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Having some fitting issues! Read all about it https://catiesews.blogspot.com/2018/01/kong-inspired-bodice-muslin-fitting_17.html?m=1 attempting a small bust adjustment tomorrow... wish me luck! #gertiesultimatedressbook #beginspired #sewing #2018makenine #makingprogress
This was my suitcase as I packed to return home from holiday - I was quite surprised to see that I made everything here! I was also happy to see so much colour and so many dresses, my packed wardrobe on my last holiday was pretty much all plain black mix’n’match separates, this is so much better. About half of these items are made from Designer Stitch patterns, the rest are variations from Gertie’s Ultimate Dress Book.  @designerstitch #willowkimono #ravanna #gypsydress @gertie18 #gertiesultimatedressbook #gertiebygretchenhirschfabric #holidaypacking
This was my suitcase as I packed to return home from holiday - I was quite surprised to see that I made everything here! I was also happy to see so much colour and so many dresses, my packed wardrobe on my last holiday was pretty much all plain black mix’n’match separates, this is so much better. About half of these items are made from Designer Stitch patterns, the rest are variations from Gertie’s Ultimate Dress Book. @designerstitch #willowkimono  #ravanna  #gypsydress  @gertie18 #gertiesultimatedressbook  #gertiebygretchenhirschfabric  #holidaypacking 
My #2018makenine consists of a lot of @gertie18 and @sewoveritlondon patterns to make an adorable vintage style wardrobe. 
#monetadress 
#b6284
#gabletop
#gertiesultimatedressbook (basic bodice with narrow shoulder adjustment)
#lamourdress 
#ritablouse 
#soipennydress 
#carolynpajamas 
#soi1940steadress
Today’s #wip! Some of you may remember this embroidered mesh I bought a couple months ago. Decided last night to make a v-neck dress with it (using a slightly adjusted pattern from #gertiesultimatedressbook). The print placement was a bit tricky, as I wanted the vines to follow the neckline on the front and back, but I’m pretty happy with it so far. The skirt will most likely be a simple gathered one, or possibly a pencil, since I don’t have a lot of yardage left. ❤️ #sewing #sewcialists #handmade #embroideredmesh #embroideredtulle #embroideredlace #floral #dress #fashion #fashiondesign #imakemyownclothes
Today’s #wip ! Some of you may remember this embroidered mesh I bought a couple months ago. Decided last night to make a v-neck dress with it (using a slightly adjusted pattern from #gertiesultimatedressbook ). The print placement was a bit tricky, as I wanted the vines to follow the neckline on the front and back, but I’m pretty happy with it so far. The skirt will most likely be a simple gathered one, or possibly a pencil, since I don’t have a lot of yardage left. ❤️ #sewing  #sewcialists  #handmade  #embroideredmesh  #embroideredtulle  #embroideredlace  #floral  #dress  #fashion  #fashiondesign  #imakemyownclothes 
I need your help!!! I don't know which piping scheme I want to go with! (Details as to why I need a piping scheme to begin with in my latest blog post, link in profile). Imagine the scheme where the arrows point in the first image, then tell me which of the three you like best! Thanks! #beginspired #gertiesultimatedressbook #sewing #2018makenine
I need your help!!! I don't know which piping scheme I want to go with! (Details as to why I need a piping scheme to begin with in my latest blog post, link in profile). Imagine the scheme where the arrows point in the first image, then tell me which of the three you like best! Thanks! #beginspired  #gertiesultimatedressbook  #sewing  #2018makenine 
Started on a new dress for myself. Hopefully I can finish it soon, so I can still wear it this winter.
Started on a new dress for myself. Hopefully I can finish it soon, so I can still wear it this winter.
Project update! Making a toile to check sizing. I’m undecided about the sleeves though, any suggestions from my fellow sewers? #gertiesultimatedressbook #patternsbygertie #princessseams #pleats #sewersofinstagram #sewing #sewingproject #sewsewsew #bluedress #suggestions #sleevesuggestionsneeded #whatkindofsleevedoineed
New post up on the blog! I got my flannel #ritablouse pattern pieces all cut out, my Kong inspired bodice all cut out, went shopping to pick up some netting to make Gertie's new #b6350 (not sure which one yet...) and grabbed some knit fabric to try out! Can't gain experience without trying new things! #beginspired #charmpatternsbygertie #sewing #2018makenine #gertiesultimatedressbook
I have my Gertie Frankenpattern started! More details on my blog! Link in profile. #gertiesultimatedressbook #beginspiration #sewing #2018makenine #memade
In this New Year, I want to work on sewing better garments more quickly. I am super excited to dig into this book and start some projects! ✂️🎀👗 #gertiesultimatedressbook #gertie #sewing #diy #newyear
Confession... I didn't do any sewing today. What!? I know. Most sewists live for the weekends to be able to pound through their latest projects and dream garments because they work all week and only have nights and weekends for their passion (I will not be calling it a hobby... that makes it sound like something I do for fun when I'm bored. It's not, my sewing has a purpose). I, however, am lucky enough to have a husband who is able to support not only our household, but, also my passion (fabric is not cheap!), so although many weekends throughout this journey will be used for some sewing, it is not priority as I am able to sew pretty much whenever I want. I did LOOK at my project... and I decided that I'm going to attempt the seams without the grading. I believe that since it is a gathered top there is room to stretch the size 4 top to the size 6 bottom. I also did a little reading and a little dreaming. I grabbed my Complete Photo Guide to Sewing (something I bought around 2009 and has been sitting neatly in a closet ever since) and found out just how useful some of the tips could be. I also did a little research in decent books to invest in, and luckily at least one of them I can check out at the library before dropping dollars on it. Enough of the boring stuff though, I also want to show you my BEGIN project for this month! I haven't started it yet, but I have it all thought out. You won't believe where the inspiration came from... my husband and I watched Kong: Skull Island and this dress just called to me. The following images show the maship I plan to do to make the bodice as close as I can. I want to take the neckline from the blue floral/red wool dress and put it on the bodice of the red floral dress. #beginspired #beginspiration  #sewing #gertiesultimatedressbook #memade #2018makenine
