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Book Giveaway: “Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing”

Mar 20, 2013
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Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing by Gretchen Hirsch.

From the creator of one of the web’s most popular sewing blogs, Gretchen Hirsch, comes Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing (STC Craft | A Melanie Falick Book 2012). Starting from her blog, Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing is an extension of more techniques and styles.

We’re giving a way a copy in honor of Gretchen’s interview in the upcoming Fall 2013 SewStylish issue (on newsstands in early August). 

This book includes the steps to sewing retro fashions, prepping tools, machines, and fabric, essential techniques, stabilizing and tailoring, patternmaking, and fitting.

The looks featured in this book are inspired by vintage fashion and Gertie’s spirited, modern style. Also included is a pattern collection of 25 wardrobe essentials, lessons on couture techniques, and pattern customization.

Do you follow Gertie’s New Blog for Better Sewing? Would you like to learn more about her techniques?

Write a comment on this post and you could be chosen to win this giveaway! The deadline for comments is 11 p.m. EST, Sunday, March 24, 2013. The winner will be chosen Monday, March 25, 2013. The winner will receive an announcement via email.

Good luck!

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  1. Sew Magic April 11th

    I'd love to have her book!

  2. user-2447672 April 8th

    I would love this book!

  3. Cookie104115 March 27th

    I am a vintage woman returning to sewing now that I am retired. It's so lovely to see younger women who appreciate the wonderful stitching and shaping techniques of the 40's,50's and 60's. And the silliness of the 70's. I remember playing dress up in my mother' party dresses from the 40's as a child. And now the dresses of my youth are vintage. How fast the time goes.

  4. User avater LuvThreadsMagazine March 26th


  5. User avater Devery March 25th

    Gertie's blog rocks!! And I bet that her new book is just as awesome!! Maybe the retro-sewing gods will smile on me, and I will win my very own copy of this new, retro classic! I hope so!!!!! Please, pick me!!!!!!

  6. User avater smcfarland March 25th

    And the winner is .... BEV59! Congratulations, and thank you to everyone who entered. I just wanted to add that we have a special interview with Gertie in our Fall 2013 SewStylish, available in early August!

  7. cecine March 25th

    This book will help me how to make a pattern and which fabric should I choose for my project. Thanks

  8. User avater MissAlfie March 24th

    Sure would love to have this book..

  9. StitchingSiren March 24th

    She makes some great vintage patterns, so the tips in this book would be helpful.

  10. User avater Laffinwich March 24th

    Love to have the book! It would be great to go along with her new patterns!

  11. user-1120336 March 24th

    I'd love to have this one, she's so talented!

  12. BetinaCecilia March 24th

    This book would be a great wedding present for my girlfriend (of course I would get to borrow it whenever I wanted)! ;)

  13. User avater Allykat March 23rd

    I would cherish the book! Great blog Gertie!

  14. wolfkit March 23rd

    I can't get enough of vintage fashion/style.

  15. user-2439955 March 23rd

    I love Gertie and her passion for sewing retro designs. I follow her sewing adventures and hope someday I can sew half as well as she does!

  16. User avater Karen61 March 23rd

    Gertie's blog is fantastic. Her writing style is second to none, and her hints and tips and projects are inspirational. It has been wonderful watching her go from strength to strength : )

  17. sewgramms March 23rd

    Since I'm pretty vintage myself, I'd love to have a book about the patterns.

  18. shanninen March 23rd

    I need to find Girtie's blog and get back into sewing in a big way. I will not be working this summer and that is my goal!

  19. User avater sapientsaphead March 23rd

    Sounds like this book would be a fabulous resource!

  20. User avater BernadetteFox March 23rd

    My sister is a huge fan of Gertie's sewing blog. I'd love to win her this book - of course the first thing she sews from the book will have to be for me! Right, sis? :) lol.

  21. User avater learn2sew March 23rd

    My daughter and I loves her blog.

  22. User avater dianajanssen March 23rd

    Yes, I follow Gertie's blog and even try some of her techniques on occasion. Would love her book but haven't put enough aside to purchase it yet.

  23. User avater user-1139316 March 22nd

    I'm always looking for ways to improve my sewing skills!

  24. MsHem March 22nd

    it's always fun to "tune up"your sewing skills. this would be great for my class room.

  25. User avater artandneedlework March 22nd

    I've been following Gertie for a few years now and have been amazed how far she has come. I would absolutely love to own her book! Thanks for hosting.

  26. User avater bobbinsandbustles March 22nd

    I'm definitely looking forward to the sections on couture techniques and pattern customization!

  27. User avater Kukana March 22nd

    You can never have too many books for reference. I love using vintage ideas and making them modern.

  28. Tempest1961 March 22nd

    I've been following Gertie for the past year. I even enrolled in one of her classes on To get one of her books would be a godsend.

  29. Dolly53 March 22nd

    Vintage style is so popular but too really learn the proper technique you need to know a seamstress from that era or read Gertie's new book. I opt for the book - love sewing books. :)

  30. lsmcd March 22nd

    I'm always interested in reading about new sewing ideas.

  31. repool March 22nd

    I would love to create my own clothes. She looks cool.

