Gretchen Hirsch began her blog, Gertie’s New Blog For Better Sewing, began when she tried to follow the 1950’s book, Vogue’s New Book for Better Sewing. As well as sewing and fashion, she has written about gender and body image. Her popularity grew and she ended up publishing several books herself. Gertie’s New Book For Better Sewing, there are 14 projects inspired by the original Vogue book with patterns including. They are all pretty vintage in style, but modeled by Gertie with her fuller figure and tattoos there’s definitely a modern touch.
I was given this book as a gift which was sweet. But it didn’t take long for me to realise that none of the outfits suited my body type, style, or lifestyle. And, while full patterns are included you have to trace them first before cutting out as they all overlap. When I got this book I hadn’t used patterns in a book before, and just used single patterns that you can just cut straight out. I understand why books do this, it saves a lot of paper and expense but it’s a real pain to use. I attempted to make a skirt a while back but it ended rather disastrously and looked atrocious. Although I really appreciate Gertie’s work this was not the book for me!