Friday, August 27, 2010

Gertie's New BOOK for Better Sewing!


Wow. Big news today, readers: it seems that I have gotten a book deal based on this little blog. That's right! It's with many excited butterflies in my stomach that I announce that I am very lucky to call STC Craft/Melanie Falick Books my new book publishing home. This has been in the works for some time, and I've been dying to tell you all about it. Now that I can, I feel quite overwhelmed by it! Let me start from the beginning and tell you how this all came about.

Earlier this year, I got an e-mail from a craft book agent named Caroline Greeven, asking if I would be interested in talking about a book project with her. It turned out that she's represented some of my favorite craft books, like the Built by Wendy series and the Alabama Chanin books. So, of course, I was eager to talk to her.

Caroline and I connected right away and then pretty much got right to work. And she was wonderful, helping me take the kernel of an idea and turn it into a detailed, 40-page book proposal. Fast forward to this July, and the proposal was ready to send out. I went on a series of meetings with craft book publishers, all of which were fascinating in their own way. I was especially excited to meet Melanie Falick at Abrams/STC Craft. Who doesn't love her gorgeous, beautifully made craft books? (Like Weekend Sewing, Last Minute Knitted Gifts, and Alabama Studio Style, just to name a few.) Melanie and I definitely hit it off, and she is such a pro at this kind of book. So I was absolutely thrilled when she was the one who ended up acquiring the project, with the deal sealed just this week!

You might be asking: but what is this book going to be? Good question! The tentatively titled Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing will be a modern guide to couture-style sewing using basic vintage techniques. I've always emphasized the use of good reference books on this blog, and that's what this will be! It is going to be packed with the kind of construction details that you see in an impeccably made vintage suit or dress: like hand-picked zippers, bound buttonholes, and padstitched collars. Secondly, it will be a retro-stylish pattern book, featuring 10 customizable wardrobe essentials inspired by Vogue’s New Book for Better Sewing (made and modeled by yours truly!), as well as instructions for adapting vintage and contemporary patterns. It will have lots of fun sidebars throughout, on everything from vintage sewing machines to feminism to retro foundation garments. Basically, all the stuff that you've come to expect from my blog, in book form!

I've got to say, it feels decidedly surreal to know that I'll be the author of a sewing book, especially from such a well-regarded craft imprint. My emotions flicker spastically between ecstatic glee and nervous incredulity. After all, I'm certainly not a sewing expert in the traditional sense of the word. But I hope I've proved that I'm a passionate and tireless student of the subject. And, above all, I hope my book will make you feel how my favorite sewing books make me feel: inspired and ready to tackle new challenges and create beautiful things.

The next year will be a whirlwind of creating the book and I couldn't be more excited. It will most likely release in fall 2012, which probably seems far away but I have a feeling it will be here before we know it!

So that's my big news, readers. I want to thank each and everyone of you! This wouldn't have happened without the blog's success, and the blog's success wouldn't have happened without you. Here's to an exciting new chapter!

247 comments:

  1. Congratulations! Such awesome news! I look forward to seeing all the posts on the new chapter in your life, and of course, the book itself in 2010.

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  2. Congratulations! This is really wonderful news! I'm looking forward to the release of the book :-)

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  3. Congratulations - totally deserved!! I'll be pre-ordering on Amazon as soon as you've written it!

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  4. Wow, congratulations! What an exciting news. I am a relatively new reader of your blog, but could already see how talented you are. Looking forward to the release of your book, I'm definately interested in getting a copy!

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  5. that's amazing news and 100% deserved! Congratulations - I look forward to buying a copy.

    Well done again!

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  6. Wow Gertie, how awesome is that? I'll be sure to pre-order your book as soon as possible :) Congratulations, you really deserve it!

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  7. Thats great, congratulations!ings fom Berlin, Catherine
    Im looking forward to it :-)
    Greet

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  8. Wow that is fantastic, huge congratulations to you!

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  9. What amazing news! Congratulations on your book deal; keep us posted as to when it will be available for pre-order. I'll be sure to put your book at the top of my list :)

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  10. Congratulations! You already inspire so many! Now you can inspire even more people!

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  11. Wow! This is amazing news, Gertie! Congratulations!
    I'm already looking forward to your book.

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  12. This is amazing! Well done you! When I read about the ten patterns, I'm ashamed to say I actually gasped in delight.. Bring on 2012!

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  13. What great news! Congratulations!

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  14. Wow, grand news! Congrats, i'm sure you'll do a great job.

