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.
Hey, if Jeff and I had known each other in high school and gone to prom together, this is kind of what our picture would have looked like! Of course, I probably wouldn't have been holding a giant pair of scissors. And the prom scenario would have been an impossibility in the time/space continuum since I am so much more youthful than Jeff. (Six years! I'll never let him forget it either!)
But why am I holding a giant pair of scissors, you ask? We were at the BurdaStyle book launch! And well, they were there. Jeff's glasses were another acquired prop. He now thinks he should get glasses like that, but I think he should step off my turf because I had Buddy Holly glasses first.
We had a great time at the launch. Beside a digital photo booth, there was also a lady giving glitter tattoos. (The line was too long for that, so I eventually gave up.)
But the guest of honor was, of course, the book itself.
It looks fabulous. I do have a project in it, this cute little bag variation.
I call it my "weekend in the country bag" and it was inspired by the casual straw handbags that ladies used to carry on vacation.
So that's the news to report on that front. I hope I can have a book launch party that's half as cool as this one was. (Note to self: find corporate sponsor asap.)
This weekend I'm teaching at Heather Ross's sewing retreat right here in New York City! It's being held at the Sewing Studio, where I work, so that's awfully convenient for me. Tonight we're having a private shopping event at Purl Soho. I'm sure I'll need to buy myself something pretty as a souvenir.
Also, my dad is coming to town and we're going to see Wicked on Broadway on Sunday. I can't wait to see the costumes.
Man, my life does sound kind of glamorous right now, doesn't it? Well, don't worry, I'm still writing this in my jammies drinking coffee. Some things never change.