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.
Sorry, readers. Sew-Along posts will have to wait until tomorrow. Because I. Met. Tim. GUNN! Prepare yourselves for a post with an abundance of exclamation points.
Oh, where to begin? First, I must tell you that it was a work event. I so happen to be employed by the company that published Tim's latest (fabulous) book Gunn's Golden Rules. I about died when I found out we'd have an in-house book signing! It was limited attendance, so you know I was one of the first to get on line. (Work? What work? Tim Gunn is here!) I established myself as the dorkiest fan when I brought my Tim Gunn American Library Association poster for him to sign.
We were all waiting outside of the conference room where he was to be signing. And then down the hall comes Mr. Gunn himself! He was so charming, saying hello to everyone and thanking us for waiting. And, as you probably guessed, he was impeccably dressed. And his shoes were very shiny.
Now for the best part. When it was my turn to meet him, I introduced myself and then he complimented my dress! And actually asked "Who are you wearing?"(!!!) Well, readers, I about died of happiness and replied, "I made it!" Tim seemed quite impressed by that, requested that I spin for him, and then asked if I designed it myself (I had!). Readers, I couldn't believe what he said next: he declared that I was "very talented." He continued regarding my dress, with that fist-to-chin pose that he does so well, and then said, "Goodness! I'm examining you like you're some sort of object." I assured him that it was an honor to be objectified by him.
Then I unfurled my poster for him to sign, which seemed to amuse him, though he looks rather serious in the photo below.
We had our picture taken, and that was that! My brush with the great Mr. Gunn.
What a thrill to meet someone so widely beloved—and to discover that he's just as charming (perhaps more so) in person than on TV.