Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing:: A Modern Guide to Couture-Style Sewing Using Basic Vintage Techniques (Gertie's Sewing)
Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing:: A Modern Guide to Couture-Style Sewing Using Basic Vintage Techniques (Gertie's Sewing)
Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing:: A Modern Guide to Couture-Style Sewing Using Basic Vintage Techniques (Gertie's Sewing)

Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing:: A Modern Guide to Couture-Style Sewing Using Basic Vintage Techniques (Gertie's Sewing)

  • Publish Date: 2012-09-01
  • Binding: Hardcover-spiral
  • Author: Gretchen Hirsch
Regular price $46.74 Sale price $29.52

Gretchen Gertie Hirsch is a passionate home seamstress, a sought-after sewing teacher, and the creator of one of the webs most popular sewing blogs: Gerties New Blog for Better Sewing. The blog began as a way for readers to follow Hirschs progress as she stitched all 14 fashions from the iconic 1950s sewing book Vogues New Book for Better Sewing (a Julie & Juliaesque experiment for the modern sewist). It quickly became a place for Hirsch to share tutorials and lively posts about sewing as it relates to fashion history, pop culture, body image, and gender. An extension of the blog, Gerties New Book for Better Sewing is a hardworking reference title packed with lessons on couture techniques and customization, as well as an inimitable pattern collection featuring 25 wardrobe essentials and variations inspired by vintage fashion and Gerties spirited, modern style.

Praise for Gertie's New Book For Better Sewing:

If you read Gerties New Blog for Better Sewing, you already know that Gretchen Hirsch is all about teaching basic sewing skills that some of us (guilty!) may have skipped right over when we learned to sew. Now you can find all of Gretchens sewing knowledge in one place. Martha Stewart.com

Like her blog, Hirschs book is like a chat with a friend who happens to be an expert seamstress. Even if the vintage-inspired garments aren't your style, theres plenty to learn from this book. Library Journal

The styles are all rocked out with the tattoo-clad Gertie as the model. If you love a retro pattern, then this book is the one for you. CraftGossip.com

White paper templates, not tissue! These will make it easier to trace. Sew Spoiled
I personally love the finishing details on well-made garments and found this book to be a fantastic resource for adding techniques to my repertoire. ThreadBias.com

Maybe my faaavorite part of the book is the Vintage to Modern dictionary. If you ever use vintage patterns or shop for vintage or retro-y clothes, youll love this spread! Adventures in Dressmaking

The featured wealth of skills in a range of garment-sewing techniques are perfect for the home sewer with a thirst to learn how to create pieces for her own wardrobe. EcoSalon.com

Her new book is an excellent extension of the blog that includes a fantastic collection of nine patterns to create your own vintage-inspired wardrobe. SewNews.com

One of my favourite aspects of the book is that it pulls back the curtain on construction and reveals what the insides of the garments look like. Its really helpful to take a peek at how another stitcher finishes her seams and keeps the whole thing hanging togethera very clever touch. Tilly and the Buttons

We love it, and were so excited to have it in hand. Its wonderful to be able to infuse some Gertie style into our sewing. All the projects are great, and the layout of the book is really easy to use and navigate. It has a great vintage, yet modern look. Sew Mama Sew

Gerties New Book for Better Sewing is a fun, new pattern book, featuring sewing patterns that embody author Gretchen Hirschs fresh take on vintage style.CRAFTzine.com


If you read Gerties New Blog for Better Sewing, you already know that Gretchen Hirsch is all about teaching basic sewing skills that some of us (guilty!) may have skipped right over when we learned to sew. Now you can find all of Gretchens sewing knowledge in one place. MarthaStewartLiving.com

This is not down-and-dirty sewing, but studied and time consuming. Which is awesome. Angry Chicken

Since most women are a size bigger in the hips than in the waist, the pattern proportions in the book are already adjusted to take this difference into account. When I read this in the sizing guide, I actually got out of my chair and did a little happy dance. Three cheers for patterns that are actually shaped like the women who will be using them! The Zen of Making

This book overflows with pictures, drawings and diagrams to ensure your sewing success. She also includes a whopping 25 patterns, making this book a steal! Sure to be a reference for your sewing room and guaranteed to be a resource you turn to for zippers and buttons . . . even if you dont make a single pencil skirt. Generation Q Magazine


If you are a fan of the mid-century vintage look, this book is a must-buy. Hirschs instructions are excellent, and use new technologies and techniques that didnt exist 50 years ago. Examiner.com

Customer Reviews