  32. snowm March 22nd

    I'm always looking for better ways to sew stuff. Thanks for the chance to win!

  33. pt6256 March 22nd

    I'd love to add Gertie's book to my sewing library!

  34. User avater Misty_Rae March 22nd

    I'm always looking for ways to add some polish to my sewn garments. I'd love to see what tips and patterns this book has to help me grow as a sewist.

  35. User avater Susan545 March 22nd

    I love Gertie and her great designs!

  36. Carly_Sue March 22nd

    Gertie's book sounds so intriguing. I would just love to win it. I have always been a "vintage' sort of person. I will check out her new blog for sewing.

  37. User avater auschick March 22nd

    I'm always looking for ways to improve my sewing skills!

  38. jen0farc March 22nd

    Gertie was my first sewing teacher! Would love to add this to my library

  39. User avater JmTokunaga March 22nd

    Yes, please! I haven't had a chance to pick up Gertie's book yet. I want to read her information on tailoring. Thanks for the opportunity!

  40. User avater katiebodle March 22nd

    It would be a great help to any of us who might win the book Always looking for new ideas.

  41. User avater EdelweissPatterns March 22nd

    Looks amazing! I'm so glad she is encouraging seamstresses to use the best techniques possible.

  42. ambrerose March 22nd

    I could always use more tips on how to be a better at sewing and anything to do with sewing. This is a great giveaway.

  43. User avater nicolars March 22nd

    I am such a fan of Gertie's blog, and this book is something I've been wanting to buy for the longest time. To win this book would make me very happy.

  44. jjelsewear215 March 22nd

    Keeping my fingers crossed!!! Pick me!

  45. user-1068810 March 22nd

    I'm just learning to sew, I have always liked vintage clothing.
    This book sounds like just what I need to get me started.
    Nancy B

  46. Mar Hein March 22nd

    this book would be very helpful because i am sewing my dress for our son's wedding. as the "Mother of the Groom/MOG", it needs to be a very good! :))

  47. User avater SansSouci572 March 22nd

    I just purchased a couple of her patterns. I would like to get the book too!

  48. User avater jasst282 March 22nd

    I've been thinking about picking up this book. I like all of the garments I've seen made from the patterns!

  49. User avater bluestar March 22nd

    I love Gertie's blog! I would love to win this book and try out some of the patterns and the great techniques.

  50. User avater debit March 22nd

    more, and more information on sewing is a great thing. I want to spark my skills. This book looks very intriguing .

  51. User avater jolietti March 22nd

    This book has been on my wishlist for awhile!

  52. AndiBrown March 21st

    I am new to sewing, teaching myself, and over 40. If I am ever going to make all of my own clothes, I will need lots of help from people like Gertie! This book sounds like a good place to start!

  53. User avater nawan March 21st

    Seems great! Did not know her before, love to learn about new persons, books and styling!

  54. bev59 March 21st

    If I am lucky enough to win this book,I will know all Gertie's sewing secrets,yippiiiii

  55. User avater JennGM March 21st

    I'd love to win this book. I love the retro look!

  56. User avater Moore_Sew March 21st

    I try to learn something new every day and I think I'd learn a lot from this book. :)

  57. User avater Kylli March 21st

    This book has been in my wishlist for a long time. Hoped to have it for my birthday and giveaway end just right on time ;-)

  58. RondaBowen March 21st

    I would love to have this book! I've been following her awesome blog for a while (and I could use some inspiration to sew a sweet wardrobe!)

  59. user-376130 March 20th

    I need this book! I am getting into the make your own clothes for a year and I need all the help I can get ;(

  60. User avater cosmicday March 20th

    This book would be a great addition to anyone's sewing library - hope it is mine! :-)

  61. User avater WildSewing March 20th

    I would love to win this book to add to my small but hopefully growing library. I am now going to be able finally start using some of my fabric stash and this book sounds like it would be just what I need to help make that happen.

  62. User avater beadrbop March 20th

    Always love a great sewing book. This one looks like it will really help me in my sewing journey! Good luck to all!

  63. User avater terrykes March 20th

    I would love to win this book! I got a dress form for Christmas, but I haven't used it yet. I'm want to sew myself a dress so badly, but haven't been able to get over that ugly fear yet. I know so many of the questions I have are in her book, SO my fingers are crossed! Thanks for the giveaway!!

  64. user-2119411 March 20th

    I found Gretchen's blog a couple of years ago and I've been following it since then - it's great! I watch It's Sew Easy as well and last night an episode was on with Gretchen demo-ing a seam finish when working with sheer fabrics. That episode was on just in time for me - I'm getting ready to start on a summer tunic that will be made with sheer fabrics. I would love to win her book!

  65. User avater MistressTailor March 20th

    Looks like a great book!!!

  66. User avater user-2340998 March 20th

    I love Gertie and follow the blog for a while - would love to have this book!

  67. misssarcastica March 20th

    Love Gertie's blog!

  68. User avater ShiningStar March 20th

    This seems like a good book.

  69. User avater Erica_M March 20th

    What a great book giveway! This book certainly looks interesting and it looks like it give great tips on how to sew things that I would love to wear.

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