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Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing:: A Modern Guide to Couture-Style Sewing Using Basic Vintage Techniques Hardcover-spiral – Sep 1 2012


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  • Hardcover-spiral: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang; Spi edition (Sept. 1 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584799919
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584799917
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 3.8 x 24.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #78,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Gretchen Hirsch writes Gertie’s New Blog for Better Sewing (blogforbettersewing.com) and teaches sewing in New York City, around the country, on PBS’s It’s Sew Easy, and on Craftsy.com. She lives in Beacon, New York.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Karen on Aug. 28 2012
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This book is the "must have" book for everyone interested in vintage sewing. It is so well organized and the patterns are outstanding. I would wear every pattern in this book. Master instructions are provided for each basic garment, and individual instruction for each unique look. Once you master the basics, changing it up is a snap! Learn to custom fit using the section of the book to learn how to measure yourself and adjust the patterns to get the best possible fit! Gertie gives a realistic overview of what you absolutely need to get started in sewing and what you can live without. I personally love that all the pattern layouts are in the back, so that I can flip to them quickly. Gertie does all her own modelling and explains the techniques so clearly. This book, along with the Colette Sewing Handbook by Sarai Mitnick and the Sew Serendipity Book by Kay Whitt are all the modern sewer needs to improve her skills and make a fabulous wardrobe along the way!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By E. Cunningham on Sept. 6 2012
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This book is highly recommended by me. If you like vintage fashion, but can't afford to splurge on vintage pieces and are interested in sewing, buy this book! The range of patterns and styles is amazing - diverse enough to really be called a wardrobe. I especially like the 1940s designs. Gertie is skilled at clarifying sewing processes, and including and explaining great little couture details in her fashions. The language is accessible enough for a new sewist, but also offers new techniques and great styles making it interesting for the more experienced. It's a great book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Callahan on June 23 2014
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I waited a while before I bought this book and I wish I had pre-ordered it. Gretchen Hirsch is such an inspiring sewist and this book delivers so much. Wittingly written, beautifully illustrated and packed with couture techniques I am so pleased to give Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing prime shelf space. If you're a beginner buy it for the presentation and let it inspire you to get you through putting together your first "easy" pattern. Sewing is a challenge and Gertie's book gives you the inspiration to keep coming back after ripping out a seam or zipper for the fifth time, even if you're not up to the skill level she so effortlessly exudes. If you are an intermediate or advanced sewist - Gertie is very adept at explaining and illustrating the fine art of couture techniques for the non-professional sewist.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ekonni on Nov. 23 2013
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I had to make something from the book before I could post an honest review. Having made the pencil skirt, I can now give you my opinion.

Overall this is a good book. I am still quite new to sewing, so I really bought this book to broaden my knowledge and pick up new techniques. The first half of the book has a lot of sewing tricks and techniques that I will likely use in the future. While making the pencil skirt I referenced a few of those sections. I did find that I still used quite a few internet sources (videos and step by step detailed pictures) while making the skirt. But, I am a very visual person and try to fully understand how to sew all the little details.

There are quite a few different patterns to choose from and beginners should probably start with either the portrait blouse or one of the skirts. The book is not wordy, its written in the same style as Gertie's blog. The sizing is a little bit on the larger side, however, a lot will also depend on the fabric you are using and how you like your garment to fit. I started by drafting a size 4 and had to resize the skirt to a 2, but my fabric had a lot of stretch and the pencil skirt needs to be snug to fit properly. Next I will be making a portrait blouse and the wiggle dress soon :) Oh, you will likely have to spend some extra time tracing the patterns onto your tracing paper, since the pattern lines are all in black and tend to cross over one another in quite a few places.

Like I said before, overall this is a good book, however, I have to point out a few faults. I was a little bit disappointed when flipping through the second section of the book with the pictures of the finished garments. The hems on a few of the skirts were just awful. I couldn't believe that these garments were compared to Couture...
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