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.
Readers, I am so close to finishing this thing I can taste it. (Mmmm, tastes like wool and angora!) I just have to assemble and put in the lining (the VoNBBS way, completely by hand), and then make the faux fur collar. I might actually get impatient and leave the fur collar for later. I think the blue one is mighty cute--what do you think?
Also, I ordered enormous fabric-covered buttons from Pat's Custom Buttons and Belts, and they look amazing. Also good enough to eat. (Can you tell I'm hungry? Must be lunch time.)
Anyway, I can report that this thing looks exactly like the Vogue's New Book for Better Sewing version, which is totally unlike anything I own. The cuffs are gigantic, as big as my head. I will have to pose dramatically in it, like so: