25 projects to make a more than complete casual wardrobe for anyone looking for a modern look with a vintage impression.
Gertie Sews Vintage Casual is Gretchen Hirsch's follow-up to Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing. In the first book, Hirsch focused on dresses, skirts and evening wear. But the mid-20th century was also an amazing time for sportswear - think wide legged trousers, playful beach rompers, '50s style shorts, casual dresses, fitted capri pants and casual jackets and coats. Gertie Sews Vintage Casual is organised like her first book into two major sections - Techniques and Projects. In the first part, Hirsch focuses on techniques that are specific to sportswear, such as buttonholes, collars, interfacings, pockets for shirts, special considerations when working with knit fabrics and the intricacies of pant-making. The projects are in Part II are designed to work as a complete casual wardrobe.
Gretchen Hirsch is the author of "Talking Your Way to the Top: Business English that Works," as well as several other books, and she has published extensively in "Womans Day, Redbook, Health Trends, The Osteopathic Pulse, The Professional Communicator," and "Gifted Child Today," She is a founding member of her own communications consulting business with clients ranging from corporations, educational institutions, and financial services to a variety of nonprofits.
"Not just a guide to sewing clothes such as cigarette pants, flared skirts, wrap dresses, pinup sweaters, and shift dresses, Hirsch's volume explores the fashion landscape of the period as well as the particular challenges of sewing vintage. The book comes with basic patterns and instructions for multiple variations."--Library Journal "Complete with fun illustrations, great photography, and step-by-step directions, the author eases readers in with an illustrated fashion history primer and devotes five chapters to telling us everything we need to know to rock our attempt to sew a vintage wardrobe. With thick paper patterns included in a bulging pack inside the back of cover, this book delivers a massive amount of value well worth the cover price."--Grand Rapids Press
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