2nd impression after further study I don t know if this would suit a beginner, but she definitely explains a lot of stuff I d known when I was starting out plus I m finding her knit patterns to be awesome staples sure beats trying to trace cut apart my old tees to make my own pattern I ve adapted her pin up sweater pattern as a knit jersey t shirt with great results There are also some cool sailor shorts and cigarette pants that I might attempt if I were skilled, but I will leave those for someone else.
I liked that this book has sections on working with knits, patternmaking, and fitting pants I liked that it includes several patterns with ideas and directions for altering each pattern multiple times to achieve different styles and looks.
The Mid Th Century Was An Amazing Time For American Women S Fashion Following The War, Women Started Looking To American Designers Rather Than French Couture Houses For Inspiration And To Demand Clothing They Could Move In, Even Play In In This Follow Up To Gertie S New Book For Better Sewing, Gretchen Gertie Hirsch Celebrates The Classic Casual Styles That Icons Like Katharine Hepburn, Audrey Hepburn, And Rosie The Riveter Made Famous Think Wide Legged Trousers, Fitted Capri Pants, Beach Rompers, Shorts, Knit Tops, Jeans, And Day Dresses In Part I, Hirsch Introduces Key Techniques For Sportswear Construction From Working With Knit Fabrics To The Intricacies Of Pant Making And In Part II, She Showcases A Plus Piece Vintage Inspired Casual Wardrobe I m a beginning sewist, so this book was too advanced for me However, it seems like a thorough guide for those who are advanced in their sewing skills Her designs are cute, and its great that the patterns are included I ve read Gertie s blog for years but never got around to picking up her books I passed on her first one, Gertie s New Book for Better Sewing A Modern Guide to Couture Style Sewing Using Basic Vintage Techniques because I realized I m not actually interested in using vintage techniques for their own sake This one, though, is designed to fit better into a modern wardrobe that you want to have touches of vintage inspiration but still be practical for everyday wear The patterns included span a nice range of basics some are pretty simplistic in the design or maybe it s just the samples that were made but there are some cute pieces if you re a little bit beyond a beginner level for apparel sewing It was really great there was of a range of models used though some of them have heavy makeup that s rather distracting Anyway, with just the patterns, this would ve been a 3 star book, but I actually did learn a few tidbits of new to me information in the reviews of different fabric types like what the difference between chambray and denim and the fitting pattern adjustment sections are pretty comprehensive for a book not targeted at advanced sewers They re done with paper mockups of the adjustments that you d make, which I think I actually prefer to photographs of fabric samples because with the paper mocks, it s easier to see the line changes pretty clearly.
I think I d still recommend The Colette Sewing Handbook Inspired Styles and Classic Techniques for the New Seamstress first because that book s design and patterns are sophisticated, but this book is very accessible and would be a good gift for a vintage lover that s just starting to learn to sew clothes.
Some truly phenomenal patterns, especially for shirts and pants.
The writing style is very easy to digest, the illustrations are adorable, and models of all different sizes are featured in Gertie Sews Vintage Casual I am very much a beginning sewer, and this book is not really for beginning sewers With that said, there are a few patterns that I still think I can tackle with my limited knowledge.
The book is divided into Skills and Wardrobe, or instructions and patterns The Skills section includes a nice history lesson on vintage styles, a chapter on materials and supplies needed for both wovens and knits, a chapter each for woven skills and knit skills, a fitting chapter, and a chapter on pattern adjustments I longed for photos to go with the tutorials, but maybe that is the beginning sewer in me talking.
In the Wardrobe section, there are ten basic patterns Each pattern offers one or variations, for a total of than thirty different patterns I adore the first pattern, the 40s Style Blouse, but I think it is beyond my skill set right now Instead, I think I will stick with one of the following patterns the Flared Skirt, the Boat Neck Top knit , or the Easy Knit Pencil Skirt knit again Fortunately, the Skills for Knits chapter is filled with the information needed for tackling knit projects.
Gertie Sews Vintage Casual is a recommended read for all sewers, even beginning sewers with aspirations to enhance their skills It contains a wealth of technical sewing information, great patterns, and historical context for the patterns.
While this book focuses on sewing vintage style clothing it contains loads of information that can be used for any sewing projects The introductory chapters discuss every aspect of sewing such as choosing the right type of fabric for your garment, tips for various types of fabrics specifically knits , techniques for finishing seams, tips for getting the best fit, and so on The later chapters focus on the patterns that come with the book There are just a few basic patterns but each one has several variations For example the pants pattern has several variations for different styles of short and also combines with a halter top pattern to make a cute romper Age Recommendations This book is geared toward adults but teens tweens interested in sewing and fashion could learn a lot While it does contain all the knowledge a beginning sewist would need I think that the sheer amount of information could be overwhelming I think it would be best for someone who has already mastered basic sewing techniques and wants to take their skills to the next level and or learn to alter patterns for optimum fit.
I might have to buy my own copy of this one Not only does it come with great patterns in the back of the book for many cute things I would totally wear, but it s also a great reference for fixing common sewing problems I could see myself referring back to this book numerous times.
I came across this book about three months into my obsessive learn to sew my own clothes or die trying quest Raised by a mom who s a skilled sewist, I knew the basics but never really took the time to learn my machine or the advanced skills required to successfully sew apparel By the time I read this book, I d made a lot of headway by plunging in and making things, learning new techniques as I went This book helped me step up my game, especially in sewing knits Early on, I sticky tabbed all the pattern instruction illustration pages and some of my favorite technique pages for faster reference I ve kept this book sitting out on my sewing cutting table for than a year I reference it every time I sew with knits mostly because I can never remember exactly how to do a binding at the neck opening I ve made several clothing items from the included patterns, and modified several of the patterns for my own use I own many vintage and reproduction patterns similar to the ones in this book, yet I keep going back to the patterns in this book instead I love how simple it was to adjust the patterns to fit me, based on the instructions in the book Typing this review is making me want to go try one of the ones I haven t done yet