Interview with Gretchen: Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing

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We love Gertie’s New Blog for Better Sewing. We’ve had so much fun over the past several years watching Gretchen build a thriving career with her passion for sewing, her fabulous, retro-style and her love of fashion history (and the recognition of its importance today). Gretchen’s latest big project is Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing: A Modern Guide to Couture-Style Sewing Using Basic Vintage Techniques! The book is an extension of her blog, full of information on couture techniques and patterns for 25 “wardrobe essentials and variations.” The book design and projects are all presented with Gretchen’s signature modern-vintage flair (and Gretchen even models all of the designs!). We asked Gretchen to tell us a little more about the book and about her other projects, including new patterns and classes, a coat sew-along and more.

Sew,Mama,Sew!: Congratulations on the book, Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing! We love it, and we’re so excited to have it in hand. It’s wonderful to be able to infuse some “Gertie style” into our sewing. All the projects are great and the layout of the book is really easy to use and navigate. It has a great vintage, yet modern look.

What do you love about the book?
Gretchen: Thank you for the lovely compliments! I especially love the design of the book. Sun Young Park’s illustrations are gorgeous, and feel completely fresh while hearkening back to vintage illustration styles. But my very favorite thing is that she incorporated my beloved cat Henry throughout the book. Sometimes he’s the star of an illustration, and sometimes he’s hiding a bit in the background.

SMS: You model all of the looks in the book which is something fun we haven’t seen before. Why did you choose to be in the photos (aside from the obvious benefit of every dress being the perfect fit for you!)?
Gretchen: My editor, the brilliant Melanie Falick, came up with that idea. The book was meant to be an extension of my blog, and bloggers almost always model their own creations! Also, I’ve written quite a bit on the subject of body image and acceptance and I felt doing the modeling myself would make a strong statement on that issue. (Also, I do have a killer wardrobe now!)

SMS: You have a new series of Creativebug workshops. We had fun watching the “trailer” on your site. Can you tell us about the workshops?
Gretchen: I have two workshops out with Creativebug now and I’m very happy with how they turned out; one is on drafting and sewing silk tap pants, and the other is about sewing a petersham ribbon waist facing for a skirt. I have two more coming soon– one is a blouse project and the other is a dress.

SMS: Is your Craftsy course still available?
Gretchen: Yes, my Bombshell Dress course with Craftsy will remain available.

SMS: Tell us about “Patterns by Gertie” with Butterick.
Gretchen: It’s a line of patterns based on my favorite vintage styles. My first two are out now– I was so excited to see them in my local fabric store! Butterick 5824 is a full skirted coat inspired by Dior’s New Look. And Butterick 5814 is a draped wiggle dress that’s very Mad Men.

SMS: You have a coat sew-along for one of the patterns on the blog this fall, right? Is it too late to join that?
Gretchen: Yes, I’ll be doing a coat sew-along starting in early October and now is the perfect time to join up. Just go to the Flickr page and join. We’re already 240 members strong!

SMS: We heard a rumor about you and Project Runway… Care to share anything about that?!
Gretchen: I’m afraid there’s nothing juicy to share! Every time auditions are announced, I think about applying and then I don’t. I think I’m way too sensitive for reality TV!


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130 Responses to Interview with Gretchen: Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing

  1. Lori Smith says:

    I am just starting my adventure in to couture sewing. I have been a quilter previously. I went to sewexpo in puyallup last March and saw Gertie there. It was awsome. I want to learn to sew clothes to help make me look fabulous 🙂

  2. Megan says:

    I have no experience with couture sewing. I am most interested in learning how they use hand sewing to make a luxurious garment.

  3. Mary says:

    Not experienced at all but would love to learn!!!

  4. Karin says:

    I sew a lot, but not couture. I would love to start sewing clothes for myself and I think this would be a great way to start.

  5. Laura B says:

    I am not experienced at couture sewing. I’ve only been using a sewing machine for about a year and a half. I really want to learn how to make great vintage style dresses that are cut to flatteringly fit me.

  6. Roni says:

    I started sewing about a year ago and it’s been fun. I am most definitely NOT experienced at couture style sewing but I would love to learn how to sew more fitted garments, including but not limited to zippers, bound buttonholes, etc… 🙂 Would be extremely happy to win this book as getting a copy of it where I live (Middle East, Israel) is extremely difficult and my parents aren’t keen on letting me buy things from the internet, which has been making it very difficult to access good sewing books. (Our local bookstores usually don’t hold anything sewing related, and if they do, it’s usually old copies of BurdaStyle in Russian. I enjoy the pictures, although I have yet to understand the text.)

