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.
Today in sew-along prep, I have some fabric recommendations and a discount from my friend Ann at Gorgeous Fabrics. I love how Ann always suggests patterns to go with her fabrics, so of course I was eager to hear what she would recommend for my own pattern design!
First, she picked this stunning wool in kelly green, "for a rich color that goes from fall through winter." I love the idea of this coat in a jewel-like green tone.
Next, Ann picked these lovely pre-fused boiled wools. I love the fuschia! Try the winter white for pure cool-weather glam.
Ann notes that you will still need interfacing to shape the lapels and collar, but other than that, these pre-fused wools are "needle ready."
Lastly, for the "ultimate in luxury," try this double-faced alpaca. You can use either the charcoal or black sides. Or mix it up and use one color for the body and one for the collar. Chic!
Ann is providing a 15% discount on all her coatings, including winter weight and raincoatings. Use the code GERTIECOAT. Thanks, Gorgeous Fabrics!