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Gertie sews vintage casual : a modern guide to sportswear styles of the 1940s and 1950s / Gretchen Hirsch ; photographs by Karen Pearson ; illustrations by Sun Young Park.

By: Hirsch, Gretchen, 1979- [author.].
Contributor(s): Pearson, Karen (Photographer) | Park, Sun Young [illustrator.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York, NY : Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2014Description: 223 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm + 5 folded patterns.Content type: text | still image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781617690747; 1617690740.Subject(s): Dressmaking -- Patterns | Vintage clothing | Clothing and dress -- United States -- History -- 20th century | Sewing | Tailoring (Women's) | Clothing and dress | Dressmaking | Sewing | Tailoring (Women's) | Vintage clothing | United States | United States | United States | CRAFTS & HOBBIES / Sewing | DESIGN / Fashion & Accessories | 1900-1999Genre/Form: History. | Patterns.DDC classification: 646.4/04
Contents:
Finding casual inspiration -- Materials and supplies -- Skills for wovens -- Skills for knits -- Fitting -- Patternmaking -- Pattern maps -- Resources and links.
Summary: The mid-20th 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 30-plus-piece vintage-inspired casual wardrobe.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Gertie Sews Vintage Casual is Gretchen Hirsch's follow-up to Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing. In the first book, Hirsch focused on dresses, skirts and eveningwear. But the mid-20th century was also an amazing time for sportswear--think wide-legged trousers, playful beach rompers, '50s style shorts, casual dresses, fitted capri pants and casual jackets and coats. Gertie Sews Vintage Casual is organised like her first book into two major sections--Techniques and Projects. In the first part, Hirsch focuses on techniques that are specific to sportswear, such as buttonholes, collars, interfacings, pockets for shirts, special considerations when working with knit fabrics and the intricacies of pant-making. The projects in the Part II are designed to work as a complete casual wardrobe.

Spiral-bound.

Includes folded patterns in pocket.

"STC Craft/A Melanie Falick book."

The mid-20th 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 30-plus-piece vintage-inspired casual wardrobe.

Includes bibliographical references (page 218) and index.

Finding casual inspiration -- Materials and supplies -- Skills for wovens -- Skills for knits -- Fitting -- Patternmaking -- Pattern maps -- Resources and links.

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Library Journal Review

Hirsch (Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing) brings her love of midcentury retro fashion to casualwear think sweater-girl tops, Hepburn-style slacks, and stylish skirts in her latest sewing guide. The coverage of the basics is extensive and a wide variety of techniques are covered before the sewing even begins. Highlights include a detailed chapter on pattern adjustments, with a variety of scenarios given for both tops and bottoms, and the chapter on fitting, which explains exactly what measurements need to be taken to properly fit a garment to the wearer's body. The result is a sewing reference with patterns, and sewists will likely find themselves picking up this book when they need advice on adjusting a pattern or finishing a seam. The designs include a variety of basic garments, many with variations that change the style of the original, transforming them into something entirely different. The garments are modeled by women of a variety of body types, and the patterns range from sizes two through 16. VERDICT The audience for Hirsch's second book will likely be wider than that for her first, since casualwear is more accessible than retro-cocktail dresses. Though a few pieces veer toward the costumey, women will find that the garments in this collection fall well within contemporary workplace and casual styles but with a clever, retro flair. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.