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.
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.