Handmade Weddings

On Tour & Giveaway: Gertie’s Ultimate Dress Book


I love spreading the word about new sewing books! And especially when it’s a book that could help you with a big event in your life – like your wedding day.

Gertie’s Ultimate Dress Book, by the one and only Gretchen Hirsch, hit bookshelves earlier this month. Fans of Gertie are big believers in her first two books, Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing and Gertie Sews Vintage Casual. Thanks to Gertie, a whole new generation of women are becoming rockstar sewers. I’m lucky to have sat in on some of Gertie’s lectures at sewing events and conferences – she’s a pretty amazing maker.

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.

GertiesUltimateDressBook_p212eAs 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:

Indie Detroit Wedding Ring Showcase June 28

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.?

Make sure to follow along on Facebook as well as RSVP for the Showcase.

Our Handmade Wedding: The Paper Goods

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…)

Our Handmade Wedding: The Crafts

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…)