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August 24

Quick Shoutout to the Gertie

I was totally stoked when my copy of Gertie’s book arrived at my office yesterday.  I had pre-ordered it quite some time ago and it arrived ahead of schedule.

As I was putting up a twitter post I happened to see that Gertie herself had also put up a post about a new launch of 2 patterns from Butterick!  Can you believe it?!

I’ve been following Gertie even before I knew how to sew.  Honestly she’s one of the main reasons why I took up sewing in the first place.  I loved how she was making all of her own vintage-inspired clothing and I wanted to do the same thing. 

I feel like I new her before she was “big”.  But even so, I think I started following her when she had around 500 followers (which is still quite big, I know).  I’ve done a few sew-alongs with her, my favorite being the Lady Grey, tailored Coat.  She actually got me loving coat-making & hand stitching by just this one project.  So for her to have a book out and her own pattern line (& doing lots more) is just the coolest thing to me.

At 8:30pm last night, I was so stoked to hear that she had 2 patterns out, I literally speed-walked to my car to get to my local Jo-Ann’s store before they closed at 9pm to pick them up.  Sadly they didn’t have it in stock yet, so I dragged myself back home and bought them online which is what I should have done in the first place.

I decided against her dress pattern, which is lovely, I just don’t think the dropped sleeves would be able to *stay* on my narrow shoulders without me tugging at them every 3 minutes.  But the coat!!!  I instantly fell in love with her coat pattern.

This is Butterick 5824, which is on sale (which ends today!!! 8/24/2012):

Here’s the line drawing also since the blue is a bit dark:

Shawl collar, dolman sleeves & swingy skirt….oh my!  What’s even better is that I already have 2 coating materials in my stash.  Hopefully I have enough yardage for the full skirt.  Gertie’s coat pattern has me itching to make this up in time for this fall/winter.

The patterns are priced at $2.88 but will soon be set at $19.95.  So if you love either of these patterns, be sure to nab them up today before the sale is over.

  1. Jane / Aug 24 2012

    I also opted for the coat and not the dress – I liked the idea of the dress, but it seemed fussier than I like my clothes to be (which, clearly, is Not Fussy At All). I don’t think I have any immediate plans to make the coat, but I felt like I had to get it anyway, just because. Gertie’s so awesome. I hope I can motivate myself to get off my butt and do the two tailoring projects that I’ve been planning for a year (!!!) but have so far been too lazy to take on.

  2. anna / Aug 24 2012

    I think it’s great that she’s getting this opportunity, but if you like the look, the original coat she made that her pattern is based on is still in print and will fit much better. (Her awesome red coat, Vogue 8346). more work but her own example shows what a great result you’ll get.

  3. Janice / Aug 24 2012

    I love Gertie too! I’m seriously considering her coat pattern, since I want to make one to replace my 8 year old (almost dying) winter coat.

  4. Stephanie / Aug 25 2012

    I’d been waiting to preorder her book till closer to the Sep. 1st release date but then I heard that people already had it so I ordered it yesterday. Can’t wait till it gets here especially since I was kind of meh about the Colette Pattern’s book.

  5. Vicki Kate / Aug 26 2012

    The book hasn’t shipped here in the UK… I can’t wait to get hold of it though! I’m with you on the Butterick patterns (also not available here yet!) the dress is gorgeous and very Gertie, but oh the COAT!

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