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.
Wow, all the days are really blending into each other. The picture above sums it up nicely. This is me taking a break from sewing to document things. I've been dubbed "the roving reporter."
I'm making nice progress on my coat. One major accomplishment was setting in my sleeves. Susan brought this French sleeve head called "cigarette." (She sells it on her website.) It feels like a fuzzy little animal and it adds a nice, subtle loftiness to a sleeve cap.
Susan brought in more fabulous garments for us to inspect. Here's the Chanel-style jacket from her legendary Threads article. I tried it on and it feels amazing. Is there anything more luxurious than a quilted charmeuse lining?
I love this linen high-waisted skirt. Look at the boning inside the waistband!
Lastly, Anna's corselette is looking amazing. This is going inside a charmeuse strapless gown for her daughter's prom.
Only one day left and I'm already having separation anxiety from my fellow students and our fearless leader. I'm traveling back to New York late Thursday night and going back to work Friday morning, so my next update may be delayed by me adjusting back to regular life. Sigh.