Gertie’s Ultimate Dress Book (and fabric!) giveaway

Gertie has a new book! It’s called Gertie’s Ultimate Dress Bookand it’s pretty wow.

cover of Gertie's Ultimate Dress Book

I really liked that this book is self-contained: I think you could basically hand this book to someone who knows little or nothing about sewing and they should be to get through it fairly well. And it has good instructions for my most-used alteration (expanding the waist, sigh)!

The dresses are really, really, really cute—mostly in that new-retro style that Gertie rocks so well. If you have ever watched a dumb 1950s movie allllll the way through just to see the clothes, this is a book for you. The dresses lean a bit towards the “party dress!” vibe, but there are definitely ways to tone them down a bit for work or just a random Saturday.

My favorite dress is probably the “Plaid Secretary”:

plaid secretary dress

Gertie gives tons of instruction on how to prepare, cut, and match plaids, so if you’ve never sewn with plaid before, this would be a good way to start!

Here’s another view of that collar:

And thanks to Gertie’s publisher, I have a copy (and some fabric from Gertie’s line for JoAnn’s!) to give away!

If you don’t win the Gertie fabric, FabricMart has some very Gertiesque fabrics right now that would be perfect for some of the dresses in this book … check out this pin-up-girl print, this flamingo print, and these pique lighthouses!

I was trying to think of some heroic task you’d have to do to qualify to win but even trying to think of a task made me tired, so just … leave a comment? (Make sure your comment profile has a linked email address so I can contact you if you are the lucky winner!)

I’ve turned off comments because we have a lucky winner! Thanks for entering, Yael, I’ll be sending you an email about how to get your winnings!

(If you’re looking for a review of Gertie Sews Vintage Casual, you can find it here.)

Gertie’s book is on a blog tour—you can find the other stops here:

March 8 Brewer Sewing
March 9
March 14 By Gum By Golly
March 18 Lish Dorset


83 thoughts on “Gertie’s Ultimate Dress Book (and fabric!) giveaway

  1. Oh, I love Gertie! I have several of her Butterick patterns but haven’t invested in any of her books yet. She’s definitely one of my fashion heroes.


  2. I would love to get my hands on this so I can be inspired to finally create something for myself rather than my daughter!


  3. Love the look of this book. Love Gertie’s style and her fabric range is lovely x
    Iain.ross30 at gmail dot com


  4. This book looks adorable! And coincidentally I ordered the flamingo fabric and the pin-up fabric just the other day.


  5. Thanks for writing all of these wonderful posts! I have been going through the archived posts and really enjoying them ;-)) Boy O Boy would I Love to win this book, it is right up my alley!


  6. I’m so excited to see all the reviews of the Ultimate Dress Book. Gertie has really outdone herself again!


  7. I would love to win this! I’ve looked at and loved her fabric, but I’m too indecisive to actually buy anything. This would give me the push I need to actually use my new machine!


  8. I am very much in the beginning stages of sewing, totally love the retro-50s thing (I’m a HUGE fan of Tatyana Boutique ready-to-wear) and am nowhere near most ready-to-wear shapes & sizes. I can use all the help I can get with making and altering my own!


  9. I would really like to up my dressmaking skills and make some cute dresses. Thank you for your review, I would love to get my hands on a copy and get making.


  10. Sounds great!! I always get as far as cutting out a pattern before realizing I made a fatal error.


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