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  15. Congratualtions! Can't wait to see the book.

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  16. Congratulations! Sounds like a fantastic idea and I can't wait to see it!

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  17. Congratulations! I can't wait till the book is published - I'm sure it will be awesome!

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  18. Congratulations!!! Now you and Jeff will both be famous authors!! Can't wait to buy the book.

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  19. Gertie, that's fantastic! Totally deserved of course, and I can't wait to get my copy!!
    x

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  20. I am so excited for you. My daughter and I own a fabric store in a small town and we have had fun following your blog and telling our customers about it. We will be thrilled to stock your book as soon as it's available. Thanks to you and some other dedicated bloggers we are seeing so many people become interested in garment sewing again. Bravo!
    PS...If you feel like coming to Minnesota for a book signing we'll throw you a great party.

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  21. Wow Gertie, those are great news, congratulations! I'm sure you'll inform us when the book is released, we're all looking forward to see it and read it!

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  22. Congratulations!

    I have been following your blog for a while, but since I have it in my google reader I am often too lazy to comment. Anyway, today I had to make a comment. I'll be looking forward to reading you book!

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  23. Congratulations! that is SUCH FANTASTIC news!
    A brilliant concept.
    I'll buy it.

    well done

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  24. Long-time reader who has never commented de-lurking to say, Holy crap, CONGRATS!

    BRAVO!

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  25. OMG! That's superb news Gertie! If the book turns out even half as delightful, friendly & easy to read as your blog is then it's bound to be a success.

    Q: How on earth would you fit it into 40pages though it's gonna be a bit more I'd guess? LOL!

    P.S. Naughty of me to ask... but will there be a discount on the book for your Blog followers pretty-please? And, will it be available in the UK / via Amazon / other online retailers etc. please?

    Best wishes & bravo,
    Seemane

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  26. Congratulation, Gertie !
    I love your blog and I'm eager to get the book to be...
    I'm excited for you - and for myself, since I know i'm going to love it!

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  27. holy moly, that's great! congratulations!

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  28. Congratulations! I can't wait to see it!

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  29. congratulations! i'm definitely going to get that, sounds like a very useful book! i've started sewing a while ago but i'm just getting the hang of it.. and now some friends (who are quite new at sewing) and me will be having sewing nights this winter, to help each other and make pretty stuff. we're already planning our first fabric shopping trip!

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  30. Congratulations!!! I can't wait to read the final version!

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  31. congratulations! until a couple of months ago, i was an acquiring editor for oxford university press, and it was always the greatest thrill to sign a new author. i'll buy your book!

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  32. Congratulations! You are a wonderful author already!! Can't wait to read your book!

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  33. Yay! Good for you!! I will be getting one as soon as it comes out!!

    Congratulations!

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  34. Brilliant! You're the new Julie/Julia blog-y success story! And you so deserve it- you have put so much of yourself into this...I'll buy a copy for sure!

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  35. I'm truly so happy for you! This is fantastic news! Congratulations! You really do deserve it! I can't wait to buy a copy!

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  36. Congratulations! It sounds like it is going to be a vintage sewer's workroom essential!

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  37. Congratulations, Gertie! How exciting. I find that you write excellent tutorials, and I think you'll do a smash-up job of writing a great sewing primer/reference exactly because you are not a traditionally molded sewing expert. You've done your share of book learning and figure-it-out and I think it makes you excellent at instructing others. Good luck with that little bump called writing it!

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  38. Congratulations, Gertie! That's awesome news (though I am not even a tiny bit surprised, considering that you write so well, provide such consistently excellent content, and have such a deep passion for your craft).

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  39. Coming out of lurkdom to add my congratulations. I can't wait to see the book!

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  40. Congratulations! You definitely deserve it. :-)

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  41. Oh Gertie, how thrilling for you...and us!! I am betting that this is just a first step for you.

    I will certainly get your book...but I would love to have it signed!!!

    Congratulations!!

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  42. Congratulations! Wow, this is so exiting! I'm definitley getting your book when it's released, I've often thought that I would have loved to have your wonderful sewing technique posts in book-form, abd here's the answer to my dreams! =)

    Good luck with the writing, I'm sure it's going to be amazing (both the bokk and the making of it =) )

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  43. Hurray! How exciting, can't wait to buy your book!

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  44. Oh, how exciting! It sounds like it will be a wonderful resource. I cannot wait for it to come out!

