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.
As promised, the beginning of the daily outfit posts! This is my second day of my new freelance life. Both days I've gotten up early, done my hair and makeup, and put on a comfy dress. A ponytail is about all I can manage in this hot weather (with no AC yet; I'm holding out). Here's what I'm wearing:
Dress: Lemon Tree Dress, made in May 2010. Belt omitted for comfort. Jewelry: Seashell bracelet, gift from my first boss Shoes: Sadly discontinued Simple peep-toe flats Unmentionables:Nude bike shorts and a nude bra. Sunglasses: plastic rhinestone cateyes, gift from a friend
Readers, the nude bike shorts are a revelation. I bought them yesterday at American Apparel, even though I dislike shopping there for a number of reasons that I won't go into right now. They were $24, which is ridiculous. I hope you won't judge me when I say I've made a pattern from them (with a few fitting changes) and am planning on making a bunch.
It's become clear that I need more comfy shoes. Any suggestions for casual peep-toe flats? I really like the Keds/sneaker style ones.
Oh, I should mention the sunglasses are non-prescription, so I can't actually wear them out in the world. But I adore them. They're just cheap plastic ones, not the kind you can put a prescription in. Any thoughts on similar styles that can be taken to an optometrist?