Make a Strapless Dress with Gertie!

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Make a Strapless Dress with Gertie!

Begins: Saturday 08 April 2017

Ends: Sunday 09 April 2017

Session: 2


Time: 10.00am-5.00pm

Level: Intermediate

Maximum Class Size: 6

Join Gretchen "Gertie" Hirsch to make the perfect Vintage-Inspired Dress! Using the basic bodice from Gertie's Ultimate Dress Book, students will learn invaluable skills on fitting, the best techniques for sewing and pressing darts, inserting boning & waist stay, and lining a bodice.

Boning is a necessity in strapless dresses, it’s there to support the bodice vertically from the waist to give a flattering silhouette. In this class you will learn how to create a dress with structure and support.

You will also be given a copy of Gertie's fantastic new book which is included in the price of the class! Gretchen will demonstrate the sweetheart neckline, as well as straight across option and halterneck or off-shoulder alternative. Then choose from one of three skirts (A-Line, Three-Quarter, or Pencil) to make the dress your own.

Other topics covered in class will be:

  • Boning & Structure

  • Lapped zippers

  • Various seam finishes

  • Trims

  • Edge-stitching

  • Level: This class is suitable for intermediate level, students should already have more experience in making garments than for the ‘Vintage Dress Class’ but Gertie will guide and tutor you through any new techniques involved in this beautifully fitted dress.

    All tools, materials and lunch is provided and a celebratory glass of bubbly will be poured at the end!

    You will be required to bring your own outer fabric and lining to class.

    Fabric Requirements:

    Pencil Skirt: 3m for all sizes

    A-line Skirt: 4m for all sizes

    3/4 Circle Skirt: 5m for all sizes

    All: 1.5m lining fabric 24" (61 cm) zipper and thread to match 1m fusible interfacing

    Fabric recommendations: Fabrics should be opaque with medium to heavy body. Medium-weight Cotton, Damask, Velvet, Jacquards, Cotton or Wool blends, Linen, Sateen, Twill...

    Booking a class at Ray Stitch entitles you to 10% off all fabrics in-store prior to the course where our team of friendly staff can help you choose something perfect.


    Gretchen “Gertie” Hirsch is 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 bookVogue’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 is now the author of four sewing books, including Gertie's Ultimate Dress Book and Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing. Gretchen is the designer of Patterns by Gertie, a line of retro sewing patterns with Butterick, as well as the Gertie fabric line, sold at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. She lives in Beacon, New York with her two favorite creatures, Henry and Hattie.