#51 Gretchen Hirsh, Gertie Sews

Gretchen Hirsch on the CRAFT*ish Podcast with Vickie Howell

Gretchen Hirsch, Gertie Sews

This week on the show is vintage dress pattern and fabric designer and author of several books including Gertie Sews Jiffy Dresses: A Modern Guide to Stitch and Wear Vintage Patterns You Can Make in a Day.

Host Vickie Howell has followed Gretchen since she first started her original Gertie’s Blog for Better sewing, but have since become an even larger fan since delving into making one of her vintage party dresses for herself. During their conversation, they talked about the evolution of her personal style and how that affected the look of her brand, how important historical accuracy is to her when designing vintage-style pieces, and how she continues to build her business. Enjoy!

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Show Notes


A passionate home seamstress, a sought-after sewing teacher, and the creator of one of the web’s most popular sewing blogs: Gertie’s New Blog for Better Sewing. The blog began as a way for readers to follow Hirsch’s progress as she stitched all 14 fashions from the iconic 1950s sewing book Vogue’s New Book for Better Sewing (a Julie & Julia–esque experiment for the modern sewist). It quickly became a place for Hirsch to share tutorials and lively posts about sewing as it relates to fashion history, pop culture, body image, and gender. Gretchen teaches sewing in New York City and around the country, is the creator of a new line of sewing patterns from Butterick, and the author of Gertie’s New Book For Better Sewing, Gertie’s Ultimate Dress Book, and Gertie Sews Jiffy Dresses.

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Produced by: Vickie Howell

Edited & Mixed by: Dave Campbell

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