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  45. congrats! You do deserve this. You work so hard on your blog posting something new and always inspiring and funny and personal. I look forward to the book the same way I look forward to reading your poasts every morning.

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  46. That's so AWESOME!!!!
    Dear me, another book to add to the wish list of Amazon!

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  47. Congratulations! I look forward to ordering your book!!!

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  48. Wow oh wow. Congratulations. Sounds like a book that I will definately be needing on my bookshelf. Have fun and enjoy the process.

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  49. Hurrah! I'm so excited for you and can't wait to see the result. Your book is one I will definitely be buying as you are so good at making things approachable and easy to understand. Congratulations, you really deserve it.

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  50. That's awesome! I can't wait to buy a copy also - not that we should wish our lives away - but roll on 2012!

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  51. congratulations! I can't wait to see it -- and to buy a copy for me and maybe also for a friend. :-) and I love that you'll be modeling the included patterns, too!

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  52. Congratulations! This is exciting news!

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  53. aren't you just the cat's pajamas!! That is great news Gertie! I am so excited for you and for your book!

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  54. How exciting for you
    how lucky for us

    I've not been a Follower for long
    but certainly have been inspired by you zeal

    2012 seems a long wait for this goodie

    Gerry

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  55. Congratulations! I'm so happy for you. It's already on my wish list. I have complete faith in you that book will be as useful, witty and inspiring as your blog is. And let's face it, anything with lovely vintage inspired outfits in and great sewing know-how is always going to be a hit with this crowd. I'm counting the days till its release with baited breath...

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  56. hell yeah! can't wait :)

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  57. Congratulations! I can't wait to own it, and give it to my retro/sewing friends as gifts too!

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  58. Congratulations! I can't think of anyone who deserves it more. Wow two published authors in the family! How cool is that! I hope this doesn't mean though that you'll be sewing less. I do love to see your new creations.

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  59. Congratulations! Love your blog and can't wait to see it translated into a book.

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  60. Felicitations! Can't wait to read it.

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  61. Yet another congrats here! I can't wait to read it.

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  62. Congratulations--I'm so excited for you!

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  63. That is fantastic news! Congratulations.

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  64. Wow!!! Congratulations!!! I can't wait to read it.

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  65. gertie, that is AMAZING. i am simultaneously jealous and proud (or, as proud as someone can be for someone they don't personally know ;). i normally think "blog books" are dumb and overratted, but i have no doubt that this one is actually going to be fun and full of useful information and oh god i need to preorder my copy as soon as it becomes available.

    congratulations!! this is a big deal and you should be every bit as excited as you possibly can :D

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  66. Congratulations Gertie! You have educated and inspired so many of us with this blog. How exciting, two authors in the family. :) I can't wait to get my hands on your book. I know it will be fabulous!

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  67. Congratulations, Gertie! Fantastic news.

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  68. Oh! I'm misty eyed!
    So much congratulations, Gertie... You are a solar system of inspriation.

    Again, congrats!

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  69. Oh, that's really exciting! Congratulations, from me, too! It certainly sounds like a book I'd love to get when it comes out... full of useful tips!

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  70. Oh, wow, so happy for you! Congratulations! I'll pre-order it the second it's available!

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  71. It sounds like a book I'd love to own....fortunately in the meantime I have your blog, and as a relatively new reader I still have a lot of archives to read. Congratulations, I can't wait 'til it's out!

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  72. OMG! That is fantastic news! Congrats. :)

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  73. Oh Gertie that is duch fantastic news. You are my online resource book at the mo. If I can't figure something out I usually check if you've posted about it before looking elsewhere. I think a book full of your help and advice will be brilliant!! I will certainly be adding it to my library :o)

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  74. Congratulations!!! That's fantastic! I know what will be on my Christmas list next year :D

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  75. I am so excited for you. I cannot wait to get my hands on your new book. Fall/2012, please hurry. This is just amazing. Did you ever in your life think something like this would happen? You are living a dream. Of course, you have worked very hard on your blog and deserve nothing less. My sincere congratulations.

    Trudy
    www.sewingwithtrudy.blogspot.com

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  76. CONGRATULATIONS!!! I will be looking forward to Fall 2012. You are a fantastic teacher in this blog--the medium of print will not know what hit it!

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  77. Congrats! I'm sure it'll be a labor of love for you and a great read for us!

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  78. Congratulations!! That's wonderful :D I've been reading your blog for a while, but never had the guts to comment until now. Way to go!

