Make a Vintage Inspired Dress with Gertie!

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Make a Vintage Inspired Dress with Gertie!

Begins: Wednesday 12 April 2017

Ends: Thursday 13 April 2017

Session: 2


Time: 10.00am-5.00pm

Level: Beginner Plus


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, sewing a perfectly neat all-in-one facing, and much more.

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 basic jewel neckline, as well as the V-neck option and an elegant narrow 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:

  • Lapped zippers

  • Various seam finishes

  • Trims

  • Edge-stitching

  • This class is suitable for a Beginner Plus level, students should already have some experience in making garments but Gertie will guide and tutor you through any new techniques involved in this beautifully fitted dress.

    All tools, materials and lunch is provided however you will be required to bring your own fabric 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 .

    24" (61 cm) zipper and thread to match
    1m fusible interfacing

    Fabric recommendations: Fabrics should be opaque with light to medium body, keep in mind that dresses will not be lined in this class so make sure it's something that feels good against the skin. Medium-weight Cotton, Cotton blends, Linen, Sateen, Poplin, Chambray, Rayon, Challis, Shirting.

    Booking a class at Ray Stitch entitles you to 10% off all fabrics in-store prior to the course.


    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.