Confession... I didn't do any sewing today. What!? I know. Most sewists live for the weekends to be able to pound through their latest projects and dream garments because they work all week and only have nights and weekends for their passion (I will not be calling it a hobby... that makes it sound like something I do for fun when I'm bored. It's not, my sewing has a purpose). I, however, am lucky enough to have a husband who is able to support not only our household, but, also my passion (fabric is not cheap!), so although many weekends throughout this journey will be used for some sewing, it is not priority as I am able to sew pretty much whenever I want. I did LOOK at my project... and I decided that I'm going to attempt the seams without the grading. I believe that since it is a gathered top there is room to stretch the size 4 top to the size 6 bottom. I also did a little reading and a little dreaming. I grabbed my Complete Photo Guide to Sewing (something I bought around 2009 and has been sitting neatly in a closet ever since) and found out just how useful some of the tips could be. I also did a little research in decent books to invest in, and luckily at least one of them I can check out at the library before dropping dollars on it. Enough of the boring stuff though, I also want to show you my BEGIN project for this month! I haven't started it yet, but I have it all thought out. You won't believe where the inspiration came from... my husband and I watched Kong: Skull Island and this dress just called to me. The following images show the maship I plan to do to make the bodice as close as I can. I want to take the neckline from the blue floral/red wool dress and put it on the bodice of the red floral dress. #beginspired  #beginspiration  #sewing  #gertiesultimatedressbook  #memade  #2018makenine 
Vintage muumuu to #gertiesultimatedressbook faux sarong dress. #gerties #gertie #gretchenhirsch #refashion
I was having trouble following the right lines to grade between 3 sizes on one piece (yay annoying body proportions!) so I decided to color code them. 
Each color number matches the pencil I used so I can go back and color code other pattern pieces if I need to later.  #sewinghacks #gertiesultimatedressbook #goodexcusetouseallmyprismacolors  #phillysews #isew
These are my sewing related Christmas gifts.  My son gave me the Gerties Ultimate Dress Book and my daughter gave me the Grainline Studio Alder Shirtdress pattern.  I'm already working on the #aldershirtdress and look forward to making a dress from #gertiesultimatedressbook.  These are perfect gifts.  Thanks guys!  @sirantnieves @olivera.reina #sewing #grainlinestudio #sewingproducts #sewingpatterns #christmasgifts
Going with the #makenine this year! Definitely different than what I normally sew, and not quite as lofty as goals in previous years. It was difficult choosing just nine! But it's a good starting point!
#makenine2018 #sewing #sewingplans #vintagepatterns #vintage #vintagepledge #babypatterns #fabrics #knits #fleece #cotton #gertiesultimatedressbook #mccalls #kwiksew #simplicity #butterick #patterns #patternstash
Day 4: I made this dress and never wore it because I couldn't figure out what belt to wear with it - enter burgundy sash! I made it this morning before work with that two hour time delay 😊 #gertiesultimatedressbook #madebyme #sewcialists #plaid @gertie18
Day 4: I made this dress and never wore it because I couldn't figure out what belt to wear with it - enter burgundy sash! I made it this morning before work with that two hour time delay 😊 #gertiesultimatedressbook  #madebyme  #sewcialists  #plaid  @gertie18
I’m loving everyone’s #2018makenine posts, and honored to see so many of my patterns included! (I get a real thrill seeing the library of patterns that I’ve built up over the years in my books, for Butterick, and now my new indie line.) As for me, I’m busy making more patterns! I just scheduled the next #charmpatterns photoshoot, and there are more Butterick #patternsbygertie coming your way too. Can’t wait to show you what I’ve been up to, and to see all your gorgeous new garments! #sewcialists #sewing #charmpatternsbygertie #gertiesultimatedressbook
I’m loving everyone’s #2018makenine  posts, and honored to see so many of my patterns included! (I get a real thrill seeing the library of patterns that I’ve built up over the years in my books, for Butterick, and now my new indie line.) As for me, I’m busy making more patterns! I just scheduled the next #charmpatterns  photoshoot, and there are more Butterick #patternsbygertie  coming your way too. Can’t wait to show you what I’ve been up to, and to see all your gorgeous new garments! #sewcialists  #sewing  #charmpatternsbygertie  #gertiesultimatedressbook 
@gertie18 I'm so glad to have received Gertie's Ultimate Dress Book this Christmas! I've only just started reading it and it's already inspired many new creations (that have yet to be made). I'm hoping to finish a project before going back to school next week! 
