I'm a sewing enthusiast in Beacon, New York, with a love of all things retro. This site is all about tutorials, tips, inspiration, and lots of spirited discussion about sewing as it relates to fashion history, pop culture, body image, and gender. My first book, Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing, is now out from STC Craft/Melanie Falick Books! Also look for my line "Patterns by Gertie" from Butterick.
"Complete, step-by-step instructions showing you how to make smart additions to your wardrobe. You can become an accomplished dressmaker while making clothes you will want to wear."
Or so promises the dust jacket of Vogue's New Book for Better Sewing, a fascinating look into home dressmaking in the fifties. According to VNBFBS (hmm, might need a catchier acronym), you can become an expert seamstress, all while making Vogue patterns like "the slim, supple skirt," "the fitted, grey flannel suit," and "the late-day, sheath dress." At the end of the book, not only will you be a sewing genuis, you'll have a fab new wardrobe!
I like it. Please follow me while I attempt to become a couture-level seamstress, one project at a time.