    I just wanted to add that I’ve really been enjoying this blog and all the tutorials I have learned so much from.
    Thank you!


  7. Sara says:

    I definitely have not tackled couture sewing yet. I would love to create better-fitting garments.

  8. Sheri says:

    I have never done any couture sewing. My garment sewing is limited to pajama pants and a couple of loose jackets! I have signed up for Gretchen’s class on Craftsy and I am uber excited about it!
    Thanks for the chance at her book!!

  9. I am just learning! taking Gretchen’s class on Craftsy and feel my mind blown every step of the way. I’d LOVE to get her book! She’s changed the way I see sewing and my body! Its not my body’s fault that things dno’t fit, I just have to change the pattern!

  10. Marleigh says:

    I’m not even sure “unexperienced” covers it, but I’d love to change that. There’s no feeling so awesome as making your own clothes!

  11. Anna says:

    Hmm, I’m not sure what “couture style” is, but I think I want to do it. I used to love wearing my mother’s shirtwaists and coatdresses from the 1950s, and I love the rose-print dress pictured above. I want one, and I’ll make it if I can!

  12. Anabel says:

    I love to sew my own clothes, and I really love to teach others. Gertie’s website is a great source of information!; I’m so glad she wrote a book! Pleassssseee, I want it…

  13. Erika says:

    i don’t know much about couture sewing but I’ve seen her Crafsy class and I can only imagine it would be very cool. I would love to learn the tailoring and lining techniques to really make an item go from good to glam!

  14. Geri P says:

    Looks like what I need to step up my sewing skills

  15. Jolien says:

    So far I’ve only sewn accessories and baby things, but I’d really love to learn how to sew my own vintage inspired clothes. <3 Right now I buy dresses like that, but making it myself would really make me proud.

    Still a beginner, so lots left to learn!

    Thanks also for the giveaway and the link to the sew-along… Really debating if I'd join…

  16. Sherri S. says:

    Not at all, but these clothes look more than fab on Gretchen. I’ve got bad proportions, so patterns are always a pain for me. Love to win the book (even though I’m late to the party!). Thanks!

  17. Kim T. says:

    definitely not experienced. So, I am looking to learn all I can about all I can!
    Thank you!

  18. Sherryl says:

    There was a time when I made ALL of my own clothes, always with a pattern of course. And I don’t think I’d call them couture. What fun it was though. I stepped away from that for a long time and when I came back I found I had trouble getting a pattern fit me right. It seems my size has changed and the pattern sizes have changes as well. (sigh) I surely could use some help with fitting!

  19. rachel says:

    not experieneced (yet)love all aspects of sewing i have been teaching myself with a lot of help from some wonderful sources online love gertie and all her work .thanks for the chance to win a copy of her new book and gd luck everyone happy sewing 🙂

  20. Valerie says:

    I’ve been sewing many years but have yet to figure out how to modify a fitted pattern to make it fit me. Would love some help with that! thanks for the give-away.

  21. Jacquee says:

    I don’t have any experience, but I recently inherited a ton of vintage sewing materials and tools from my grandma. I think it would be amazing to use her things to create couture vintage clothing. Everything is so immediately available these days, I think she would appreciate the time I would spend on the details, making something to last, as she did!

  22. Sarah says:

    I have no experience with garment sewing, but I want to learn it all, mostly so I can create beautiful, custom clothes for myself.

  23. Sharon P says:

    I’ve always wanted to learn more about couture sewing so this book would be a great start…

  24. Soph says:

    I have no ‘couture’ experience. i have sewn for a very long time and love to do it. I am now in my 50’s and my body isn’t “pattern Perfect” (ok, it never was). I love classic style and want to learn to fit it to me.

  25. Lizzie says:

    I started sewing to increase the quality of my wardrobe, but I’m severely lacking the skill set to do so! Id love to learn any techniques I can!