p.s. that may or may not be a petticoat and a mickey mouse overall dress but you didn't hear it from me😉
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#gertiesultimatedressbook #sewing #tulle #petticoat #dress #overalls #disney #mickeymouse
@gertie18 I'm so glad to have received Gertie's Ultimate Dress Book this Christmas! I've only just started reading it and it's already inspired many new creations (that have yet to be made). I'm hoping to finish a project before going back to school next week! p.s. that may or may not be a petticoat and a mickey mouse overall dress but you didn't hear it from me😉 * * * * * #gertiesultimatedressbook  #sewing  #tulle  #petticoat  #dress  #overalls  #disney  #mickeymouse 
Some dresses throw themselves together. This was not one of those dresses. I just couldn't make the pattern work in my head. And yet it seems the #patience paid off- check out how the pattern matches at the back, totally by accident!!!! Also, finally nailed the adjustments to the bodice pattern from #gertiesultimatedressbook after many dresses of tinkering 🔪👗🛠#sewhappy with my #birthdaydress! #frocktastic #lovethatlightswitch
Some dresses throw themselves together. This was not one of those dresses. I just couldn't make the pattern work in my head. And yet it seems the #patience  paid off- check out how the pattern matches at the back, totally by accident!!!! Also, finally nailed the adjustments to the bodice pattern from #gertiesultimatedressbook  after many dresses of tinkering 🔪👗🛠#sewhappy  with my #birthdaydress ! #frocktastic  #lovethatlightswitch 
Happy New Year, everyone! 🥂🎉❤️ I suppose it’s time to take down the tree now. 🎄

Here is my NYE dress, which is one of my last makes from 2017 - I used @gertie18’s modification on the sweetheart bodice from the Ultimate Dress Book, combined with a 3/4 circle skirt and a basic gathered skirt overlay (same as the mint dress I made earlier in the year, just a different neckline). A lot of people said it reminded them of cat ears! 🐱

#lbd #nye #newyearseve #happynewyear #sewing #sewcialists #handmade #vintageinspired #gertiesultimatedressbook
Happy New Year, everyone! 🥂🎉❤️ I suppose it’s time to take down the tree now. 🎄 Here is my NYE dress, which is one of my last makes from 2017 - I used @gertie18’s modification on the sweetheart bodice from the Ultimate Dress Book, combined with a 3/4 circle skirt and a basic gathered skirt overlay (same as the mint dress I made earlier in the year, just a different neckline). A lot of people said it reminded them of cat ears! 🐱 #lbd  #nye  #newyearseve  #happynewyear  #sewing  #sewcialists  #handmade  #vintageinspired  #gertiesultimatedressbook 
Mein #kreativvorsatz2018 ist mehr Kleidung aus festen Stoffen (und gerne hochwertigen Stoffen) sowie Accessoires zu nähen. Quasi weg von Jersey.
Ausgestattet habe ich mich erstmal mit den Büchern von @gertie18 und ich freue mich jetzt schon auf dieses Vorhaben ❤✂❤✂❤✂❤
#instachallenge #meinkreativerjahreswechsel von @lalillyherzileien und @carosfummeley .
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#gertiesultimatedressbook #sewingforme #sewing #isewmyownclothes #makersgonnamake #sewingaddict #sewistofinstagram #nähen #nähenverbindet #diy #handmade #selfmade
Mein #kreativvorsatz2018  ist mehr Kleidung aus festen Stoffen (und gerne hochwertigen Stoffen) sowie Accessoires zu nähen. Quasi weg von Jersey. Ausgestattet habe ich mich erstmal mit den Büchern von @gertie18 und ich freue mich jetzt schon auf dieses Vorhaben ❤✂❤✂❤✂❤ #instachallenge  #meinkreativerjahreswechsel  von @lalillyherzileien und @carosfummeley . . . #gertiesultimatedressbook  #sewingforme  #sewing  #isewmyownclothes  #makersgonnamake  #sewingaddict  #sewistofinstagram  #nähen  #nähenverbindet  #diy  #handmade  #selfmade 
My favourite look of 2017 for #vintageyearinreview. I’m going to cheat a bit and have two - one 40s and one 50s; both @gertie18 patterns! I made three versions of #butterick b6380 and five variations on the boat-neck bodice from #gertiesultimatedressbook - with further versions of both planned.
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#vintagestyle #vintagegirl #vintagelife #vintageootd #vintageinspired #vintageinstagram #ootd #ootdsocialclub #pinupstyle #pinuplife #modernpinup #retro #vintageinspiration #sewing #sewvintage #sewistsofinstagram #vintagesewing #sewersofinstagram #ilovesewing #diyfashion #creativelife #abmcrafty #sewingproject #patternsbygertie #memadeeveryday #tuppencehapennymakes
My favourite look of 2017 for #vintageyearinreview . I’m going to cheat a bit and have two - one 40s and one 50s; both @gertie18 patterns! I made three versions of #butterick  b6380 and five variations on the boat-neck bodice from #gertiesultimatedressbook  - with further versions of both planned. . . . #vintagestyle  #vintagegirl  #vintagelife  #vintageootd  #vintageinspired  #vintageinstagram  #ootd  #ootdsocialclub  #pinupstyle  #pinuplife  #modernpinup  #retro  #vintageinspiration  #sewing  #sewvintage  #sewistsofinstagram  #vintagesewing  #sewersofinstagram  #ilovesewing  #diyfashion  #creativelife  #abmcrafty  #sewingproject  #patternsbygertie  #memadeeveryday  #tuppencehapennymakes 
One floral surplice dress! I'm in love with this ❤ another easy to follow pattern from #gretchenhirsch out of the #ultimatedressbook. Now to press and hem! #sewshel #madebyme #gertiesultimatedressbook #zipgameimproving
Hopefully these two books will help me create a beautiful dress for my 30th birthday in a few weeks!! 👗 •
#couturesewing #couturesewingtechniques #gertiesultimatedressbook #dressmaking #sewist #icansew #birthdaydress #30thbirthday #29again #goodbye20s
#vintageyearinreview day 5: achievements. I kind of jumped the gun on this one in my intro post, so I’ll focus two achievements for 2017 - one sartorial and one academic/professional: winning a category in the #sewingthescene challenge with my recreation of Catherine Deneuve’s dress from the film “8 Women”, and graduating my Masters degree with Distinction (coincidentally, both dresses are versions of the boat-neck bodice from @gertie18’s #gertiesultimatedressbook).
