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Tuesdays with Gertie

This year I’m sewing along with Gertie from Gertie’s New Blog for Better Sewing.  A bunch of other talented seamsters and I have joined up through the Craftsy online community to make perfectly fitted bombshell dresses.  Here’s a reflection on my efforts to sew well.

My first, and only, post about the Sew Retro:  Perfect Fit Bombshell Dress Craftsy class was July 18, 2011.  Though I watched all of the class videos and have used many of the techniques while constructing subsequent garments, I never made any progress on the actual dress.

Six months later.

In an effort to finish up the class, I’m going to aim to do a lesson a week, posting my progress in a Tuesdays with Gertie series.  There are fifteen lessons in total, so I should be able to have my dress before the end of the SWAP and before wedding season starts up.

Lesson one:  get your supplies.  I actually picked up my supplies months ago when I thought I was going to finish this class in the summer.

That was easy.

9 thoughts on “Tuesdays with Gertie

    1. Hi Kristin. Yes, that’s my lining fabric. It’s got dragons and knights reading books, picking apples, and hanging out by castles. It’s too cute.

  1. Oh, gosh, I haven’t even picked up any supplies yet! I really want to make this dress– just need to steel my nerves and make the time! Yikes! Looking forward to seeing yours come together!

    1. Baby steps, right? I hope it won’t seem like a big deal if I take it one step at a time! We’ll see if I can keep it up week after week though!

  2. Haven’t even watched a single video yet! I know what fabric I’m going to use, but have been so busy trying to sew more practical things. Of course, this will kick me in the ass the minute I have some fancy something to go to. Because I always have fancy somethings to go to.

    1. You should definitely watch the videos, even if you don’t have time to sew for a while. Gretchen walks through many interesting techniques and gives many pointers about sewing in general. Plus, each video is roughly only 15 minutes long, so it’s easy to squeeze one in to a day, let alone a week.

    1. Thanks! I did enjoy all of the videos, and I think I’m going to equally enjoy making up this pattern. Even if I don’t often wear this type of dress. Her next class looks to be a jacket class – with bound button holes and pad stitching and more. I can always use an extra lesson on techniques like that. Knowing a new class was coming up is actually what spurred me on to finish the Bombshell dress. I won’t be able to justify taking the next class if I haven’t finished the first!

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