  26. Cal says:

    Oh my! I just had my first experience attempting to incorporate some couture tecnhiques into a structured lined jacket, and while I enjoyed the experience and learning new skills I was disapointed with the final product, and thus, with myself. Maybe I need some more perseverance and I will find success! (or at least something wearable)

  27. nichole says:

    Am not experienced at all but have a huge collection of vintage patterns! Would love to learn more techniques. These looks and styles always looke so tailored and the fit is always amazing!!

  28. Seabreit says:

    So much to be learned when sewing clothing so it doesn’t look like a home ec project. The sewing blogs have become so inspiring, love Gertie’s and her personal style. Best of luck on your book.Would like to make the shirtdress!

  29. amy dame says:

    i’m totally not… i used to be much better at garment sewing, but now quilting has taken over my life, and i don’t have the patience. if it’s not a knit, i don’t usually bother!

  30. Jen C. says:

    I do not have experience with “couture-style sewing.” I would really love to learn about fitting.

  31. Barbara says:

    I’ve been sewing clothes & quilts for many years. I’ve made a few formal type of garments that people were surprised were handmade but I’m not sure that I would call them couture. I would love to learn how to fit clothing better.

  32. Michelle says:

    I am not experienced with couture sewing at all! My sewing started out as basic hemming, and has since progressed into making bags and purses. I would LOVE to make clothes but I feel so overwhelmed I don’t know where to start. I would love to get this book to help me out in my ventures 🙂

  33. Jane says:

    Not experience with couture sewing but I’d love to push my sewing to a new level … up my game!

  34. Molly Martin says:

    Oh, I need this! I have a Mad Men inspired party in a month and I need to make myself a dress.

  35. jen says:

    not experienced at all with personal sewing – but I really want to learn how to sew a blazer and make clothing fit me!

  36. Migdalia says:

    I love sewing for me, my daughters and my grandkids, the only thing that I would love to learn is how to make my own patterns!!!!Thanks for this opportunity!!!!

  37. Ligia says:

    I have no experience, but I would love to learn how to adapt patterns to my plus sized body. I love vintage inspired clothes!

  38. Aurélie says:

    I think the book will be packed with useful techniques. I started sewing and I think this would be such an amazing resource. Thanks for the give away!

  39. I am just starting to learn couture sewing and I am loving it. I just want to learn more about it, especially when it comes to adding embellishments or special techniques to make an outfit uniquely yours.

  40. EllenQ says:

    I love sewing my own clothes, but I’m inexperienced with couture. I would love to learn how to add the structure Gertie gets.

  41. I am not very experienced with couture sewing (though I have made a Vintage Vogue pattern or two), and I would love to learn from Gertie’s book! I have been a follower of her blog for quite some time and really admire her talent!

  42. Rebecca says:

    I’m not experienced with couture sewing, but I’d like to give it a try.

  43. Leena says:

    I am not a couture sewist but have made a few dresses.Would love to learn how to get the chic look and teh right fit. wish I win.


  44. Lee says:

    I would love to learn how to line a jacket. This book looks great!

  45. Chris says:

    I would like to learn about fitting a garment! thanks!

  46. Anna (sixtyfourcolorbox) says:

    I wish I could call myself a couture seamstress. It is a skill I am working on, but not one that I have mastered.

  47. Wendy says:

    I haven’t really done any “couture” sewing; I agree with many others commenters: I would like to be able consistently sew clothes that fit!

  48. Judi says:

    Hello! I have sewn since I was young, so I consider myself somewhat experienced. But not too much in couture and tailoring techniques. Having Gertie’s book would mean I would have a valuable teaching in my sewing library. thanks!

  49. Patricia Booher says:

    Although I used to sew for myself, I’ve spent the last 20 years quilting instead.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  50. Carmen says:

    I haven’t done any sewing for myself and certainly not “couture”. I really want to learn to make items that fit me properly

  51. Stacey says:

    If couture means “hand-sewing down a lining” then yes, I have! But in reality no, I go with what gets me good results the fastest. However, I plan on making some really nice stuff in the next year and I want to take my time and Do It Right. I’m hoping this book will help me get where I want to be.

  52. Jenny says:

    My grandmother taught me the basics, but I have so much left to learn. It looks like this book would be a fantastic jumping off spot!

  53. claire el says:

    I’m not that experienced of a sewist, especially not couture, but I would like to learn some awesome finishing techniques and how to make different kinds of pockets.

  54. Rita says:

    I tried to make one dress couture style but ran out of time. it’s still hanging in my closet half done. I will try again, when I have more time.