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There have been all sorts of other achievements along the way - starting a new job, building new friendships, and fitting a bodice sloper so I can step up my sewing game in 2018 - but these two stand out in particular.
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#vintagestyle #vintagegirl #vintagelife #vintageootd #ootd #ootdsocialclub #pinupstyle #pinuplife #modernpinup #sewing #makeitsewcial #sewcialists #vintagesewing #ilovesewing #diyfashion #creativelife #abmcrafty #sewingproject #memadeeveryday #instasew #sewcialist #handmadewardrobe #imadethis #memade #tuppencehapennymakes
#vintageyearinreview  day 5: achievements. I kind of jumped the gun on this one in my intro post, so I’ll focus two achievements for 2017 - one sartorial and one academic/professional: winning a category in the #sewingthescene  challenge with my recreation of Catherine Deneuve’s dress from the film “8 Women”, and graduating my Masters degree with Distinction (coincidentally, both dresses are versions of the boat-neck bodice from @gertie18’s #gertiesultimatedressbook ). 🌟 There have been all sorts of other achievements along the way - starting a new job, building new friendships, and fitting a bodice sloper so I can step up my sewing game in 2018 - but these two stand out in particular. 🌟 #vintagestyle  #vintagegirl  #vintagelife  #vintageootd  #ootd  #ootdsocialclub  #pinupstyle  #pinuplife  #modernpinup  #sewing  #makeitsewcial  #sewcialists  #vintagesewing  #ilovesewing  #diyfashion  #creativelife  #abmcrafty  #sewingproject  #memadeeveryday  #instasew  #sewcialist  #handmadewardrobe  #imadethis  #memade  #tuppencehapennymakes 
Wrapping up 2017 with my #2018makenine ...I'm so excited to build my #handmadewardrobe this upcoming year. I'm hoping to add pants... Ginger jeans, Lander pants, and Flint pants are at the top of my list. I'm also hoping to make dresses for #vivaeast with the Lamour dress and Rockabilly dress. Wrap tops/dresses are my favorite,  so I've got a variety of those here too! And what's a new year without a challenge... the Kelly anorak has been on my list for so long, so 2018 is the year!
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#makenine #sewist #seamstress #sewersofinstagram #isew #lovetosew #gertie #lamourdress #charmpatterns #rockabilly #gertiesultimatedressbook #butterick #truebias #landerpants #closetcase #gingerjeans #kellyanorak #sewoverit #soievedress #namedclothing #kielowrapdress #flintpants #megannielsen
Wrapping up 2017 with my #2018makenine  ...I'm so excited to build my #handmadewardrobe  this upcoming year. I'm hoping to add pants... Ginger jeans, Lander pants, and Flint pants are at the top of my list. I'm also hoping to make dresses for #vivaeast  with the Lamour dress and Rockabilly dress. Wrap tops/dresses are my favorite, so I've got a variety of those here too! And what's a new year without a challenge... the Kelly anorak has been on my list for so long, so 2018 is the year! . . . . #makenine  #sewist  #seamstress  #sewersofinstagram  #isew  #lovetosew  #gertie  #lamourdress  #charmpatterns  #rockabilly  #gertiesultimatedressbook  #butterick  #truebias  #landerpants  #closetcase  #gingerjeans  #kellyanorak  #sewoverit  #soievedress  #namedclothing  #kielowrapdress  #flintpants  #megannielsen 
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! I was very lucky indeed to get a range of beautiful, thoughtful gifts that will help me boost my sewing skills in the new year. I've got plenty of reading to do! .
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#sewing #sewist #sewcialist #isew #imakemyclothes #memade #handmadewardrobe #ernestwright #secretsofsewinglingerie #SaraAlm #flatpatternmethod #janome #janomerufflerfoot #frenchcurve #gertiesultimatedressbook #thecuratedcloset
Playing dress up with my new friend from sears close out sale in the dress I made from #gertiesultimatedressbook . You may call her Beatrice. #sewing #sewcialists
When your expandable dining room table transforms into the perfect cutting/tracing table 😍 Getting ready to dive into my first muslin from #gertiesultimatedressbook 
#waxpapersheetsrule #2secondslateracatwalkedacrossit
Ewan is building his new Lego kits he got for Christmas, while I cut out a couple of pattern muslins. One for the schoolhouse tunic by Sew Liberated, the other for the basic bodice from Gertie's book, which will become a fitting sloper.

