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Gertie Sews Vintage Casual: A Modern Guide to Sportswear Styles of the 1940s and 1950s Hardcover – September 16, 2014
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The wardrobe is10 included patterns on nice, thick paper---only part I dislike is they are printed on both sides so I have to trace. Hate that, but suck it up, self! Sizing starts at a 32" bust all the way up to 46" (hips 36--50) The 10 patterns are 40's style blouse, flared skirt, knit sweetheart top, cigarette pants, easy knit pencil skirt (looks like a breeze!), pin-up sweater, shift dress, wrap dress (looks a little frumpy on the model, don't know if I'll make this one!), zip-front dress, and halter top (fitted with bust cups and side ruching, which I'm really excited to try!) EVERY SINGLE PATTERN has at least one variation, some with multiple variations, so you get a total of 35 patterns. For example, the Cigarette Pants have variations using patternmaking skills so that you can make a 40's style wide-leg pant, pedal pushers, flared shorts, sailor shorts, and jeans (which look like Freddies of Pinewood jeans). The super cute halter top can be made as a romper if you attach the top to the previously mentioned shorts!Read more ›
I am a fan of her blog & on it she details being disappointed with the mediocre information about professional & couture techniques available to home sewers. She also details many of her book purchases, so I know her library overflows (much to her readers' benefit). I feel that Ms. Hirsch writes the book that she wished was available to her when she began sewing & what more could a reader ask for?
I was doing a lot of research on which books would be best for learning techniques on working with knits, not knowing my time was being wasted, since Gertie had already completed & compiled them for me.
Even if her modern/vintage aesthetic isn't to your liking, & you don't care for the (35! WOW!!!) patterns, the wealth of information is truly staggering. Not to mention being well-thought-out, well-written, concise, & fun to read, as well as being beautifully illustrated or photographed.
Thanks Gertie! I'll pre-order your books anytime!
The sizing covers from a 32" bust up to a 46" bust. The patterns are printed on white paper sheets and need to be traced. This does not bother me at all as I trace all my patterns anyway.
Thre are 10 base patterns and an additional 24 variations (34 patterns in total) so tracing and some minor pattern drafting is required for some of the variations. Which suits my sewing style perfectly, so I am all good with that.
I do like the patterns - they are basic and some could say very simple, but nice all the same and contain an entire wardrobe - tops, blouses, a cardigan, skirts, long pants, shorts, a few styles of dresses (mostly fit and flare but there is wrap dress and a shift dress in there too), a bomber jacket, a jumpsuit, and they cover both woven and knit fabrics.
The first part of the book contains a heap of information on techniques and fitting, including a substantial section on sewing with knits, and a section on fitting pants.
The proof is in the making of course. Once I have made a couple of things I will update this review. But my first impression is that this is good value, solidly researched and professionally presented book.
I have quite a collection of sewing books and this is a good addition to the sewing library.
The adding width and pinching out the neckline instructions are high school beginner sewing, so if you are looking for how to fit these, you aren't going to find it here. That is the reason I'm giving the book 4 stars. Well, that and the photo's, all done against a blah background, and occasionally in downright ugly fabrics.
The patterns are cute, and the instructions are for the most part clear. The writing style is fine, warm and easy to understand. The illustrations are clear enough, and sometimes quite nice.
One of the real values of this book is seeing the variations on the patterns and seeing how they were handled. I always enjoy that and felt that yes, I did learn something from those parts of the book.
I've heard a lot about sizing on these being unique. Gertie uses a different size number (10-12-14 etc) but these are still big 4 sizing for the most part. An 18 for example, is still a 46"bust and a 38" waist. The hip sizing seems a little generous but that is the style of the garments as well.
There aren't any really new patterns here, there isn't anything you can't find somewhere else, but having them all together is a great value.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
In love with this book! There's a ton of information to help with altering the patterns. There's also lots of variations for the patterns. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
Same problem with the first book. The instructions are not clear, and the rough hand-drawn illustrations are more confusing than helping; I honestly don't know whose idea it was to... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kim Na
Amazing, as always. If you love sewing and you love fashion, all of Gertie's books are a must.Published 5 months ago by mlmglt
So very helpful! Perfect for someone just starting out, or for a student like me that needs extra references. The patterns are amazing too!Published 6 months ago by Socorro Jeanette Vargas
The review for this book is the same as the first book. I'm glad that I purchased this book because I love to sew and grew up in the 50's and started sewing when I was twelve... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Hulababy
Great sizing. I've made the A-line and knit skirt and 4 knit tops using the patterns from this book. The fit was very good, not a lot of adjustments just the usual unique to me. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Andrea Phillips
FUN! If you are into making vintage style clothing this book is for you!Published 9 months ago by Ronni Katz