2013 Sewing Plan: The “Fitted By Gertie” Dress

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2013 Sewing Plan: Project 7
Black gaberdine $7, lining $4 both from Fashion Fabrics Club
Pattern: Sultry Sheath from Gertie’s Book for Better Sewing
Year: 2012
Notions: Zip $.50
Time to complete: 8 hours of class, plus 5 hours to finish
First worn: To a work event last week.
Wear again? Oh yeah!
Total price: ~$11.50

Oops, it’s been a while. I began this dress almost a month ago and only finished last week. I’ve been doing some house sewing and Halloween sewing. Also, I got new glasses.

Anyway, in the essence of Selfish Sewing Week, or National Sewing Month I decided to take my first sewing class! The American Sewing Expo offers tons of classes and I decided to take Gertie’s class on retro dress making.
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There was a lot of focus on getting the right fit, which was awesome because I’m such a noob at fitting (and sewing. I was the noobiest there by far, but everyone said they liked my dress a lot.) I didn’t have any major fitting issues, but it was great to see what other people had to do.
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We also looked at construction methods like installing boning, gussets and horsehair braid.

And then Gertie tied my bow-tie blouse for me!
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Anyway, back to the dress I made. I had to widen the arm scythe, sculpt the front bodice darts, take in the side seams of the skirt, and pinch out a tiny bit in the back by my shoulder blades.
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I do have the hook and eye in at the top of the zipper but I didn’t latch it for the pictures. It was too cold outside!


About EBS

Museum curator, nerd, chronic watcher of TV show marathons, married to a soccer hooligan, vegetarian, obsessive sewer.
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3 Responses to 2013 Sewing Plan: The “Fitted By Gertie” Dress

  1. Joanne says:

    Looks great! If you were the noobiest noob, who else was in the class?!? Nancy Zieman? Kenneth King?

    • Sully Liz says:

      Lol basically! There were several women there with 40+ years of experience. Even the people closer to my age were over 15 years. But I did feel I could hold my own (at only 2 1/2 years experience) because basically all I do is garment sewing and lots of it.

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