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

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. User avater
    Erica_M | | #1

    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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    ShiningStar | | #2

    This seems like a good book.

  3. misssarcastica | | #3

    Love Gertie's blog!

  4. user-2340998 | | #4

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

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    MistressTailor | | #5

    Looks like a great book!!!

  6. user-2119411 | | #6

    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!

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    terrykes | | #7

    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!!

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    beadrbop | | #8

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

  9. WildSewing | | #9

    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.

  10. cosmicday | | #10

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

  11. user-376130 | | #11

    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 ;(

  12. RondaBowen | | #12

    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!)

  13. Kylli | | #13

    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 ;-)

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    moore_sew | | #14

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

  15. JennGM | | #15

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

  16. bev59 | | #16

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

  17. nawan | | #17

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

  18. AndiBrown | | #18

    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!

  19. jolietti | | #19

    This book has been on my wishlist for awhile!

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    debit | | #20

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

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    bluestar | | #21

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

  22. jasst282 | | #22

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

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    SansSouci572 | | #23

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

  24. Mar Hein | | #24

    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! :))

  25. user-1068810 | | #25

    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

  26. jjelsewear215 | | #26

    Keeping my fingers crossed!!! Pick me!

  27. nicolars | | #27

    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.

  28. ambrerose | | #28

    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.

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    EdelweissPatterns | | #29

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

  30. katiebodle | | #30

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

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    JmTokunaga | | #31

    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!

  32. jen0farc | | #32

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

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    auschick | | #33

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

  34. Carly_Sue | | #34

    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.

  35. Susan545 | | #35

    I love Gertie and her great designs!

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    Misty_Rae | | #36

    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.

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    sewmuchknittting | | #37

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

  38. snowm | | #38

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

  39. repool | | #39

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

  40. lsmcd | | #40

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

  41. Dolly53 | | #41

    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. :)

  42. Tempest1961 | | #42

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

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    Kukana | | #43

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

  44. bobbinsandbustles | | #44

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

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    artandneedlework | | #45

    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.

  46. MsHem | | #46

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

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    kathys120 | | #47

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

  48. dianajanssen | | #48

    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.

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    learn2sew | | #49

    My daughter and I loves her blog.

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    BernadetteFox | | #50

    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.

  51. sapientsaphead | | #51

    Sounds like this book would be a fabulous resource!

  52. shanninen | | #52

    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!

  53. sewgramms | | #53

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

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    Karen61 | | #54

    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 : )

  55. user-2439955 | | #55

    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!

  56. wolfkit | | #56

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

  57. Allykat | | #57

    I would cherish the book! Great blog Gertie!

  58. BetinaCecilia | | #58

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

  59. user-1120336 | | #59

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

  60. laffinwich | | #60

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

  61. StitchingSiren | | #61

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

  62. MissAlfie | | #62

    Sure would love to have this book..

  63. cecine | | #63

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

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    smcfarland | | #64

    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!

  65. Devery | | #65

    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!!!!!!

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    LuvThreadsMagazine | | #66


  67. Cookie104115 | | #67

    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.

  68. user-2447672 | | #68

    I would love this book!

  69. Sew Magic | | #69

    I'd love to have her book!

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