Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing: A Modern Guide to Couture-Style Sewing Using Basic Vintage Techniques

Gertie s New Book for Better Sewing A Modern Guide to Couture Style Sewing Using Basic Vintage Techniques Gretchen Gertie Hirsch is a passionate home seamstress a sought after sewing teacher and the creator of one of the web s most popular sewing blogs Gertie s New Blog for Better Sewing The blog began

  • Title: Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing: A Modern Guide to Couture-Style Sewing Using Basic Vintage Techniques
  • Author: Gretchen Hirsch Sun Young Park
  • ISBN: 9781584799917
  • Page: 377
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Gretchen Gertie Hirsch is a passionate home seamstress, a sought after sewing teacher, and the creator of one of the web s most popular sewing blogs Gertie s New Blog for Better Sewing The blog began as a way for readers to follow Hirsch s progress as she stitched all 14 fashions from the iconic 1950s sewing book Vogue s New Book for Better Sewing a Julie Julia Gretchen Gertie Hirsch is a passionate home seamstress, a sought after sewing teacher, and the creator of one of the web s most popular sewing blogs Gertie s New Blog for Better Sewing The blog began as a way for readers to follow Hirsch s progress as she stitched all 14 fashions from the iconic 1950s sewing book Vogue s New Book for Better Sewing a Julie Julia esque experiment for the modern sewist It quickly became a place for Hirsch to share tutorials and lively posts about sewing as it relates to fashion history, pop culture, body image, and gender An extension of the blog, Gertie s New Book for Better Sewing is a hardworking reference title packed with lessons on couture techniques and customization, as well as an inimitable pattern collection featuring 25 wardrobe essentials and variations inspired by vintage fashion and Gertie s spirited, modern style.

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    1. My biggest beef with this book is the writing style: I wish Ms. Hirsch had cleaned up her blog-style writing a little bit more in favor of something that sounded more professional and more like something we would expect from someone who bills herself as an editor and a writer. She starts far too many sentences with "Being a [whatever] . . . ". I know she meant to sound approachable, but it makes the book feel a bit flavor-of-the-month and less like a respectable sewing reference.Her section on f [...]

    2. The first part of this book is great. Lots of information on vintage sewing techniques explained in an easy to understand way. The art for the book is spectacular. Sun Young Park is a wonderful talent and I look forward to seeing more of her work. The problems are centered around the patterns. First- the size chart doesn't have an accompanying figure to show you where exactly to measure yourself. Not really a big deal except earlier Gertie talks about measuring and recommends using your high bus [...]

    3. I have been waiting eagerly for this book for months! And it was worth the wait.This book is a bunch of techniques and tips for a mid-level sewist who is looking to start working on vintage and vintage-style patterns. It is not for a novice sewist, one still getting used to the idea of assembling patterns.I really enjoyed reading about all the little things I could be doing to get a more tailored and fitted and classy and stable piece of clothing. Like there's a tip on how to make dress shields, [...]

    4. I've read the book cover to cover but I haven't tried the patterns. I'll come back and modify this review if/when I do. While not as comprehensive and detailed as some of the book devoted exclusively to sewing technique, this book covers a lot of ground for people who want to sew vintage patterns and/or sew using more traditional and couture style techniques. I probably wouldn't recommend this book for a novice. Not only are many of the skills more advanced (pad stitching and bound buttonholes a [...]

    5. This is the first sewing book I've read cover to cover. The illustrations are beautiful, the clearly explained tutorials are plentiful, the techniques are useful, and the patterns are wearable and beautiful with many variations. She also gracefully and clearly addresses common fitting issues and presents some of the most common sense and easily tried solutions that I have ever seen, and I've read and tried a lot of methods. No expensive systems or "special" tools, no time consuming wrapping myse [...]

    6. If you are into vintage fashion and want to sew your own garments, this is a great resource for tips & tricks. Can probably glean a lot from this if you are sewing modern garments too. It's full of information, but on the downside, I found it to be a bit too much in some places and not enough in others. The first 60% of the book is just an info dump. Helpful, but a dump nonetheless. Once you get to the patterns & instructions, you will doubtless be flipping back and forth to prior chapte [...]

    7. The book displays a lack of professionalism. But then again, it's a bargain price to pay for so many patterns (which I have mostly good things to say about). I'd buy it for the Wiggle Dress pattern alone. I think I've sewn it up seven times by now and I know there will be the eighth one to come someday. If you're only interested in the section of the book dedicated to the vintage techniques - save yourself from the disappointment and instead look for something written by a more seasoned author ( [...]

    8. Great book. Loads of useful information and the illustrations make it easy to understand. I borrowed this from the library but since have decided to order my own copy so I can use it as a reference.

    9. This book was a good tutorial, but I found that the patterns that she modeled weren't particularly well fit to her, which didn't make her tips on fitting believable.

    10. Great sewing tips for sewists who want to advance from that home-made look to a more professional result. Wasn't too impressed with the patterns enclosed, though. But other readers may love them.

    11. I don't normally like to write negative reviews but I just had to for this book. It baffles me that no one else has pointed out all the flaws in this book and have given it such good ratings. Firstly, I just cannot figure out who her target audience is. She goes over extremely basic techniques that is a waste of time for intermediate/advanced sewers but then includes techniques that are beyond beginner level that wouldn't be understood by people just starting out. For me,the book feels like a ra [...]