#schoolhousetunic 
#gertie18 
#gertiesultimatedressbook
Ewan is building his new Lego kits he got for Christmas, while I cut out a couple of pattern muslins. One for the schoolhouse tunic by Sew Liberated, the other for the basic bodice from Gertie's book, which will become a fitting sloper. #schoolhousetunic  #gertie18  #gertiesultimatedressbook 
Loving the exposed facing on this @gertie18 Plaid Rockabilly Dress from #gertiesultimatedressbook #sewing #sew #dressmaking 
Fabric from @spotlightstores
Who said rainbow zips are just for bags? Thanks @whosayssew.com_supplies for making my skirt a bit more sparkly 💕#needtobuymorezippers #rainbowzipper #whosayssewhardware #gertiesultimatedressbook #pencilskirt #holidaysewing #igotthekidsoutofthepoolfirst #bestilllookinanaerialsilk #freefabricisthebestfabric
#spotlight  gift card + #gertiesultimatedressbook + sale fabric = one happy gal! Next project - the Floral Surplice Dress. New techniques for me will  be the surplice bit & side pleats. I have successfully sewn box pleats so I'm thinking the side pleats schools be easy for me.  Could I have chosen a more similar fabric! #bitchesbestitchin
#spotlight  gift card + #gertiesultimatedressbook  + sale fabric = one happy gal! Next project - the Floral Surplice Dress. New techniques for me will be the surplice bit & side pleats. I have successfully sewn box pleats so I'm thinking the side pleats schools be easy for me. Could I have chosen a more similar fabric! #bitchesbestitchin 
My boyfriend gave me #gertiesultimatedressbook for Christmas! I'm so excited to get started!
GERESERVEERD € 13,25 gloednieuw, dubbel Kerstcadeau. Bij aankoop steek ik er graag een stofje bij! Heel mooi en vooral ook duidelijk vormgegeven, naast de vele patronen vind je er een volledig hoofdstuk over hoe jurken van een voering te voorzien in terug #gertiesultimatedressbook
GERESERVEERD € 13,25 gloednieuw, dubbel Kerstcadeau. Bij aankoop steek ik er graag een stofje bij! Heel mooi en vooral ook duidelijk vormgegeven, naast de vele patronen vind je er een volledig hoofdstuk over hoe jurken van een voering te voorzien in terug #gertiesultimatedressbook 
It's Christmas Eve- let the celebrations begin!! 🎄 Dress- handmade using pattern from @gertie18 ultimate dress book Fabric from @spotlightstores 🎄 Shoes- @baitfootwear 🎄 Necklace- @erstwilderofficial 🎄
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#pinup #pinupchristmas #pinupcountdown #pinupchristmascountdown #pinupfashion #pinupsofmelbourne #melbournepinup #australianpinup  #vintagefashion #retrofashion #retrostyle #modernpinup #ultimatedressbook #gertiepatterns #gertiesultimatedressbook #spotlightstores #baitfootwear #baitfootwearbabe #erstwilder #broochaddict @missrougenz
It's Christmas Eve- let the celebrations begin!! 🎄 Dress- handmade using pattern from @gertie18 ultimate dress book Fabric from @spotlightstores 🎄 Shoes- @baitfootwear 🎄 Necklace- @erstwilderofficial 🎄 🎄 🎄 #pinup  #pinupchristmas  #pinupcountdown  #pinupchristmascountdown  #pinupfashion  #pinupsofmelbourne  #melbournepinup  #australianpinup  #vintagefashion  #retrofashion  #retrostyle  #modernpinup  #ultimatedressbook  #gertiepatterns  #gertiesultimatedressbook  #spotlightstores  #baitfootwear  #baitfootwearbabe  #erstwilder  #broochaddict  @missrougenz
Last nights work Xmas party theme was Dia de los Muertos. Bodice from #gertiesultimatedressbook with boning and horsehair braid. Skirt from vintage 1962 #S4298 view 1 with added pockets. Fabric from @spotlightstores from my stash. Homemade floral headband. Vintage 1960s bag thrifted from #lifelinestores and necklace from #sugarandvice on etsy. #isewmyownclothes #sewingismyhappyplace #memadedecember
Red silk velvet Christmas dress completed. Strapless bodice and pencil skirt from #gertiesultimatedressbook with a self draped swoopy thing.
Red silk velvet Christmas dress completed. Strapless bodice and pencil skirt from #gertiesultimatedressbook  with a self draped swoopy thing.
Pretty chuffed with my first dress from @gertie18 Ultimate Dress Book. I took the boat neck bodice and 3/4circle skirt and made it up in this pretty Rose & Hubble Christmas bauble fabric. 
I chose the circle skirt over a gathered or pleated one so as to avoid any volume at the waist. 
I took my time finishing seams and edges to get a really neat look and hemmed with bias tape which worked really well too. 
Perfect for last  full day of school tomorrow. 
#gertiesultimatedressbook #vintagiousatwork #vintagioussewing #vintagious #madebyme #vintagesewing
Pretty chuffed with my first dress from @gertie18 Ultimate Dress Book. I took the boat neck bodice and 3/4circle skirt and made it up in this pretty Rose & Hubble Christmas bauble fabric. I chose the circle skirt over a gathered or pleated one so as to avoid any volume at the waist. I took my time finishing seams and edges to get a really neat look and hemmed with bias tape which worked really well too. Perfect for last full day of school tomorrow. #gertiesultimatedressbook  #vintagiousatwork  #vintagioussewing  #vintagious  #madebyme  #vintagesewing 
Nämen. Terapiklänning som blivit klar?
