Monday, August 8, 2016

New Butterick Patterns by Gertie for Fall!

It's that time again--time to feel incredulous that fall patterns are being released because it's definitely, totally still summer, right? Don't worry, it absolutely still is. But how about thinking about some patterns for a couple "transitional pieces" that will take you through the changing seasons? (That's a little easier to swallow, right?)

I have two new patterns out in my "Patterns by Gertie" line with Butterick. In a little change of pace for me, they're both very '40s-inspired rather than my usual '50s designs. The first is B6380, a sweetheart neckline dress with a gathered bust and swing skirt.

With this design, I wanted to create a dress that's timeless and easy to wear, but still really rooted in the glamorous '40s.

You can really see the details on the line drawing.

One of my favorite details is the "tiebacks" above the bust that create the sweetheart shape of the neckline. There's also a midriff, flared skirt, and short sleeves with gathers.

This dress is great for drapey wovens, like the rayon challis it's pictured in. (This is one of my Gertie fabrics from last fall, but I still have a bunch for sale in my Etsy shop.)

Here are a couple of my inspiration images from when I was planning the dress pattern. I love the subtle silhouette of this era, coupled with the soft gathers at the bustline.

The second pattern is B6390, and it's a cute yet casual jacket directly inspired by Rosie the Riveter and '40s work wear.

It has all sorts of topstitching to define the style lines.

I lined it in the same challis as the dress is made in! (Dorkiest photo ever?)
Here's the line drawing for this one.

I love the pattern envelope for this one. I look like I'm hanging with my tiny, much cooler friend. She's dubious about my styling choices.

And a couple of my inspiration images, so you can get an idea of where I was coming from.

The jacket in the photos above is made up in a denim-colored wool, but I also made this design in another fabric. Here it is in a polka dot linen-cotton blend, complete with Rosie the Riveter-inspired pose and Carmen Miranda earrings.

And the back, paired with a totally different dress.

A detail shot. This one is also lined in one of my rayon challis fabrics.

Hope you like the new patterns! Can't wait to see your versions of these!


  1. I really like the neckline on that 40's inspired dress. The 40's tend to get overlooked, but they are so understatedly lovely- and the neckline just elevates the dress!
    The Artyologist

  2. Wowza love that print for the dress and i think the clean lines on that jacket make it insta-classic. Love to see you geeking out. ;) a great week... hugs!

  3. I can't wait to get both of these patterns! Just waiting for a UK stockist!
    I'm obsessed with your polka dot version of the jacket. Itching to sew!

  4. I don't think it was dorky at all to photobrag about matching the jacket lining to the dress. Of course I remember getting a thrill from a Haverty's furniture commercial where they showed a guy at speed dating trying to impress the gal who designed her furniture to match. He opened his jacket and not only did the plaid lining fabric match his shirt, but they had matched up all the color lines in the plaid so that it was perfectly continuous. It was marvelous, just as our jacket and dress designs are marvelous!

  5. I love both patterns. My parents were married in the forties, and looking at old pictures, everyone looked so glamorous. My mom called short jackets like your pattern "Eisenhower jackets". I can't wait to get the jacket pattern! The forties pattern envelope on the left looks very similar to a pattern I all ready have.

  6. YOU ARE THE CUTEST EVER omg I love this patterns

    I swear 90% of my small talk this week has been about how warm it is haha! I love this look,

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  7. The polka dot jacket is the bomb!!! :)

  8. I love the jacket in polka dots

  9. These designs are gorgeous, another two beautiful patterns designed by you, I really wish I had the skill to do that! I adore the shape of the dress & the fabric & I love the jacket, particularly made in polka dot denim, so adorable! You are so talented!

  10. I love the sweetheart neckline of the dress! So pretty! And the jacket done in the polka dot fabric is just the cutest!

  11. I love the dress pattern and the fabric.
    The dress reminds me of the styles my Mum used to wear, she was very stylish.
    And the fabric of the dress is like some I bought in J. Lewis a few years ago and made some patio pants.
    If only we had the choice of fabrics now like you have in the USA.

  12. Serendipity - all the way from South Africa!
    I was looking through some Pattern Books at my local fabric store yesterday morning and came across your patterns - I was thrilled because I will be brave enough someday to make a "Marvel's Agent Carter" inspired 1950's dress some time! Your patterns will be fabulous for it.
    Then.... yesterday afternoon I googled 'stay tape' and came across a blogpost of yours from 2010. I recognised the Gertie logo from the Butterick patterns I was looking at and Voila! Its you :-)
    You have some lovely patterns and i will definitely use it in future.

  13. Lovely casual jacket and this flowers texture... i like details and finish. SuperB work :)


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