  55. Anomori says:

    I’d love to get a copy of this book! I’m a long-time reader of Gertie’s blog, which I found very interesting. I learned so much thanks to her! I love discovering more advanced techniques and have started to apply some couture-style techniques, in particular when making my wedding outfit. Thanks to her blog and some Craftsy courses. Thank you for the interview and giveaway.

  56. Marchelle says:

    I’m just a beginner! I’d love to learn more sophisticated fitting techniques!

  57. Janice Svercek says:

    I do have experience in couture sewing and have been tailoring suits, coats, jackets, dresses since I made my first entry into the Singer Sewing contest for teens back in 1965! I went on to receive a degree in Home Economics education. Thanks for the chance to win.

  58. Bethany says:

    I’m not experienced at couture style sewing — my experience is mostly in quick-and-tricky stuff for costuming. “If it looks good from 20feet it’s fine”… but I love the idea of spending the time and using proper techniques to produce a really quality piece.

  59. Chris says:

    I have read her blog for over a year and always learn something new and fun! I’m sure the book will be no different.

  60. Cinnamon says:

    I have no experience with couture style sewing but I wish I did. I’m so tired of things not fitting me after spending hours on it! I think Gertie’s book would be a very good step in learning how to fit properly.

  61. Corvus says:

    I don’t exactly call myself experienced, but I’m at the point in my garment-sewing life where I’m hungry to learn more advanced techniques. Fingers crossed and thank you for the chance!

  62. Cristel says:

    I have sewn a few skirts for myself and am eager to graduate to dresses and beyond. So many books are extremely technical and with little time to dive in, I have put it off. I do know, that if I do it, I want to do it right. I love Gertie’s blog and can’t wait to check out her book as I think it might give me the right jumpstart. It is on my Christmas list for sure!

  63. jessicac says:

    I am still a beginner, so couture sewing is out of my league.. but I can dream to learn right? I love the feminine details and fit!

  64. alexa says:

    I mostly sew clothes for my children, but I’m trying to do make things with me. I love gertie’s blog and have been dying for her book.

  65. Amy Thomas says:

    I’ve no experience in couture sewing yet but I have a desire to make clothes that look amazing and will last!

    Practice makes perfect 🙂

  66. nicole says:

    i am definitely not experienced in couture-style sewing! I want to learn everything! Thanks for the giveaway!

  67. Michelle G says:

    I have taken Gertie’s bombshell dress class on and Susan Khalje’s LBD class on Both classes were excellent! Some of the techniques are very time consuming, but the finished product is so worth it!

  68. Ann says:

    Gertie’s retro style is so inspiring. It also looks like real clothes instead of costumes.

  69. Diya says:

    I fell in love with the designs when I first saw the sneak peek of the book. How I wish I would win it and could make all the vintage styles from it..

  70. Sarah says:

    My desire is to be able to make something that will fit me nicely.

  71. craftytammie says:

    no experience at all. i’ve sewn rarely for myself, and then felt it’s too “homemade” looking to actually wear. i’d love to try again though!

  72. Ellen M. says:

    I’m not experienced but would love to be. I envy Gertie’s style and confidence! Thanks for the chance at this great book!

  73. Donna says:

    I have never done couture sewing…in fact I’m a little intimidated when it comes to making garments. I would really like to make some fabulous things to wear, though!

  74. Ashleigh says:

    I have never sewn couture before but would love to learn about the tips and tricks of the trade.

  75. Laura says:

    I’m not an experienced couture seamstress, so I’d just love to learn a little finesse

  76. Sarah McGrath says:

    I’m not experienced. But I would love to be! I would love to have a wardrobe of clothes that are classy and fit me perfectly. It’s impossible for me to find store-bought clothes with the correct fit!

  77. KT says:

    I am a beginner at sewing. I would really love to learn how to make garments that are unique and fit me well. I was drawn to this book right away and have dipped into Gretchen’s blog but so much of it seems a bit magical and advanced. I love the style and hope one day to learn how to put my own spin on it.

  78. Sarah says:

    I haven’t had much experience sewing my own clothes, but I’ve recently bought a new sewing machine for that exact purpose. I love the idea of having something that is uniquely mine and that fits me perfectly – that’s the point of couture sewing to me.

