Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing: A Modern Guide to Couture-style Sewing Using Basic Vintage Techniques Hardcover-spiral – 1 Sep 2012
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Gretchen Hirsch is the sewing mastermind behind Gertie's New Blog for Better Sewing (blogforbettersewing.blogspot.com). She teaches sewing classes and contributesto many sewing publications. She has 15,000 blog subscribers and averages 45,000 unique monthly visitors and 350,000 monthly page views.
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So I was really buying the book in the hopes of having the various directions in my assortment of elderly sewing texts assembled in one place in an easy-to-access and illustrated format, expecting the level of description that Gertie gives on her blog: any other useful elements would be a bonus. Unfortunately, as a previous reviewer points out, this is the weakest part of the book. The written directions for specific techniques are, in the absence of detailed illustration (there is generally only one general photo given), no more helpful than the very similar paragraphs in the period sewing books I already have... useful as an aide-memoire for someone who has previously learnt the technique, but hard to visualise in the abstract.Read more ›
The book is based on Gerties blog, so i suggest you google this to see if you like her style of instruction and tone before buying. Although it is so clear that i have loaned it to a friends daughter for her textiles GCSE project where she is making a coat, and it is really helping her :)
The patterns cover a good range of clothes around a slightly retro style great for the curvier amongst us. That said the patterns are a size 18 max, shop size, so take care if you want patterns and are bigger. However the guide to altering the patterns to fit would work on the enclosed ones, so don't let a great instruction book go to waste just for this. The patterns are full size, and buying them this way is much cheaper than individual patterns. They cover skirts, dresses, shirts, coats etc. and are all modelled by the author.
Moving on - the book has many beautiful patterns and useful vintage techniques - some of which are still used in couture sewing and a very useful section on pattern fitting, which gave a quick overview (books like either Fit for Real People: Sew Great Clothes Using ANY Pattern (Sewing for Real People) or Fitting and Pattern Alteration 2nd Edition will provide pattern fitting in more detail.
However, my concern was there was not enough detailed photographs for some of the sewing techniques (in my opinion the photos gave just a quick overview - in other words there were instances where just one photo was used to represent a type of handsewing, which was a bit disappointing. What would have been helpful would be to see several photos showing the stitch from start to finish, rather than just seeing the finished product. Moreover, the other methods that were used to construct the more complicated garments, i.e.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fabulous!! Inspirational!! Can't wait to try out the patterns!!!Published 2 months ago by Donna Walton
Bought for my daughter and her aspirations to remodel clothes. Mothing much has appeared as yet but I liked the book very much and would se it myself. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Starcrosslil
The designs look great but the paterns could be indexed and labeled a lot better. Also so annoyed to find out the bow-tied blouse pattern was missing. Looks like a printing error.Published 13 months ago by mkbear
This book was exactly what I was looking for. I hadn't done any sewing for many years but had been a keen sewer in the past, so coming back to it, I was rusty but ambitious. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Jenny