In Gertie’s Ultimate Dress Book, our author turns her attention to helping you create gorgeous, swoon-worthy vintage dresses that work for all the occasions in life. After taking a look at the book it didn’t take long for me to fall in love with her wedding dress pattern.
For my wedding a few years back I DESPERATELY wanted to have some components of a handmade wedding dress. While I ultimately found a dress off the rack that turned out to be THE ONE, I did end up making my own wedding veil and wearing a rehearsal dinner dress made by the very talented Karen LePage.
I wish Gertie’s book had been published back in 2012 as I think I actually could have tackled it myself.
As she’s done with all of her great tutorials, Gertie walks you through the steps of creating a custom-fitted vintage frock. This wedding dress simply screams 1950s with its tea-length skirt, sweet lace overlay and charming hat.
If you’re looking for a new sewing book that’s all about gorgeous vintage fashion, Gertie’s Ultimate Dress Book is a must-have. Feeling lucky? As part of Gertie’s blog tour for her new book I’m excited to be able to give away a copy of her book AND a bundle of Gertie fabric from Fabric Traditions! To enter, simply leave a comment below about why you’d like to learn about making your own vintage-inspired clothing. You have until next Friday, March 25 at 11:59 pm EST to get in on the action!
Curious to see what other people have to say about Gertie’s new book? Take a look at the previous stops on her blog tour:
Earlier this summer my former co-worker, and resident amazing paper crafter, got married and presented the best DIY wedding I’ve ever attended. Megan loves paper crafting with old books, so when she announced her engagement and that they would be tackling most of the wedding components themselves, we knew we were in for a treat.
Oh, Minted. I am such a devoted fan of Minted.com. There are a lot of fantastic stationery options online right now, but me I always select Minted. From Valentines to your own business cards, Minted has a paper offering for the occasion. Here are some of my recent purchases from them. (more…)
I’m very excited to be a part of Indie Detroit Wedding Ring, an online resource for DIY-minded brides and grooms. After my wedding, I realized how hard it is for folks not connected to the crafting world to find independent business owners who focus on local goods or making goods on their own. My co-horts, Carey Gustafson (of Glass Action and Handmade Detroit) and leader Angela Ficorelli (of Moving Beauty) felt the same way, too. And it’s not just weddings – there’s a real need for DIY party assistance, from supplies to ideas, for folks in Detroit.
This year we’re building up our database and looking to highlight fantastic area makers and business owners. To get us started, we’re hosting a small showcase at Flip Salon in Ferndale on June 28. The event is free of charge – we’re just looking to meet other folks who want help creating their DIY wedding.
I’m also pleased to share that Windham Fabrics has graciously donated fabric for our guest thank-you gifts! These handmade totes, made by yours truly, will be given to the first 25 folks that evening. They’re great for stashing the business cards and flyers you’ll be picking up that evening! I’ll be sharing a tutorial on how to make them for yourself, too. Why not use them for out-of-town guests, gift bags for attendants, etc.?
When I thought to myself, “I can’t WAIT to design our own wedding invitations!” I had no idea how time goes into the process. Luckily we had the wonderful brains and expertise of Perfect Laughter, Dennis and Christina Jacobs. I’ve known the Dearborn husband-and-wife design team for a few years now thanks to the Detroit Urban Craft Fair. When it came time to decide who would make our wedding paper goods, Nick and I didn’t even think of anyone else. (more…)
We received our wedding photos not too long ago and have been spending a lot of time going through all of the great shots. (That’s something you don’t realize will take a LOT of time to enjoy!) Starting today, and for the next few days, I’m going to share my favorites from our wedding last December at The Henry Ford. During the wedding planning process I shared a few posts on the handmade things I’d been scheming. With all of our photos on deck, here’s what we saved for the big day in terms of crafts. (more…)