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Gertie Sews Vintage Casual a Quick Review

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I finally received my copy of Gertie Sews Vintage Casual and in the midst of home repairs I thought I’d take a break and give it a quick review.

The book was released on Sept 16 and despite pre-ordering it I still didn’t receive it until today.

This is the second book written by sewing blogger Gretchen Hirsch, her first being Gertie’s New Blog for Better Sewing , which was inspired by the now  out of print book Vogue’s New Book for Better Sewing

The layout of Gertie’s new book is similar to that of her first book and is packed with helpful tips and techniques for sewing in general. Both books are divided into two sections, the first covers sewing skills and the second covers the wardrobe, which is basically the steps for sewing the included patterns. 

Pages from Gertie Sews vintage Casual
Pages from Gertie Sews vintage Casual

As the name implies the second book focuses on more everyday “casual” clothes, which maybe vintage in style could fit in any wardrobe. I love the quilted skirt, it looks so warm and cozy, would be great for an autumn outfit. 

The quilted skirt in Gertie's Sews Vintage Casual
The quilted skirt in Gertie’s Sews Vintage Casual

My biggest complete about sewing books with patterns are the patterns themselves. Usually printed on stocky white paper. While it’s still usable, this particular one is even printed double-sided. It is best practice to always trace your patterns before you use them, but with these patterns it’s a must, otherwise you’d lose the second pattern printed on the back side. 

Patterns included in Gertie Sews Vintage Casual
Patterns included in Gertie Sews Vintage Casual

Gertie has a line of patterns through Butterick, and I wonder why they couldn’t collaborate on the book so that Butterick could produce the patterns for the book? It would have been nice to have actual patterns inside the book. 

Other than the pattern being double-sided I’m really happy with the book and can’t wait to make some of the projects inside it, which is once I finish my remodeling projects and have time to sew.

Have you read Gertie Sews Vintage Casual ? What where your thoughts? 

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Akram Taghavi-Burris

designer, writer, educator, tech nerd, crafter, baker, sewer and vintage collector, who Brings Creative & Crazy Ides to Life.

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