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Didn't mean to be quite so...centered with that motif. Oh well. ONWARD. #gertiesultimatedressbook
I'm modeling the Xmas present for my friend Dominika: the butterfly dress! 🎊🎊🎊Dominika is taller, slimmer, with a reasonably sized bust, which is at least 5cm higher than mine... 😒 😆 So for me, the dress is too tight and too long... and I still love it!!! 😍 I definitely need to make one for myself - luckily I've got enough of this beautiful fabric left👏👏👏
This is a basic bodice in size 8 from #gertiesultimatedressbook with a self drafted skirt with pockets ( which I also made based on what I learned from @gertie18 's awesome beginner-tutorial  for gathered skirts on YouTube). #2017makenine #retrosewing #vintagesewing #xmaspresent
I'm modeling the Xmas present for my friend Dominika: the butterfly dress! 🎊🎊🎊Dominika is taller, slimmer, with a reasonably sized bust, which is at least 5cm higher than mine... 😒 😆 So for me, the dress is too tight and too long... and I still love it!!! 😍 I definitely need to make one for myself - luckily I've got enough of this beautiful fabric left👏👏👏 This is a basic bodice in size 8 from #gertiesultimatedressbook  with a self drafted skirt with pockets ( which I also made based on what I learned from @gertie18 's awesome beginner-tutorial for gathered skirts on YouTube). #2017makenine  #retrosewing  #vintagesewing  #xmaspresent 
A few Christmas presents came early. So many choices! At least there's plenty of time for practice before my #dressmakingworkshop with @gertie18 all the way in June 😫

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Been wanting to but this book for ages! Can't wait to buy more fabric and fill my closet with more handmade pieces. Retail therapy for my broken heart 💔 
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You know, I made this dress two years ago and only wore it to take pictures with my cat. It finally got a proper outing last night! Pattern from my book #gertiesultimatedressbook with adaptations for boob greenery. 🎄#christmassewing #kitschmas #merrymerry
Finalement changement de programme, pour ma robe 1 de #magarderobepourlesfetes je fais plutôt un modèle de mon idole @gertie18 de son livre #gertiesultimatedressbook. Mais avec un de custo et une jupe cercle plutôt qu’une jupe droite. Hâte de la porter! Tartan de @toto_1961_ 
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Finalement changement de programme, pour ma robe 1 de #magarderobepourlesfetes  je fais plutôt un modèle de mon idole @gertie18 de son livre #gertiesultimatedressbook . Mais avec un de custo et une jupe cercle plutôt qu’une jupe droite. Hâte de la porter! Tartan de @toto_1961_ Instagram #jecoudsdoncjesuis  #coutureaddict  #cousette  #memade  #jeportecequejecouds  #jecoudscequejeporte  #sewing  #pasioncouture  #couturevintage  #vintagecouture  #vintagestyle  #vintagedress  #dress  #butterick  #gertie  #charmpaternbygertie  #sewingaddict  #tissuaddict  #sewvintage 
This might be the best I’ll ever look in an aerial silk! This beautiful fabric was an aerial silk in a previous life but I found it in the boomerang bags cupboard & liberated it!! The pattern is from @gertie18’s ultimate dress book with a neckline borrowed straight from one of her dresses and some piping because I can :) #thisbetterfit #upcycled #gertiesultimatedressbook #gertiediditbetter #aerialsilk #fourthtimelucky
Here's the holiday dress before hemming. I actually prefer this longer length but the fabric wasn't wide enough. Ah, well. I'll post a post-hemming shot soon but I need to finish trimming the netting underneath. Bodice is the strapless bodice from @gertie18's #gertiesultimatedressbook combined with a many layers circle skirt. #holidaydress #party #circleskirt #sequindress #festive
Here's the holiday dress before hemming. I actually prefer this longer length but the fabric wasn't wide enough. Ah, well. I'll post a post-hemming shot soon but I need to finish trimming the netting underneath. Bodice is the strapless bodice from @gertie18's #gertiesultimatedressbook  combined with a many layers circle skirt. #holidaydress  #party  #circleskirt  #sequindress  #festive 
Flashback to the Miss Yvonne-inspired Christmas dress I made two years ago! I had hoped to make a new dress for a holiday event this Friday night but the clock is ticking (and all my energy is going into a new Charm Pattern) so I may be wearing this one again. Made with patterns from #gertiesultimatedressbook, with bodice modifications. #merrykitschmas #missyvonne #christmassewing #christmasdress
Flashback to the Miss Yvonne-inspired Christmas dress I made two years ago! I had hoped to make a new dress for a holiday event this Friday night but the clock is ticking (and all my energy is going into a new Charm Pattern) so I may be wearing this one again. Made with patterns from #gertiesultimatedressbook , with bodice modifications. #merrykitschmas  #missyvonne  #christmassewing  #christmasdress 
It’s nice that she allows me to pin things during awake hours! #sewing #gertiesultimatedressbook #diy #momming #parenting #baby
I made this dress back in the summer but only got around to photographing it this weekend! It’s made in an inexpensive rayon crepon which I bought because I thought the floral-on-woodgrain-effect print was very midcentury-looking. The bodice is (yet) another version of the boat neck bodice from @gertie18’s #gertiesultimatedressbook, although you can’t tell because it’s under the cardigan, so you’ll just have to take my word for it.