  79. Njeri says:

    I love Gertie blog. I have none of the couture techniques I am afraid, but It something I want to incorporate into my sewing.

  80. Galatina says:

    I’d love to be experienced in it, but I’m not. I try to have elements of “classic” in my dress, but would love to go more couture. Thanks for the opportunity.

  81. chibidani says:

    I don’t have any experience with this, or most other kinds of clothing sewing. I would love to have the skills to be able to make clothes I really love to wear, and that last.

  82. wendy says:

    I am not. But I want to be! I want to dress like this everyday.

  83. Tina L. says:

    I learned to sew a suit with a skirt and tailored jacket back in high school and have not done any thing like that since. I would love to be able to make well fitting classic clothes for me.

  84. Terry Kessinger says:

    I’ve never sewn my own, but love the style. I absolutely would try something out of this beautiful book, though.

  85. Peggy says:

    This book has been on my wish list since it came out! I have never done any vintage style sewing, but I would love to try either a 50’s type dress or an apron.

  86. andrea sato says:

    I am not experienced! But have just started a pattern making class, what a beast. I can’t wait to learn how to customize my imaginings into something I can wear with pride, despite my husband’s protests.

  87. Ginger says:

    Does collecting vintage patterns counts? If not, then I’ve never experienced conture sewing

  88. kathyh says:

    I love that is is well-made with seams designed with longevity.
    I would love to have more time to sew for myself but I am back to 50 hrs/wk at work so I will stick with my purse projects for now.

  89. Jill A says:

    I am not experienced at couture-style sewing, but I would love to learn so I can know how to tailor my own clothes!

  90. Erin says:

    I have not done any couture sewing because I find it intimidating, but I love the fit and retro style of this kind of design.

  91. Megan says:

    This looks like a fantastic book! I enjoy sewing clothes for my daughter and would like to get better at sewing clothes for myself. i think the key really is in finishing and good construction technique along with creating your perfect fit!

  92. Ella says:

    I’m not a couture style sewing, but I have a great appreciation for the glorious details and polished finish of it.

  93. Laura Mae says:

    I adore couture sewing techniques and try to use them whenever possible – I am truly addicted to bound buttonholes and cannot remember the last time I used the machine to make one! All those special little details really make a finished garment so much better than anything store bought (and isn’t that why we all love to make out own clothes!?).

  94. Melanie says:

    I am not at all experienced with couture sewing….I love to sew but have stuck to easier patterns and a lot of refashioning over that past few years. I’d love to learn some more advanced techniques and be inspired by this book which I’ve been drooling over in the book catalogues for a while now!

  95. Jane S. says:

    I have no experience at couture-style sewing, none at all! I can use patterns to make basic to intermediate difficulty garments, but I’d love to learn how to make clothing that looked smart and chic, and that fit like a dream. Thanks for the chance to win the book. 🙂

  96. lynaeve says:

    I’m not experienced but I would love to learn. thanks for the chance!

  97. maria jose says:

    I’d like to lear to sew jackets

  98. Beth says:

    I love couture sewing because I have a body that doesn’t often fit the assembly line clothing. I like being able to put the bust of my shirt in the same spot as my actual bust, to lengthen sleeves and waist, etc. This book looks so great. I’ll definitely put it on my christmas list!

  99. Ramona says:

    I am not experienced at “couture style sewing but would love to learn how to make clothes that fit better especially for myself.
    This book looks wonderful and it is going on my Christmas list.

  100. Wendy says:

    I’ve been sewing most of my life but don’t consider myself experienced at couture-style sewing — would love to learn how sew more fitted styles.

  101. DianeY says:

    I’ve followed Gertie’s blog for a long time & while I am not a couture sewist, I’ve picked up lots of tips!

  102. Faye Nettles says:

    I have sewn a lot over the years. I would love to learn to make a open back halter top that ties between the breasts. I haven’t seen a pattern like that in many years. Would also love to learn to make bound button holes.

  103. Camille Monahan says:

    I’m not experienced with couture-style sewing and I’m not entirely sure I know what that means. I did take a Craftsy class to sew a retro style shirt and was hooked on more advanced sewing techniques. Looking forward to taking the Bombshell Dress course! The book would be sooo awesome too!

  104. Carol Frey says:

    Am not experienced, but am looking for the right introductory book. I’ve been eagerly anticipating this one for a while!

