machine has to make a speedy return from the repair shop)!

Do you have any winter dress plans?

New Year, New Blog

Hi! I changed my hosting! There’s a new theme! Other stuff!

For a month or so there older posts were missing images (uh, because they were still pointing to URLs from two hosts back …). But they should be back now!

Please let me know if you see weirdnesses or missing things. New posts to follow shortly!