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The fabric is quite lightweight and was kind of a pain to cut and sew because it kept moving around, as crepe does, and I came close to abandoning it after I messed up the zipper insertion. I’m glad I didn’t though - I actually wear it all the time: it’s cute without being dressy, it’s comfortable thanks to the little bit of give in the crepon, and it can be layered up for cooler weather with boots and a beret.
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I made this dress back in the summer but only got around to photographing it this weekend! It’s made in an inexpensive rayon crepon which I bought because I thought the floral-on-woodgrain-effect print was very midcentury-looking. The bodice is (yet) another version of the boat neck bodice from @gertie18’s #gertiesultimatedressbook , although you can’t tell because it’s under the cardigan, so you’ll just have to take my word for it. 🌹 The fabric is quite lightweight and was kind of a pain to cut and sew because it kept moving around, as crepe does, and I came close to abandoning it after I messed up the zipper insertion. I’m glad I didn’t though - I actually wear it all the time: it’s cute without being dressy, it’s comfortable thanks to the little bit of give in the crepon, and it can be layered up for cooler weather with boots and a beret. 🌹 #vintagewinter  #vintagedecemberstyle  #glamcember  #vintagestyle  #vintagegirl  #vintagelife  #vintageootd  #ootd  #sewvintage  #makeitsewcial  #sewcialists  #sewistsofinstagram  #vintagesewing  #sewersofinstagram  #ilovesewing  #diyfashion  #creativelife  #abmcrafty  #imadethis  #tuppencehapennymakes  #memadeeveryday  #ootdsocialclub  #pinupstyle  #pinuplife  #modernpinup  #vintageinspiration  #tuppencehapennymakes  . 📸 @newts_shoots
I made a pattern fitting video! It includes the pattern adjustments I make to the basic bodice and basic sleeve from Gertie’s Ultimate Dress Book. I demonstrate how I do a hollow chest, sway back, and full bicep adjustment. Check it out...link is in my bio ❤️. #gertiesultimatedressbook #patternfitting #dressmaker #sewing #youtube
I made a pattern fitting video! It includes the pattern adjustments I make to the basic bodice and basic sleeve from Gertie’s Ultimate Dress Book. I demonstrate how I do a hollow chest, sway back, and full bicep adjustment. Check it out...link is in my bio ❤️. #gertiesultimatedressbook  #patternfitting  #dressmaker  #sewing  #youtube 
Cutting the lining for my Christmas dress. Check out my sweet new pattern weights! (Left over tiny sea fastening cleats) #gertiesultimatedressbook #sewcialists #sewing
Trying out synthetic whalebone boning for the first time. While I agree that spiral steel would be preferred for structure, I wanted to avoid potentially conductive metal. As it turns out, this stuff is very cool and I found out "accidentally" that it can be sewn through 😋 Turned out to be a lifesaver and saved me from starting and stopping stitches quite a bit as various design elements in this dress have evolved as I've worked on it. Surprisingly soft for being as stiff as it is. And washable! #boning #syntheticwhalebone #evolvingdesign #dress #partydress #holidayparty #sparkle #gertiesultimatedressbook
Trying out synthetic whalebone boning for the first time. While I agree that spiral steel would be preferred for structure, I wanted to avoid potentially conductive metal. As it turns out, this stuff is very cool and I found out "accidentally" that it can be sewn through 😋 Turned out to be a lifesaver and saved me from starting and stopping stitches quite a bit as various design elements in this dress have evolved as I've worked on it. Surprisingly soft for being as stiff as it is. And washable! #boning  #syntheticwhalebone  #evolvingdesign  #dress  #partydress  #holidayparty  #sparkle  #gertiesultimatedressbook 
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My #topnine of 2017 💖 I feel so proud every picture is of one of my own made outfits 🙌🏻 thank you so much for all your support! I started sewing garments this year and I never expected to come as far as I have within 1 year! All the patterns are by Gertie except the top.  #sew #sewing #seamstress #sewsewsew #dressmaker #dressmaking #diyfashion #sewingproject #memade #homemade #cheekycherry #handmade #sewingaddict #ilovesewing #retro #retrosewing #vintage #vintagesewing #fiftiesstyle #selftought #imakemyclothes #gertiesultimatedressbook #patternsbygertie
My #topnine  of 2017 💖 I feel so proud every picture is of one of my own made outfits 🙌🏻 thank you so much for all your support! I started sewing garments this year and I never expected to come as far as I have within 1 year! All the patterns are by Gertie except the top. #sew  #sewing  #seamstress  #sewsewsew  #dressmaker  #dressmaking  #diyfashion  #sewingproject  #memade  #homemade  #cheekycherry  #handmade  #sewingaddict  #ilovesewing  #retro  #retrosewing  #vintage  #vintagesewing  #fiftiesstyle  #selftought  #imakemyclothes  #gertiesultimatedressbook  #patternsbygertie 
Off to watch Christmas with the rat pack show tonight . I only finished making this dress to wear an hour before leaving ! 😄🤞I took the patterns from gerties ultimate dress book ! Star earrings and ring is Kate Spade and shoes are irregular Choice #gertiesews #gertiesewingbooks #gertiesultimatedressbook #katespade #katespadeny #irregularchoice
Totally excited by the prospect of having a go at making some of the dresses in here! I’m a total Gertie convert! #gertiesultimatedressbook #patternsbygertie #pinupstyle #vintagesewing #vintagious
Prepping to sew down boning casings on the inside of the lining. I'm using some heavy twill for this lining because I need some real support. Bodice pattern is from Gertie's Ultimate Dress Book by @gertie18. #straplessdress #bodice #gertiesultimatedressbook #boning #casing
Last day of #OWOP17 maybe next year I will have a complete set of 7 ... nonetheless the three #princessseam dresses I have made so far are as versatile as the pattern they are made with and I love how well the bodice can be fitted with such a neat finish ... this dress was a bit of a hack as it is meant to to be fastened with a zip down the back, but I decided to try out #buttons down the front instead! I love experimenting with patterns and creating new things 😊 it's been lots of fun styling some of my #memade items this week! #fitslikeaglove #sewexcited #floraldresses #gertiesultimatedressbook #memadewardrobe @ohsewquaint @sewisfaction
Last day of #OWOP17  maybe next year I will have a complete set of 7 ... nonetheless the three #princessseam  dresses I have made so far are as versatile as the pattern they are made with and I love how well the bodice can be fitted with such a neat finish ... this dress was a bit of a hack as it is meant to to be fastened with a zip down the back, but I decided to try out #buttons  down the front instead! I love experimenting with patterns and creating new things 😊 it's been lots of fun styling some of my #memade  items this week! #fitslikeaglove  #sewexcited  #floraldresses  #gertiesultimatedressbook  #memadewardrobe  @ohsewquaint @sewisfaction
14:e terapiklänningen hoppas jag blir lika välanvänd som den nionde. Tyget är en drömsk historia med aprikosarosa blommor på olivbrungrön botten. Mönstret är något slags smashup mellan Gertie’s fullcirkelskjol med motveck och Sew many dresses basöverdel. 
