Gertie Sews Vintage Casual
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224 pages



150 colour photographs and 250 colour and black-and-white illustrations

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Gertie Sews Vintage Casual

A Modern Guide to Sportswear Styles of the 1940s and 1950s

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 eveningwear. 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 in the Part II are designed to work as a complete casual wardrobe.

About the Author(s)
Gretchen Hirsch

Gretchen "Gertie" Hirsch is the author of Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing (STC Craft, Autumn 2012), a passionate seamstress, a sought-after teacher and the creator of one of the web's most popular sewing blogs: Gertie's New Blog for Better Sewing. She has her own pattern line with Butterick and teaches fashion design and sewing around America. Her work has been featured in the magazines Sew Stylish, Vogue Patterns, Threads and Stitch and on

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