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Book Giveaway: "Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing"

Gerties New Book for Better Sewing by Gretchen Hirsch.

Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing by Gretchen Hirsch.

Photo: STC Crafts

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!

Comments (70)

Sew Magic Sew Magic writes: I'd love to have her book!
Posted: 5:58 pm on April 11th

user-2447672 user-2447672 writes: I would love this book!
Posted: 11:47 pm on April 8th

Cookie104115 Cookie104115 writes: 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.
Posted: 1:28 am on March 27th

LuvThreadsMagazine LuvThreadsMagazine writes: Gertie!
Posted: 3:42 pm on March 26th

Devery Devery writes: 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!!!!!!
Posted: 4:58 pm on March 25th

smcfarland smcfarland writes: 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!
Posted: 9:40 am on March 25th

cecine cecine writes: This book will help me how to make a pattern and which fabric should I choose for my project. Thanks
Posted: 7:23 am on March 25th

MissAlfie MissAlfie writes: Sure would love to have this book..
Posted: 10:32 pm on March 24th

StitchingSiren StitchingSiren writes: She makes some great vintage patterns, so the tips in this book would be helpful.
Posted: 9:13 pm on March 24th

Laffinwich Laffinwich writes: Love to have the book! It would be great to go along with her new patterns!
Posted: 7:56 pm on March 24th

user-1120336 user-1120336 writes: I'd love to have this one, she's so talented!
Posted: 4:32 pm on March 24th

BetinaCecilia BetinaCecilia writes: This book would be a great wedding present for my girlfriend (of course I would get to borrow it whenever I wanted)! ;)
Posted: 10:34 am on March 24th

Allykat Allykat writes: I would cherish the book! Great blog Gertie!
Posted: 7:12 pm on March 23rd

wolfkit wolfkit writes: I can't get enough of vintage fashion/style.
Posted: 6:32 pm on March 23rd

user-2439955 user-2439955 writes: 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!
Posted: 4:20 pm on March 23rd

Karen61 Karen61 writes: 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 : )
Posted: 2:47 pm on March 23rd

sewgramms sewgramms writes: Since I'm pretty vintage myself, I'd love to have a book about the patterns.
Posted: 2:29 pm on March 23rd

shanninen shanninen writes: 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!
Posted: 1:17 pm on March 23rd

sapientsaphead sapientsaphead writes: Sounds like this book would be a fabulous resource!
Posted: 10:42 am on March 23rd

BernadetteFox BernadetteFox writes: 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.
Posted: 8:44 am on March 23rd

learn2sew learn2sew writes: My daughter and I loves her blog.
Posted: 7:32 am on March 23rd

dianajanssen dianajanssen writes: 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.
Posted: 2:56 am on March 23rd

user-1139316 user-1139316 writes: I'm always looking for ways to improve my sewing skills!
Posted: 11:05 pm on March 22nd

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

Posted: 9:07 pm on March 22nd

artandneedlework artandneedlework writes: 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.
Posted: 7:49 pm on March 22nd

bobbinsandbustles bobbinsandbustles writes: I'm definitely looking forward to the sections on couture techniques and pattern customization!
Posted: 7:07 pm on March 22nd

Kukana Kukana writes: You can never have too many books for reference. I love using vintage ideas and making them modern.
Posted: 6:25 pm on March 22nd

Tempest1961 Tempest1961 writes: 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.
Posted: 5:41 pm on March 22nd

Dolly53 Dolly53 writes: 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. :)
Posted: 5:27 pm on March 22nd

lsmcd lsmcd writes: I'm always interested in reading about new sewing ideas.
Posted: 3:41 pm on March 22nd

repool repool writes: I would love to create my own clothes. She looks cool.
Posted: 3:30 pm on March 22nd

snowm snowm writes: I'm always looking for better ways to sew stuff. Thanks for the chance to win!
Posted: 3:13 pm on March 22nd

pt6356 pt6356 writes: I'd love to add Gertie's book to my sewing library!
Posted: 3:00 pm on March 22nd

Misty_Rae Misty_Rae writes: 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.
Posted: 2:29 pm on March 22nd

Susan545 Susan545 writes: I love Gertie and her great designs!
Posted: 2:26 pm on March 22nd

