Gertie vintage

It’s always exciting when a sewing inspiration visits Australia and recently Gretchen Hirsch (Gertie) did just that. She’s so inspiring and keeps putting out her feminine fabrics and patterns to bring these lovely into our everyday lives.

On Friday night after Gertie’s whirlwind tour to Brisbane and Melbourne, we were lucky to have Gertie speak at a function hosted by Laura at Bobbin and Ink.

So the Gertie fabrics that were simmering in my stash for quickly found their way to the top of my sewing queue.

Last year I used the white cherry print fabric to test this vintage style blouse using Simplicity 1460. I wear this to the office a lot.
Well I had two colourways of Gertie’s cherry prints and I wanted to make Butterick 6380 for her visit.
The Instagram vote determined using white cherry version for this dress. I did a bit of research online and decided to test this dress pattern as a peplum blouse.
It’s actually kinda cute as a blouse style.

I still fully lined this version and enjoyed trialling the construction too.
The online feedback showed Butterick adds quite a bit of ease in this pattern as is their practice so I took out at least 5cm from the front and back bodice pieces before cutting out this test version.
I also used pleats where gathers were placed in this pattern.
As you can see, the neckline is higher than the pattern so I can comfortably wear this to work.
My other challenge was ensuring I had enough bra strap coverage and made sure these tabs worked perfectly.
The final bodice still looks feminine.
I kept the original skirt style. So this dress was finished in plenty of time for Gertie’s visit.
I still had time up my sleeve and decided to use the turquoise cherry print for a basic dress with an interesting neckline feature.
I really love the back cape idea.
On Pinterest I found this technical drawing so I used this as my guide.
Above is my very crude pattern for a short back capelet.
I’m sure this capelet is like a 1940’s nurse uniform.

 Below is a close up of the capelet.

From the front it’s still feminine.

Later on Friday night I met up with some friends and I got a better picture of my dress. By this time of the night I finally had a bite to eat so the stressors of the weak were starting to dissipate.

This dress uses my block pattern. I know they fit and I was cutting too fine to test a new commercial pattern in time to meet Gertie.

I was hoping to duck into Spotlight during the week as well as be a Bobbin and Ink’s night with Gertie but I could spare the time.

Thanks Gertie for your awesome compliment. I hope you had a great time in Australia!

Vintage 1950s blouse

I chose Simplicity 1460 in December before the Vintage Pattern pledge began this year and it’s now one of my vintage pattern pledge projects.

From the measurements I chose size 14. That’s my current waist size and the review I read mentioned the waist measurement as an issue to keep in mind. 

This blue retro print version was the idea I felt worked best for this style. I love it.

The rest of this pattern has the ease I need to drive a car, reach for things on a shelf while not unintentionally flashing my tummy. 

I chose view A top and view C’s shorter peplum. The longer peplum might not suit my height so I’ll keep that in mind next time I use this pattern. For now, I’ve stuck with the shorter peplum.


Susan of measure twice cut once, gifted me this Gertie fabric and a perfect great test fabric.
The metal buttons are ‘vintage-like’ from my notions stash.


On the paper pattern I did a forward shoulder adjustment from the shoulder notch to the sleeve. Would you believe the bust points were accurate for me?

Here’s the final front bodice pattern with adjustments

Once I half sewed up the blouse, the waist wasn’t sitting at my waist. I took off 1.5cm off the blouse length and finished this test blouse.

Now that I’ve worn this blouse to work, I’ll lower the neckline by 1.5cm because the collar juts against my chin.

Paper pattern adjustments

I took out 2.5cm out of the centre front seam just under the bust so it doesn’t billow out as much. I do still need the room to move etc just not as much.

There’s a drag line from the shoulder point to my waist but if I pinch this ‘excess fabric’ out, I won’t be able to lift my arms. 

Here’s the test blouse

About this fabric
I love the cherry print.
The red in the cherries is awesome and there’s plenty of green in it too against a white base fabric.
This fabric is easy to cut, feels crepe-like and sews nicely.
In our ‘Game of Thrones’ Summer this fabric isn’t very comfortable to wear so this 1950s blouse style is the perfect choice as it sits on your waist and is a soft style.

A great blouse that sews up quickly.