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.
Ah, is there anything more luxurious than rubbing your furry butt all over hundreds of dollars worth of fabric? Pip is one smart cookie: she has an uncanny ability to know when I've pulled out my best fabrics and to promptly plop herself down on them.
I've been dreaming of holiday dresses lately, and I treated myself to some outrageously decadent French chantilly lace, inspired by this Erdem number, as worn by Michelle Williams:
My first thought upon bringing the lace home was "Note to self: do not let Pip sleep on this fabric." Ha! I should have known there was no escaping it. I left the room for a couple minutes and came back to find her posed regally atop a mountain of red Chantilly lace, rose-printed silk organza, and coral-y pink voile. She knows the good stuff; I'll give her that. Anyway, it was far too adorable for me to be mad at her.
As for the dress, I've been working on the pattern. I draped a basic dress pattern and then made the design details by flat pattern-making. I'm working out the design and fit issues through a simple cotton version that's almost complete. I am so excited to start working with the lace!
You know who else can rock some red Chantilly?
That's right: Lady Gaga, Michelle Williams, and Pip.
P.S. I'll be back this weekend with a sew-along post or two!