  105. Melanie C says:

    Love the dresses shown!

  106. jackie says:

    I’ve not done “Couture-style Sewing. But my daughter has a vintage clothing shop on-line, We had fun “fixing up” some amazing clothing! She wears a lot of 50-60’s clothing, We’d love to make some!!!!!

  107. Eva says:

    I’m still learning to sew, but I love couture-sewing, I love the attention to detail it represents.

  108. Laurie says:

    I’m not experienced with couture style sewing, but I’d love to learn how to make garments that fit and flatter me!

  109. Joy says:

    I am completely inexperienced in couture style sewing but would love to learn! I have a curvaceous 16 year old daughter who is difficult to fit. The dresses shown above look perfect for her figure. I’d love to sew something beautiful, flattering and well-fitting for her!

  110. Diana says:

    She has awesome style!

  111. Jen V says:

    I am not experienced with it at all. Being a self-taught sewist, I know there must be a zillion tricks up Gretchen’s sleeves (and probably a few more in her hems, collars and bodices). I would love to delve into a project with her book by my side. The Butterick wiggle dress looks amazing!

  112. Toni says:

    I’m not experienced with couture-style sewing, but I’d love to be able to make the dresses…so awesome!

  113. Debbie Kendall says:

    I have recently started using more couture techniques and really,like the finished look and the way garments sit well on the body when sewn like that. I havent yet delved into vintage couture but would love to bring that element into my work. I love to learn.

  114. Marie says:

    I am just learning to sew my own clothes, and I would really love to learn how make more polished pieces. I love Gertie’s style and website; I’m so glad she wrote a book!

  115. NessS says:

    I’d love to learn how to ‘build’ my own clothes – I’m fascinated by the techniques used in couture sewing to structure and shape garments. I’d love to be able to sew my own.

  116. Tina says:

    Totally not experienced with couture sewing. Just trying to get up to speed on garments and learning how to adjust patterns to fit me and make me look good.

    Would love to have a copy of this book.<3

  117. Ivy says:

    How exciting!! I’m not experienced with couture but I would love to learn! I want to completely fill my closets with vintage inspired dresses.. droool.

    What a gorgeous book!

  118. Julie Phillips says:

    I have been stalking this book on Amazon! I know nothing about couture style sewing. I want to learn everything! I purchased the Bombshell dress course but haven’t had much time to learn yet.

  119. natali says:

    Gertie is awesome! Being a sewing newbie I am still learning the basics. I however would love to learn how to make a swing dress! I already have her craftsy class lined up, the moment my sewing skills are up to par I’ll dive in! The book would be a nice extra!

  120. Joanie Hoffman says:

    I made a dress using a Vogue pattern in college years ago, does that count? 🙂
    Thank you for this giveaway! I would love, love, love to win this book.

  121. Stacy says:

    I’m not experienced at Couture style sewing, but definitely appreciate it! I’d like to learn some more advanced techniques that make the garment look professional.

  122. What a great Interview. I’ve followed Gertie’s blog since discovering it in 2011. My sewing skills were pretty basic and I’ve learnt a lot in the last year, becoming intrigued by couture style sewing. I’m in no way experienced and love to make up the odd item really quickly, but I also love “slow style” and making things to last, so I’m desperate to learn more couture techniques to help me do that.

  123. JLVerde says:

    I know zippo! So I’d like to learn any and everything I could.

  124. Taysha Riggs says:

    I so not experienced but I would love to learn how to make my pieces one of a kind

  125. maggie says:

    I’m not experienced in couture style sewing, but I would love to learn pad-stitching and other techniques for making a nice jacket.

  126. ste says:

    I have absolutely no experience with couture. Would love to learn to make outfits for myself that fit well.

  127. Carole says:

    I’m not experienced and i’d love how to line things properly and do nice buttonholes and fancy pockets.

  128. Megan says:

    I’m really new to sewing and just starting to learn. I just finished my first lapped zipper and it was a challenge. Congrats to Gertie and thanks for the giveaway!

  129. Serena says:

    I do not have experience with couture sewing. The biggest thing I’d like to learn is fitting. It would reallllly help.

  130. Carmen says:

    Not experienced at all — I’m always using elastics and making looser-fit clothes, haha! I’d love to learn how to find the right balance between using modern fabric designs and fibres and making “couture” clothing:)

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