Gertie Sews Book Review
If you like to sew clothes and don't know about Gertie and her blog for better sewing then you need to check it out. This woman has an amazing retro style and can sew anything. Along with her blog she also has two books, the second of which, *Gertie Sews Vintage Casual* is the book I am reviewing today.
The short review:
This book is great.
The long review:
Gertie's first book focused on couture vintage style while this book deals more with the casual side of 1950's style. Since I am more of a casual person this book really spoke to me.
There are three wonderful things about this book that set it apart from other fashion sewing books.
One, the main portion of the book covers all the necessary sewing skills for both woven and knit fabrics. She really breaks it down for all the things that you need to know from choosing fabric and sewing to pattern alteration and sizing. This is a great reference book even if you don't plan to use many of the patterns in the second section. I don't sew a lot of knits, but after reading through the knit section in this book I felt confident to try again.
Two, the back section of this book is filled with a wide variety of great retro styled patterns. She created this section in a rather ingenious way. First she makes one pattern and then gives you three or four ways that the original pattern can be altered to create different looks.
The third are the actual physical patterns which are in a pouch in the back of the book. All you have to do it find the right one and then trace it onto tracing paper, cut it out and use it as any other pattern. This allows you to change patterns as needs be such as putting two sizes together or altering sleeve style.
So far I have made a pair of pants and a dress from these patterns and they have turned out great. I usually don't make pants because they are a real pain and never seem to fit just right but Gertie's were great. I used some extra fabric to sew a mock-up for a fit analysis and then made the actual pants from a charcoal twill of hemp and organic cotton which you can find in my shop.
I like the wide-leg retro style. There are no back pockets but I could have put some in. That is the great thing about making your own clothes- they are customizable!
The high waist is good for me. I hate pants that ride really low. I also lengthened the legs because I am tall and I wanted a large cuff to go with that retro style.
These pants are my first project from *Gertie Sews Vintage Casual* but I know I will be making more from the book. She covers sewing with knits that I found very inspiring. All the styles that Gertie has in her book are solid basics which can be changed for a myriad of looks. With this one book you could sew an entirely new wardrobe.
So in review, I think that *Gertie Sews Vintage Casual* is a great reference book that supplies you will everything you need to make some awesome retro clothes as well as solid staples that you can hold onto for years.