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Gertie's ultimate dress book : a modern guide to sewing fabulous vintage styles / Gretchen Hirsch ; photographs by Karen Pearson ; illustrations by Sun Young Park.

By: Hirsch, Gretchen, 1979- [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York, NY : STC & Craft, 2016Description: 235 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm + 4 pattern sheets.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781617690754; 1617690759.Other title: Ultimate dress book | Modern guide to sewing fabulous vintage styles.Subject(s): Dressmaking -- Patterns | Sewing | Dresses | Sewing -- Handbooks, manuals, etc | Dresses | Dressmaking | Sewing | CRAFTS & HOBBIES / Fashion | CRAFTS & HOBBIES / Reference | CRAFTS & HOBBIES / Sewing | DESIGN / Fashion & AccessoriesGenre/Form: Handbooks and manuals. | Patterns. | Nonfiction. | Handbooks and manuals.DDC classification: 646.432
Contents:
Skills. Getting ready to sew -- Basic dress construction -- Finishing details -- Giving the dress structure -- Techniques for special fabrics -- Fitting -- Wardrobe.
Summary: Every vintage-obsessed sewist dreams of having a closet full of gorgeous dresses. The follow-up to the popular Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing and Gertie Sews Vintage Casual, Gertie's Ultimate Dress Book is packed with all the information and patterns you could ever need to create a wardrobe filled with stunning vintage frocks. The book begins with all the essential techniques for dressmaking and includes instructions and patterns for 23 dresses for a variety of occasions. Elements of each pattern can be mixed and matched, allowing readers to customise the bodice, skirt, sleeves, pockets and details of each dress for a truly unique creation.
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Every vintage-obsessed sewist dreams of having a closet full of gorgeous dresses. The follow-up to the popular Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing and Gertie Sews Vintage Casual , Gertie's Ultimate Dress Book is packed with all the information and patterns you could ever need to create a wardrobe filled with stunning vintage frocks. The book begins with all the essential techniques for dressmaking and includes instructions and patterns for 23 dresses for a variety of occasions. Elements of each pattern can be mixed and matched, allowing readers to customize the bodice, skirt, sleeves, pockets, and details of each dress for a truly unique creation.

Includes bibliographical references (page 230) and index.

Skills. Getting ready to sew -- Basic dress construction -- Finishing details -- Giving the dress structure -- Techniques for special fabrics -- Fitting -- Wardrobe.

Every vintage-obsessed sewist dreams of having a closet full of gorgeous dresses. The follow-up to the popular Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing and Gertie Sews Vintage Casual, Gertie's Ultimate Dress Book is packed with all the information and patterns you could ever need to create a wardrobe filled with stunning vintage frocks. The book begins with all the essential techniques for dressmaking and includes instructions and patterns for 23 dresses for a variety of occasions. Elements of each pattern can be mixed and matched, allowing readers to customise the bodice, skirt, sleeves, pockets and details of each dress for a truly unique creation.

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Library Journal Review

Hirsch (-Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing) is best known for her vintage-inspired designs. Her latest book focuses on dressmaking, and since dresses are a staple of retro-chic wardrobes, it's a good fit. As with her previous books, there's an extensive section on dressmaking skills, including choosing appropriate fabrics, finishing seams, adding structure (including boning and skirt support), and working with special fabrics such as sheers and lace. Fitting is an essential element of making retro garments work, and Hirsch outlines the basics of taking measurements, making adjustments, and creating a muslin. The patterns are presented mix-and-match style, with seven bodice styles (including a variety of necklines as well as a strapless bodice), six skirt styles, and a variety of add-ons, including both long and short sleeves, a peplum, cuffs, collars, and pockets. Hirsch includes 23 designs that combine these elements, with complete instructions for garment construction. The patterns are included on pull-out sheets; sizes range from two to 16. VERDICT Though these garments are less suitable for everyday wear than the ones featured in her previous book, Gertie Sews Vintage Casual, the retro-style dresses will appeal to sewists interested in customizing their own 1950s style frock. Hirsch gives clear explanations of dressmaking techniques, but this book is most appropriate for sewists with basic dressmaking experience. © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Booklist Review

This truly comprehensive guide to sewing vintage dresses has been lovingly created by a passionate enthusiast. Every step of the process of constructing a dress is detailed, and techniques and patterns are illustrated with ample color photographs. The first half of the book includes information that will be useful to those making dresses and will translate to making other types of garments. A guide details how to select and pretreat fabrics, a necessity for creating comfortable, durable garments that can be worn and laundered repeatedly. Finishing techniques are also covered, including many details related to linings, a notoriously tricky aspect of dressmaking. The second half contains 23 vintage-inspired dresses that can be completed using the instructions outlined in the first half. In all sections, the author explains not only what is important but why. Paper patterns printed on sturdy stock are included in a back pocket, ready for the reader to trace onto dressmaker's paper. This book has a concealed ring wire binding which makes it easy to keep the desired page open while working from the instructions.--Heidemann, Anne Copyright 2016 Booklist