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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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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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...Read more ›
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great book , easy to understand and follow directions if your going to get one get all 3Published 1 month ago by Powers 4
there are some really nice modern feminine dresses, and there are a few ugly ones
it has patterns in it, you need tracing paper for it, i wanted to photocopy it at a... Read more
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