    12. It's a great sewing book. The clothes in it aren't ones I want to sew for myself right now, so the library copy is going back and I will put it on my list for future purchases. But the clothes are lovely and well-constructed, the instructions are good, and there are darts! for shaping! in the tops and skirts. (To see why I find this worthy of two separate in-sentence exclamation marks, see my recent reviews on other sewing books.) The author is the model, and she's a grown-up woman who looks lik [...]

    13. This book exceeded my expectations. I'd heard a lot about it so decided to borrow it from the library thinking that I'd skim the majority of it because it would be aimed at beginner sewers and might photocopy a few of the patterns. Instead I found it a fascinating read. What this book covers that a lot of sewing books don't is not only making vintage inspired garments but how to effectively reproduce vintage garments with the resources available to the modern sewer. I found the section on the di [...]

    14. I like Gertie's blog very much, and I love her bright, super-femme, mid century choice in styles (if not so much the extremely literal interpretation of the clothes, and the tattoo-covered/pink hair/Bettie Page bangs styling that always seems to go hand in hand with this aesthetic). As a bonus, her measurements are close to mine, so these styles tend to work for me, and I can get a preview of how stuff might look. I hate, so much, that the patterns are printed on top of each other on front and b [...]

    15. Hey, all you sewists, listen up! If you haven't made the acquaintance of Gretchen Hirsch yet, this may be the time. Bored with run-of-the-mill patterns that barely give you darts to admit you actually have a shape?Then this book's for you. Gertie introduces you to slow sewing (hand work)--not to say everything is done by hand, not even half--just the details. She teaches you step by step what's important and how to do it in a conversational manner that's really easy to follow. She also gives you [...]

    16. I liked this book and it was one of the pioneering books bringing insight into vintage sewing techniques and updates some classic patterns into realistic sizes for todays women who tend to be taller and bigger. The sizing also takes into account that the modern woman does not wear control garments as a rule - so the waist sizes are more based on the modern bust to waist ration. Its an excellent book with a lot of information. I think if I had written this book ( had I this much knowledge and exp [...]

    17. I love Gertie's blog, so of course I love Gertie's book! Some thoughts:-Ten patterns! What a deal!-Some of the tutorials (like bound buttonholes) are on her blog already, so I felt familiar with a good chunk of the content. Obvs. But it's still aweseome!-This makes me want to dress Mad Men.-I think I'll end up buying this for myself eventually, but many of the patterns are slightly more vintage-stylized than I like to dress on an average day. However, that kimono sleeved wiggle dress will be MIN [...]

    18. At first my mother and I were slightly disturbed at some of the photos (clearly strained seams, puffy underarms, uneven hems, etc), but then decided to forgive Gertie - thanks to a book voucher, I didn't have to contribute a lot of my money towards it; I found her blog and read that she'd put on a bit of weight while writing the book (hence leading to the strained seams); and finally because it's so darn pretty! I haven't made any of the patterns yet, but it has persuaded me to finally try one o [...]

    19. It was at my library, so I checked it out. I think it took me 30 minutes to work my way thru it. I'm not enamored of 1950's styles. I didn't think there was anything enlightening for an advanced sewist. Maybe there are gems hidden in there, but there just wasn't enough in this book to draw me in.Now, if she were featuring styles from the 1930s, I might have found the pictures inspiring and might have wanted to try the patterns. Could the title have picked more buzz words? Perhaps my expectations [...]

    20. An excellent instruction and resource book for gals who like vintage clothing. This book is not only worth buying, it is a keeper! The only draw back I found in this "how to" book is that the author uses herself as a model. I think the tat-toos on her arms distracts from the clothes she is modeling but that is only my opinion. It may not bother the rest of you.I think she should have hired someone else to model the clothes.

    21. I really like the design of the book. I would have hoped for more pictures in the tailoring and fitting sections however this is not a book specifically about these things. I can get the information I need out of reference books. I enjoyed the writing style. Overall an enjoyable and educational book. I think that Gretchen achieves what she set out to accomplish with this book, it is definitely an extension of her blog. The patterns are lovely too!

    22. I absolutely adore this book. Gertie's style, enthusiasm and character are infectious. You'll learn absolutely loads from this book. It's full of really clear to understand instructions with plenty of images to clarify. The projects are awesome and there is a pack with full-size patterns included.

    23. A great resource for sewing techniques. Although it has some flaws (like patterns that do not fit perfectly), you get the idea of real tailoring and fitting. Also it has great pictures and inspirations to create you own vintage inspired couture.

    24. Beautiful. Excellent instructions and detailed information for creating beautiful modern vintage clothing. And the best part, the patterns are included. I can't wait to start sewing for my inner Betty.

    25. A great sewing reference, especially for vintage and tailored sewing. I can't wait to try out some of the patterns and techniques! I especially appreciated how Hirsch embraces femininity and "dressing up."

    26. While I love the idea of bound button holes and underarm gussets, I am not overly blessed with patience so I don't think I'll be using many of the lovely tailoring techniques Gertie outlines in this book. What gorgeous inspiration, though.

    27. LOVE this book. I am an advanced sewer who makes vintage style dresses and thought "what can this book tell me that I don't already know?" But I was wrong. I learned so much about vintage techniques. And I just love her style and the patterns in the book.

    28. nonfiction/sewing. Super well-done tome from blogger/seamstress superstar Gertie. Would recommend for anyone interested in sewing and vintage style. Patterns are customizable and Gertie offers lots of insight into making things fit just the way you want them to.

    29. Love, love, love this book. I've already picked up some new techniques. I've made a few patterns so far, great fit and really fun designs. Illustrations and pictures are really helpful. Great to have as a reference book for things like bound button holes and what not.

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