Carly_Sue Carly_Sue writes: 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.
Posted: 2:05 pm on March 22nd

auschick auschick writes: I'm always looking for ways to improve my sewing skills!
Posted: 1:47 pm on March 22nd

jen0farc jen0farc writes: Gertie was my first sewing teacher! Would love to add this to my library
Posted: 1:26 pm on March 22nd

JmTokunaga JmTokunaga writes: 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!
Posted: 12:49 pm on March 22nd

katiebodle katiebodle writes: It would be a great help to any of us who might win the book Always looking for new ideas.
Posted: 12:43 pm on March 22nd

EdelweissPatterns EdelweissPatterns writes: Looks amazing! I'm so glad she is encouraging seamstresses to use the best techniques possible.
Posted: 12:41 pm on March 22nd

EdelweissPatterns EdelweissPatterns writes: Looks amazing! I'm so glad she is encouraging seamstresses to use the best techniques possible.
Posted: 12:41 pm on March 22nd

ambrerose ambrerose writes: 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.

Posted: 12:19 pm on March 22nd

nicolars nicolars writes: 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.
Posted: 12:13 pm on March 22nd

jjelsewear215 jjelsewear215 writes: Keeping my fingers crossed!!! Pick me!
Posted: 11:59 am on March 22nd

user-1068810 user-1068810 writes: 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

Posted: 11:47 am on March 22nd

Mar Hein Mar Hein writes: 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! :))
Posted: 11:23 am on March 22nd

SansSouci572 SansSouci572 writes: I just purchased a couple of her patterns. I would like to get the book too!
Posted: 11:22 am on March 22nd

jasst282 jasst282 writes: I've been thinking about picking up this book. I like all of the garments I've seen made from the patterns!
Posted: 11:18 am on March 22nd

bluestar bluestar writes: I love Gertie's blog! I would love to win this book and try out some of the patterns and the great techniques.
Posted: 11:17 am on March 22nd

debit debit writes: more, and more information on sewing is a great thing. I want to spark my skills. This book looks very intriguing .
Posted: 11:10 am on March 22nd

jolietti jolietti writes: This book has been on my wishlist for awhile!
Posted: 11:10 am on March 22nd

AndiBrown AndiBrown writes: 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!
Posted: 3:51 pm on March 21st

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

Posted: 1:01 pm on March 21st

bev59 bev59 writes: If I am lucky enough to win this book,I will know all Gertie's sewing secrets,yippiiiii
Posted: 11:12 am on March 21st

JennGM JennGM writes: I'd love to win this book. I love the retro look!
Posted: 11:09 am on March 21st

Moore_Sew Moore_Sew writes: I try to learn something new every day and I think I'd learn a lot from this book. :)
Posted: 8:41 am on March 21st

Kylli Kylli writes: 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 ;-)
Posted: 2:36 am on March 21st

RondaBowen RondaBowen writes: 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!)
Posted: 1:00 am on March 21st

user-376130 user-376130 writes: 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 ;(
Posted: 9:46 pm on March 20th

cosmicday cosmicday writes: This book would be a great addition to anyone's sewing library - hope it is mine! :-)
Posted: 9:25 pm on March 20th

WildSewing WildSewing writes: 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.

Posted: 4:18 pm on March 20th

beadrbop beadrbop writes: Always love a great sewing book. This one looks like it will really help me in my sewing journey! Good luck to all!
Posted: 1:47 pm on March 20th

terrykes terrykes writes: 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!!
Posted: 11:51 am on March 20th

user-2119411 user-2119411 writes: 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!
Posted: 11:42 am on March 20th

MistressTailor MistressTailor writes: Looks like a great book!!!
Posted: 11:28 am on March 20th

user-2340998 user-2340998 writes: I love Gertie and follow the blog for a while - would love to have this book!
Posted: 11:17 am on March 20th

misssarcastica misssarcastica writes: Love Gertie's blog!
Posted: 10:41 am on March 20th

ShiningStar ShiningStar writes: This seems like a good book.
Posted: 10:33 am on March 20th

Erica_M Erica_M writes: 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.
Posted: 9:30 am on March 20th

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