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  79. Many, many congratulations! This is very exciting news for you! As a relatively new sewist, I'm looking forward to the book (as well as to the upcoming Lady Grey sew-along)!

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  80. Congratulations from a very proud Mom! You have worked hard and your writing is always entertaining. Hope I get the first autographed copy. Love you!

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  81. Thought you might enjoy this funny take on fifties fashions, courtesy of one of our contemporary cartoonist-bloggers. ...BTW, congratulations! http://uncleeddiestheorycorner.blogspot.com/2010/08/womens-fashion-in-50s.html

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  82. Awesome news! Congrats! You really deserve it!

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  83. Congratulations and good luck! It will be a lot of work but I'm sure you will have fun with it.

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  84. Congratulations! Best of luck, and I *cannot* wait to see the final result!

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  85. oh my god lovie this truley is fantastic news could not be happier for you xx

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  86. Coming out of my dome of silence to add my congratulations. I've learned a lot from your blog; you deserve your high reward.

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  87. Well, if that isn't completely awesome! Big congratulations! I'll get this one.

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  88. Congrats Gertie! I think I many have to do another drawing of you for further congrats. :)

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  89. Fabulous news!!! Many congratulations. I am looking forward to adding your book to my library!!

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  90. And I'm at work and thinking : after all isn't it the dream of every publisher to work with authors who are themselves publishers ? This Melanie Falick must be absolutely DELIGHTED !

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  91. Congratulations! Sounds like a fantastic concept and so perfect for you. It's bound to become a classic in everyone's sewing library.

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  92. oh gertie! i am SO THRILLED for you - and so EXCITED for me! i get to own your book! <3

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  93. Congratulations that is such exciting news!

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  94. Wow! What a wonderful news! I'm so happy for you and so exited to get my hands on your book!

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  95. Well done! Can't wait to see it!
    :-)

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  96. Congratulations!!!! I'm a fan of your blog, I'll be one of your book!!!

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  97. Wow! I look forward to owning your book!

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  98. Cibgrats! That is amazing! It couldn't have happened to a sweeter or more deserving blogger! I love your approach to, not only sewing, but blogging. You talk to us like we're colleagues and not students and genuinely seem interested in learning as much from us as we do from you! Before you get rocketed into craft book super stardom, make sure you pull a few books aside and sign them for us OG blog readers! Congrats again, Gertie!

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  99. That's the best news, Gertie! SO proud of you. Let us know when it's pre-orderable and whether or not you're going on a book tour (squee!). You totally deserve this fantastic honour!

    SOOOOO excited!!

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  100. Wow!!!! That's awesome and SO WELL-DESERVED! Can't wait to read it :D

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  101. About time! For months I've been thinking, 'Why hasn't a publisher offered Gertie a book deal yet? Are they all crazy?' You and your loved one are both going to be published. How exciting is that! Very well deserved. And your knowledge of the publishing industry will undoubtedly help in this process.

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  102. FANTASTIC! YAY! that is so exciting! I'm definitely buying it!

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  103. Oh my goodness, this is awesome! I can't wait until it comes out!

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  104. Since I am on the west coast, and comment #114, I'll just say...

    wow! Congratulations and please keep us up to date as this project rolls along. I'll definitely be buying a copy.

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  105. That is FABULOUS! I am beyond excited for you. Let us know when you go on your book tour. You MUST stop in L.A.! :-)

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  106. OMG Gertie, I'm gonna cry!!! This is so exciting, mainly because I have felt a need for this kind of book to enhance everything I read about on your blog. I still can't wrap my mind around a hand-picked zipper. Waiting until 2012 will be difficult for me... Congratulations on your very well deserved news!

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  107. I am so, so happy for you Gertie! A dream come true. You are truly an inspiration for me. I had essentially lost interest in garment sewing and fashion until I discovered you and one or two others in blog-world. I have always loved sewing but lost the passion, the inspiration. I am older than many of your followers, I am sure, however, I still like to look put-together and fashionable, even alone in my home. Your enthusiasm and skill translates well to this format but I cannot wait to see the book! Best of luck to you.

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  108. Ahh!!!!! Can I pre order right freakin' now!!! That is so awesome! What a wonderful thing you have made for yourself, from lowest of low to highest of high, doing what you love! Congratualations!

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  109. Can I sign up for a pre-order already?! I'll be in line the day it comes out for sure! Big congrats! You are such an inspiration to all of us readers.

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  110. Congratulations! Great news, can't wait for the book release.