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Finally blogged about a skirt I’ve worn about 15 times already... pattern from Geries Ultimate Dress Book @gertie18  https://happyechos.wordpress.com/2017/11/30/a-damn-fine-cup-of-coffee-and-a-damn-fine-skirt/  #wordpress #wordpressblogger #sewingforsanity #sewing #retro #vintagestyle #pencilskirt #handmadewardrobe #isew #gertiesultimatedressbook #gertie #memade
Thank @gertie18 for the share. I wore this dress to the Dior exhibition. It's a hard to imagine wearing it now as it's a sweltering 35°C in Melbourne

#RepostSave @gertie18 with @repostsaveapp ・・・ I love this version of my #butterick pattern #b6412 by @miss_davina_foxx! Perfect for the upcoming holidays, and with sleeeeeves. (I get asked about patterns with sleeves a lot, and this is just a friendly reminder that I’ve done several for Butterick, and that my book #gertiesultimatedressbook has sleeves in all lengths that can be used interchangeably with all the bodices except the strapless one, of course.) Thank you for sharing your lovely work .

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Thank @gertie18 for the share. I wore this dress to the Dior exhibition. It's a hard to imagine wearing it now as it's a sweltering 35°C in Melbourne #RepostSave  @gertie18 with @repostsaveapp ・・・ I love this version of my #butterick  pattern #b6412  by @miss_davina_foxx! Perfect for the upcoming holidays, and with sleeeeeves. (I get asked about patterns with sleeves a lot, and this is just a friendly reminder that I’ve done several for Butterick, and that my book #gertiesultimatedressbook  has sleeves in all lengths that can be used interchangeably with all the bodices except the strapless one, of course.) Thank you for sharing your lovely work . #pinup  #pinupgirls  #pinupstyle  #pinupgirlstyle  #rockabella  #rockabilly  #rockabillystyle  #vintageinspired  #fifties  #fiftiesstyle  #rockabillygirl  #australianpinup  #pinupmodel  #pinupgram  #pinupsdownunder  #pinupgirlsaustralia  #vintagelook 
Zap! 👊⚡️💥 Bodice from Gertie’s Ultimate Dress Book with a gathered dirndl skirt. The fabric is “Comic Words” from Joann. Worn with a vintage faux pearl brooch and cinnabar bangle. 
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Joining in late with the #OWOP17 challenge! #👗Starting with a #flatlay ... This #dress is one of several I have made using the princess seam bodice in #gertiesultimatedressbook I have a thing for #floralfabrics which will make this week interesting as it's very much winter here! The bobble hat and gloves are also #homemade by the wonderful @siggyo22 💕 #memade #sewcialite #sewexcited @sewmesunshine.uk @sewisfaction @helens__closet
I’m thinking this pattern might be good with this fabric... #sewing #dressmaking #gertiesultimatedressbook @gertie18 #gingham #ginghamdress #cherries #rockabilly
One fancy family event per decade. Here are some photos of my faux sarong dress I wore to my cousin Stacey's wedding. 
Made of a used silk sari with organza underlining and rayon and cotton linings. I am very pleased with the result.

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Nostalgically looking through my Australia photos... this was just a few short weeks ago at @spotlightstores Fountain Gate! (Yes, I now know who Kath & Kim are.) I adore the employee-draped mannequin here! #gertiebygretchenhirschfabric #gertiesultimatedressbook #gertiedoesaustraliataketwo
The difference between me and Gertie 😂 #sewing #gertiesultimatedressbook #pencilskirt #perfectfit
Look at this gorgeous lilac lace Lamour Dress from @goodheavensmissevans! She also took inspiration from the Pink Lace Party Dress in #gertiesultimatedressbook, appliqueing the lace’s scalloped selvage at the hem. So beautiful! Pattern available (printed or PDF) at the link in my profile. #charmpatternsbygertie #charmpatterns #lamourdress