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.
Okay, so it's still tights weather around here. But I love the summery sewing season! Flouncy dresses in cotton florals? I can never get enough!
This is my own pattern, and a very simple one: sleeveless, boatneck bodice with a dirndl-style skirt that's only gathered on the sides.
I wanted to showcase the fabulous cotton floral, which I got at Paron's Fabrics. Paron's had a ton of fabulous prints that were all labeled "Ascher Studios" in the selvage (including the rose fabric of this dress I made) and they were all so gorgeous; you'll definitely be seeing more of them here. I delved a bit into the history of Ascher, which is a fascinating story for another day.
I took a cue from a ready to wear dress I own and lined the skirt with poly organza. It has a lot more bounce than silk organza, so it makes the skirt incredibly fluffy.
Here I am demonstrating said fluffiness.
And here I am demonstrating my general sauciness.
The bodice is lined with a bleached cotton muslin.
The back neckline dips down a bit.
And here's my new favorite photo of myself, which I plan to supply whenever anyone asks for a picture for a bio or something.