Great news, readers! My next book is now available for pre-order. Check out the beautiful back cover:
Just like my first book, this is a ginormous reference guide/pattern collection all in one. However, this time the focus is casual clothing. I'll let the book description speak for itself.
The mid-20th century was an amazing time for American women’s fashion! Following the war, women started looking to American designers rather than French couture houses for inspiration and to demand clothing they could move in, even play in. In this follow-up to Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing, Gretchen “Gertie” Hirsch celebrates the classic casual styles that icons like Katharine Hepburn, Audrey Hepburn, and Rosie the Riveter made famous—think wide-legged trousers, fitted capri pants, beach rompers, shorts, knit tops, jeans, and day dresses. In Part I, Hirsch introduces key techniques for sportswear construction—from working with knit fabrics to the intricacies of pant-making—and in Part II, she showcases a 30-plus-piece vintage-inspired casual wardrobe.
Whew! This book was a big endeavor and I'm very proud of it. From now until the release date in September, I'll be featuring some of the designs from the book so you can get a sneak peek.
As for the outfit on the cover? That's the "Pin-Up Sweater", a snug crew-neck design made from a sweater knit fabric. The skirt is the "Flared Skirt", made in cotton polka dot fabric quilted together with cotton flannel. (My mom did all the quilting. Thanks, Mom! Your hard work made the cover!) Quilted skirts were really popular in the '50s, and they're both comfy and slightly dramatic, since they have a lot of structure.
More to come! Until then, don't forget to pre-order your copy. And, on a sappy note, thank you all for your continued support. I have my dream job because of you! I hope I did you all proud with this book.