Thursday, September 13, 2012

My Ode to Gertie

Oh my goodness!  Two posts in one day??  I must have a lot of time on my hands ;)

Not only do I have an awesome husband who understands the need to splurge on patterns just because you have a coupon, he also understands the need to buy all of the most awesome sewing books on the market, the day before they are actually scheduled to be released!!  Yes, my local independent bookstore got Gertie's book and I bought it!  This book actually was my 10th book bought there on my frequent buyer's card so I got $17 (the average of all of my books) off my next purchase, and I got the Bust book that I've been looking at for awhile. 

Anyways, this is a crazy awesome book.  If you are interested in:
sewing vintage patterns
using vintage sewing machines
taking your sewing to the next level
sewing books with wonderful eye candy
creating a vintage wardrobe
basics of altering patterns
vintage inspired clothes
sewing in general
Gertie, herself

then, what the heck are you waiting for??  Go and buy yourself the book!!  Seriously this book is just that good.  I don't know if I would recommend it to the absolute beginner, but I would recommend it to anyone who has ever completed a sewing project.  Seriously, you need to buy this book...really, go out now and buy it.  I have a collection of sewing books and this is definitely one of my favorites.  I think this one and Colette Patterns book go hand in hand.  My mom got all weird when she saw that Gertie has tattoos...I think she forgot that I even had one...

Well, that's not much of an "ode", is it?  Oh wait, there's more.

I have officially joined Gertie's Coat Sewalong on Flickr!
I bought this really beautiful wool coating from denver fabrics, but now I am worried that it might be too heavy.  If it is, then I will just return it and getting something lighter.  I would prefer not to do that, though!!  My husband is going to Joann's tomorrow after work and picking up the pattern for me.  Did I mention that he is really understanding??

This is the fabric I got:
Isn't is just beautiful??  I really hope that it's not too heavy!  If it is, I might go with a cotton twill instead of a wool.  We'll see.

I almost got this one:
but, when my husband looked at it, he acutally said, "No, please...please no"

And, my live-in fashion consultant *cough*my-four-year-old*cough*, didn't even say anything.  She just looked at me with a weird look and walked away.  I took that as a bad sign.  I guess it would be A LOT of leopard print on a short, wide girl.  Oh well.  Maybe next coat I make will be leopard print...

That's all I have for the night!!  Hopefully I will get pictures up because I have exciting things to share!  Including a Pattern Pyramid giveaway!!  Stay tuned! 


  1. Did I read that correctly? Your husband goes to pick up patterns after work? WOw! You have it nice! I love Gertie's book too and the coat pattern she designed for Butterick is amazing. I am undecided on whether to join the sew-along though...

    1. Oh yeah I most definitely have it nice :P When I finally found a Colette Patterns book, it was near the end of the month (February) and money was really tight, but my sweetie actually told ME that I HAD to buy it. He told me it was a late Valentine's present :) The fact that in January we had some devastating news and I had some health issues, probably had something to do with it. Also, my birthday (that's in January) this year was the worst in history. I really am married to an awesome guy.

  2. Can you have too much animal print? Is that a thing? heehee

    1. Meh, I guess according to my husband and daughter there CAN be too much animal print :( We'll see what happens, though :P

  3. I don't think there's too much animal print. Maybe you should ditch your husband and daughter and hang out with me.

    1. Ok, I feel like I should say ^^^^^^ that guy is my husband and he's being a dork :P