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.
I made a dress--just for fun! This is the one I started in the midst of my recovery from filming. It felt very spontaneous and creative. The pattern is my own, a simple bodice that I added a bias fold trim to.
The skirt is a basic circle. I did true tea length! What do you think?
I bought a petticoat to go underneath it. It's a little long, but I like the way it peeks out.
The back is shirred with elastic thread for comfort. I'm writing a tutorial on how to adapt any dress pattern to use this technique! Check back for that.
New green shoes.
I also made a self-covered belt, but it totally blends in.
The fabric is this really great printed cotton pique. The texture is really tiny and subtle. They still have it at Paron's if you're interested.
The dress and crinoline are on my dress form in the living room and I love how it looks. I want to make it a permanent decoration!