I don’t think I have to tell you this – I don’t sew much clothing anymore. My sewing machine hasn’t seen the likes of a pant, a blouse or a dress in ages. I managed to sew a sequin skirt for the holidays, and then a coral pink skirt for my last bra workshop, but other than that, it’s been all lingerie, all the time. That doesn’t mean I don’t watch what’s going on in the “normal” clothing sewing sector.
One of the first sewing blogs I followed was Gertie’s. A newbie to sewing, I thought she was so cool with her tattoos and feminine, vintage garments. I still think she’s a pretty cool lady. So, even though we don’t sew the same type of garments, we’re both sewists, and I want to support a fellow seamstresses in any way I can. She just released a new book, Gertie’s Ultimate Dress Book: A Modern Guide to Sewing Fabulous Vintage Styles, and is a follow-up to her last two books – Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing and Gertie Sews Vintage Casual. The book contains 23 dress patterns and is full of a ton of techniques. It’s broken into two parts – the first half covers dressmaking skills such as basic dress construction, finishing details, fitting and working with special fabrics. The second half of the book covers actual projects. If you’re a fan of vintage styles from the 40s, 50s and 60s – this is right up your alley.
She was kind enough to offer one Madalynne reader a bundle of Gertie fabric from Fabric Traditions and a copy of the book! To enter, sign up for my monthly newsletter. If you’re already a subscriber, that’s okay. Tell tell me so below. After, leave a comment with your method of entry and contact information. Contest opens immediately and ends one week from today, March 16. Last, contest is open to US and Canada residents only.
A few other bloggers will be posting reviews this week, so be sure to hop on over to their sites to read what they have to say:
March 8: Brewer Sewing
March 14: By Gum By Golly
March 16: A Dress A Day
March 18: Lish Dorset