Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Cover Reveal! Gertie's Ultimate Dress Book

I've been so excited to blog this one because I am IN LOVE with this cover! My next book, Gertie's Ultimate Dress Book, is now up on Amazon for pre-order. It's releasing in March 2016.

Here's a little info on the book:
Every vintage-obsessed sewist dreams of having a closet full of gorgeous dresses. The follow-up to the popular Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing and Gertie Sews Vintage CasualGertie’s Ultimate Dress Book is packed with all the information and patterns you could ever need to create a wardrobe filled with stunning vintage frocks. The book begins with all the essential techniques for dressmaking and includes instructions and patterns for 23 dresses for a variety of occasions. Elements of each pattern can be mixed and matched, allowing readers to customize the bodice, skirt, sleeves, pockets, and details of each dress for a truly unique creation.
The dress on the cover is called the Emerald Faille Party Dress and it's made from an amazing silk faille. It has a super structured boned bodice and very full skirt: it's a circle skirt with box pleats all around. The skirt and bodice are basic patterns included with the book, and then I show you how to make your own special details for each dress, like the halter strap (it closes with little rhinestone buttons in the back) and the bias band that goes across the bodice. There are tons of construction techniques like lining, underlining, using horsehair on hems and necklines, working with lace and beaded fabrics, and lots more.

I can't wait to show you more from the book!

P.S. Did you spot Henry on the cover?


31 comments:

  1. OMG this is super exciting!! Might there be a dirndl-style bodice???

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    1. Ha! This book was finished prior to Dirndl Mania, but there's other fun dirndl stuff coming up!

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    2. Looking forward to your Drindl Mania! I have decided to make one myself as well! So any tips you have about making one. I'd love to read about or even see in a video!

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  2. Love the cover! Great job on all your books and thank you for generously sharing your knowledge and love of sewing with us. Can't wait!!

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  3. Congrats! I have your first two books (so awesome!) and in each you give a lot of info on construction techniques. Will the info in this new book be new or is there something of a repeat from the last two books?

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    1. There's a lot of construction info again and it's mostly new and all specific to dressmaking.

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  4. Preordered! yay! Cant wait for more sneak peeks!

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  5. Great!! Can't wait! Congratulations on you new book!

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  6. I've died and gone to heaven ! An entire book on dresses...I can't wait. I hope there's something in there on making your own crinoline or petticoat. Or perhaps a tutorial in the future?

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    1. There is info on adding a crinoline ruffle to a skirt lining. I don't make my own crinolines because they're so easy and relatively cheap to get and I'll do anything to avoid gathering yards of tulle!

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  7. I love your books! And I'm really looking forward to this one!

    Kind regards
    Anna

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  8. oooooOOOOOOOOooooooo!!!! Gorgeous!! I hope to get my hands on a copy...

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  9. Fantastic. I love it. March is so far. Kiss

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  10. I can't wait for it to come out!

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  11. Oooo! Super exciting! Congratulations!

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  12. It looks amazing! And I am a dresses lover, so this book is for me. Hope it doesn't take long to arribe to Europe.

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  13. Can't wait - it'll look so nice on my shelf next to the other two; pre-order is done… when do we get some previews?????

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    1. Hi there,
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      Congratulations Gertie, looking forward to learning more about the different styles.
      Your butterick pattern 6094 was a fabulous make and a perfect fit on my daughter. She will be thrilled to learn more styles on the way!

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  14. Congratulations! I love your work.

    How many of the bodices in this book have sleeves? Finding vintage style patterns with sleeves has been a challenge for me, and I have yet to wrap mind around how to design sleeves on my own. I am excited to hear about the mix and match ability in this book for its customization possibilities.

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    1. There are 5 bodice styles (some with neckline variations as well), and you can pair the included sleeves with all of them except the strapless bodice (that would be weird!). There are sleeves in long, 3/4, short, and cap length and also a gathered cap sleeve.

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    2. That is amazing! Thank you for the answer.

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  15. What a great cover--you look great--and its even got Henry! I am the most excited for this book of all your books! And that is saying something! I only wear dresses and cannot wait to lay hands on a copy.

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  16. I love your books. Would it be possible for them to appear in ebook form? Thanks.

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    1. Hi! They're not in ebook format at the moment because the included patterns are on paper sheets inside the book.

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    2. Oh, thank you! After Alabama Chanin and now victory patterns coming out with books where the patterns are on CD, I was dreading that this would be the same... I got the Alabama book for the inspiration but won't get the other. Please continue with your beautiful books plus pattern sheets:).

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  17. Cannot wait. Pre-ordering mine!
    When can we have a sneak peak inside?

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  18. I can't wait until this book comes out! I've already put it on my wishlist since you announced it!

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  19. Would it be possible to show more pictures of the dresses? With your last book I felt like there was hardly any attention given to it with regards to previews, showing sewn up dresses using the patterns etc. I'd love to see more!

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Thanks for your comments; I read each and every one! xo Gertie

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