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  111. That's really tremendous news - congratulations! I can't wait to buy it - I know it'll be beautiful and useful. You're really great at explaining tricky technical things in ordinary language - you'll make us all better at sewing!

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  112. This is so exciting! I can't wait!

    Garnet

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  113. Gertie, I've been reading your blog since almost the beginning-- and I can't think of a better blogger for this to happen to! Congratulations! I can't wait for the book!

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  114. that is SO exciting!!! congratulations, I think this is well deserved! :D

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  115. Exciting!! That is fantastic!!

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  116. EXCITING! I'll DEFINITELY buy it! I'm so happy for you, congratulations! It sounds like the exact type of reference book that I would love to add to my collection. I will be waiting for it with excitement!

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  117. Oh my god that is SO exciting! I've always thought you should write a book, you explain things so well! You have a talent for making even the most laborous techniques sound do-able and fun!
    Congratulations! That's wonderful news - I will 100% be buying a copy!

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  118. Congrats Gertie, I'm so excited for you!

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  119. That's wonderful, congratulations!

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  120. Congratulations, Gertie! What fantastic news!!

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  121. That's wonderful news - I look forward to the publication of your book!

    It's been a joy to follow your blog - you thoroughly deserve the book success.

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  122. Congratulations Gertie! I'm so proud of you! You are the seamstress version of Julie and Julia! I love it! (and I can't wait to buy your book) :)

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  123. Congratulations, dear! What amazing, exciting news...and absolutely well-deserved. Can't wait to see the book!

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  124. WOW!!!!!!!! Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!! This is kind like the american film "Julia and Julia" , I mean, you started your blog because you wanted to sew all what the Vogue Book says, and now you will print a book!!! perhaps soon there will be a film!!
    I'm sure you will have a big succes, not every women who like to sew can get online to read your blog, with your book those women will have the chance to learn as us from you.
    One more time CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!

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  125. Congratulations! You are going to do a wonderful job -- you're a natural writer, and yes, your passion and convictions always do come through. How marvelous for all of us!

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  126. Gertie, this is so well deserved. Congratulations! You are an inspiration. Now, where can I preorder my copy?! x

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  127. Congratulations!! I read your blog religiously as I try to make vintage patterns and learn to sew at the same time. Your inspiring! I cant wait for the book!!!!

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  128. I am SO excited for this! Your news has made me so extremely happy, and I can't wait to get a copy. YAY!

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  129. Congrats congrats congrats!!!!

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  130. Oh! Let me add my name to this long list of folks saying Congratulations!
    You've earned this with good sewing knowledge shared and paired with wonderful writing...two skills you've joined together.
    I'm so happy for you!

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  131. Congratulations! That is great news and I can't wait to see a copy of the book.

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  132. Congratulations!

    Now I am also filled with ecstatic glee (I'd been hoping for this for quite a while). Looking forward to this book!

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  133. Congratulations - I can't wait to buy a copy!!

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  134. Congratulations! That is fantastic!

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  135. WOW! Congratulations! I'm so very happy for you, and can't wait to see the finished product!

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  136. Congratulations! They made a wonderful choice picking you to write this book. I can't wait to read it xxo

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  137. Wow! Well done you. After all your hard work and inspiration to others you deserve it.

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  138. Wonderful! This is good news for all of us.

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  139. Wow! Congratulations Gertie! The trip to Nashville is going to be a celebration!!! Good for you!

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  140. Congratulations, Gertie! You're a great teacher, and there's definitely a market for learning fine sewing skills, particularly with the emphasis on vintage. I'll be buying your book as soon as it's out. I also think you could do a wonderful tv show, but one thing at a time, hm?

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  141. Congratulations! I always look forward to reading your blog--now I'll look forward to reading your book!

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  142. Big congratulations! I do quilts, not fashion clothing, but it's still sewing and I know it's great fun!

    Darcy
    www.darcypattison.com

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  143. Congrats Gertie, you totally deserve it and I can't wait to get my hands on that book!

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  144. Just reading your basic description makes me want this book right now! I have vintage sewing encyclopedias but this sounds like the perfect complement, not competition. I'm sure the next year will just fly by.

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  145. How fun is that! Congrats! Can't wait for it to be released!

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  146. Crazy!!! Congratulations! Best of luck with working on the book(and getting enough sleep - how will you do it all?!).

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  147. Congratulations!! I can't wait to read it!

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  148. So exciting! You rock. I love your blog and I'm sure will love your book too.

