Friday, December 25, 2015

A Pink Christmas


Merry Christmas, all! I don't think I've ever put up a picture of my beautiful pink Christmas tree, one of my most prized possessions. I decorated it with vintage pink glass ornaments, and my Durer bunny from Vienna sits under the tree on a bed of white felt.

I had a little trouble with the light on this particular day, but I kind of love how these photos have a grainy vintage vibe.


I also thought it would be a good opportunity to do a sneak peek of a dress from my upcoming Gertie's Ultimate Dress Book. This is a the "Cranberry Boiled Wool Dress." It has a '40s vibe, with a princess-seam bodice, short sleeves, and an a-line skirt.

One of the best things about boiled wool, besides its lush feel, is that the edges don't ravel. So I made a cute little raw-edged bow for the neckline. Here's one of the shots from the actual book photoshoot.

Photo by Karen Pearson 
In other news, I'm in Austin, Texas for the holidays! I've never been here before but I totally love it. Great vintage shopping, a cool sewing studio, and dress weather year-round? Sign me up!

Happy Holidays, everybunny!

28 comments:

  1. Merry Christmas Gertie! Enjoy Austin and checkout The Cloth Pocket if you have time--my favorite local fabric shop. Love the red dress!!

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  2. Your tree looks good enough to eat!

    I think I'm already in love with your new book.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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  3. Merry Christmas! Love the photos!

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  4. Love the dress and the tree--is there a bunny angel on top? Merry Christmas!

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  5. Can't wait to see the new book! I really like the dress! Merry Christmas. :). I just got your first book for Christmas. Yea!

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  6. If I hadn't already preordered the book I would now for this dress alone!

    Welcome to Austin! Also check out TexStyles if you fancy checking out the local fabric scene; they are my favorite for apparel fabric. Theycan be a little iffy at times on keeping hours so call ahead if it is out of the way.

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  7. Great tree and beautiful dress! Merry Christmas 🎄!!!

    Summer

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  8. I hope you've had a lovely christmas, I love the dress and cannot WAIT for the book!

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  9. I looove your pink tree and I think the pictures turned out beautiful! Hope you had a very merry Christmas! :)

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  10. Stitch Lab is awesome! I also love Walker Hall Design. Their fabrics are beautiful. Small but nice selection of Japanese fabrics and other great discoveries too. Have fun!

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    1. Thank you for sharing this! Since Uncommon Thread closed its doors I haven't had a local source of Japanese fabrics.

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    2. *Common Thread. For some reason I never can/could remember the name quite right.

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  11. Enjoy your stay in Austin. FYI Christmas is sometimes warm. Three years ago it snowed & was cold for weeks. Now we get tornado producing thunderstorms in North East & Central areas. Windy, windy, windy add the cold. Hope you brought your jacket! Merry Texas Christmas! Enjoy your stay!

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  12. Merry Christmas, lady! Check out North Loop for good vintage shopping if you haven't been up there already - Blue Velvet is my go-to place for inexpensive midcentury vintage. Have fun while you're here!

    :)kirsten

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  13. What a wonderful dress, Gertie, I love it! Boiled wool, ha? it does not seem bulky, it appears to press well, and the colour is beautiful... is it itchy?? Have you lined it? where did you get the fabric?
    Enjoy Austin, and have merry holidays!

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  14. The dress is amazing!! It's extremely difficult to find decent quality fabrics here. I bet it keeps you warm and cool. I have a pair of trousers in thin wool and they are definitely not itchy, just perfect for summers.

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  15. Oh wow! I so love everything about that dress. Never had boiled wool down for dressmaking, more coat-making so thank you for the inspiration!

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  16. Merry Christmas! Did you see the picture of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler in dirndls on the last SNL? It's about four minutes from the end of the episode.

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  17. New book looks amazing. I am feeling a little sad that it not available for another three months in Uk though .

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  18. I'v never seen a tall pink tree but I love it!!! Your dress has a vintage look about it which I love. Where did you find a lightweight boiled wool? All the boiled wool I have ever seen is jacket weight. It was so hot in Richmond, Virginia on Christmas that I would have melted in anything wool. I was wearing short sleeves and a skirt and no tights! And I opened the windows! Wishing you a happy new year!

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  19. I'v never seen a tall pink tree but I love it!!! Your dress has a vintage look about it which I love. Where did you find a lightweight boiled wool? All the boiled wool I have ever seen is jacket weight. It was so hot in Richmond, Virginia on Christmas that I would have melted in anything wool. I was wearing short sleeves and a skirt and no tights! And I opened the windows! Wishing you a happy new year!

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  20. Wow! You are absolutely stunning (as usual), red looks so good on you! Your pink Christmas tree is also fabulous!

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  21. I love this so much. Just...so much.

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  22. Nice! I really adore princess seams.

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  23. What a lovely dress! I am totally envious of how lovely that red makes your skin look.

    Also, are those set-in sleeves? I must admit, I have been waiting to see something from you that didn't have kimono sleeves-- gussets or no, I find they're not flattering on me-- so now I'm extra excited to get this book!

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    1. Why yes, those are set-in sleeves! The new book is full of them.

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    2. Hooray! I am so excited, I can't even tell you.

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