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 didn't make this dress, but it's notable since it's been a big style inspiration to me. I bought it at Betsey Johnson maybe 5 years ago. The style is called "40s Frock" and I loved it so much I actually paid full price for it. It's silk with a zipper front, tulip sleeves, lace trim, and a back tie. I actually based one of the style variations in my book on this dress!
As you can see, the granny shoes are making yet another appearance. I love them that much.
I styled my hair in hot rollers, and then put each side back in a comb. The comb was a revelation this week. In Bettina May's pin-up class, she suggested them as an alternative to Victory Rolls if you want something a little flatter. Two symmetrical Victory Rolls look kind of ridiculous on me, so I'm thrilled with the comb solution. I just got a pair of plastic Goody side combs from the drugstore. So easy!
I've been working at the studio all day today and the look has held up pretty well, except that I took the necklace off and am barefoot. Ah well.