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  149. wow - Huge congratulations. I hope it will be available in the UK.

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  150. Oh my Gosh Congratulations, I'll be the first in line in the UK!!! So exited for you!

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  151. Just to add my two cents, congratulations! It's always heartening when something great happens for someone who's so nice.

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  152. Congratulations! That is fantastic news.

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  153. Congratulations Gertie! Cannot wait!

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  154. Wow! Congratulations! Did you ever dream of publishing your own book someday! I'm absolutely thrilled for you because you deserve the success!
    Yay for you!

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  155. that's amazing...this is one of my favorite blogs

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  156. WOW, congrats! I'm excited for you. I can't wait to BUY your book.

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  157. OMG that's so amazing - congratulations!!! My sister's working on her wedding dress and I kept recommending to look at your blog for this technique and that (I believe she's now as big a fan as I am). Seriously, many congratulations, and I can't wait to order a copy!

    xx Charlotte
    Tuppence Ha'penny Vintage

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  158. Wow! Congratulations! Sounds like a great book idea. I'll be looking forward to it.

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  159. Congrats Lady! Can't think of anyone more deserving of such an honor:) Can't wait to see and purchase your masterpiece:)

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  160. omg Congratulations Gertie! If there is anybody who deserves a book deal it is you; I am realy grateful for all the time you put into making tutorials, construction posts and vlogs for the blog. I have a few sewing books, but they pretty much all lack well-written instructions. I know that your book will become the new reference book for modern sewers of vintage, and I'm excited to get a copy!

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  161. YAY!!!!!I guess that comes from having a truly awesome blog

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  162. I am so happy for you, you totally deserve it. Out of all the sewing blogs out there I enjoy yours the most, so I know the book will be great. But, don't go getting a big head and forget about us...lol. congrats

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  163. Sounds like the perfect sewing book! Can't wait to get my hands on a copy.

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  164. Congratulations! I've enjoyed reading your blog quite a bit, so the thought of having it in book form is exciting!

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  165. Congrats! Can't wait to read it :)

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  166. Wonderful news! The book will be a hit and judging by how many comments you have so far - lots of eager buyers!

    Mazel Tov!

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  167. How wonderful for you Gertie! Sheer awesome!! I look forward to the day it is released. Monique xx

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  168. Congratulations! It sounds like a wonderful opportunity for you and a great book for readers!

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  169. Well done. I've been a silent but delighted follower for many months, but couldn't resist commenting today. As a fellow STC Craft/Melanie Falick author (Kids Weaving), I know first hand that you'll create a glorious book and have a fascinating, intense and life-changing next two years. But then your life has done a bit of shifting in the last two, hasn't it?

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  170. Congratulations! I'm so excited for you. I could tell when I first picked up this blog (about a year ago now) that it was headed for a book deal. ;)

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  171. How amazing! Congratulations Gertie - can't wait to see the end product.

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  172. Yay, Gertie! I'm so excited for you. I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of your book when you finish it. Any idea yet as to where it will be made availible? Good luck and again, congratulations!

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  173. Congratulations, Gertie! Your devotion to finding and sharing the best techniques is one of the many things I love about this blog, and I can't wait for the book.

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  174. Wow! I was wondering when this would happen! Congratulations!!! I can't wait to see the finished product!

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  175. Way to go girlie--my grandmother called me that endearment even when I was well past the 'girl' stage of development. I am so proud to say I know two authors and I bet I can even get them to autograph their books for me! Wow! WoW! WOW!

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  176. This is wonderful! I am so happy for you!

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  177. Congratultions! I love you're writing and am sure the book will be fantastic!

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  178. Congratulations! I'll definitely have to get a copy when it comes out. 2012 does seem such a long time away!

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  179. Congratulations! Can't wait to buy your book!!!

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  180. So thrilled for you, and perhaps even more thrilled for me that all this knowledge will be collected into one book! Now to get my skills up to being able to make use of the book by the time it's published!

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  181. You may not read this because of the vast number of comments you've received, but I just want to add my feelings. WONDERFUL NEWS!

    I am so happy for you (and for us readers). Keep blogging and writing. You are already famous!

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  182. Yay Gertie! This is exciting news! You defiantly should be proud! You inspire me like crazy, and now you will in book form!

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  183. Yay congratulations, I'm really looking forward to this. I love your blog it's been so inspirational in my sewing and is even inspiring my boyfriend to start making clothes! Can't wait for the book.

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