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 girl, I'm having a bit of a hectic week. And, like most humans, I often need a bit of stress relief. And I've found my favorite, and it doesn't involve chocolate or other substances! It's Handmade Ryan Gosling (blogged here previously), which is the gift that keeps on giving.
I have a friend with a high-pressure job who periodically checks People.com throughout the day when she needs a mindless and soothing activity. In my fantasies, Handmade Ryan Gosling is updated as much as People.com. (Hey, you can submit ideas for new posts here!)
I'm pretty sure a dissertation (or at least a detailed psychotherapy report) could be written about why this whole thing is so appealing to me--and other sewists/crafters. But that would take away the fun. Let's just accept this beautiful gift that has been given to us.