Gertie’s Charmed Sewing Studio

Pattern Making and Couture-Style Techniques for Perfect Vintage Looks


Bestselling sewing author Gretchen Hirsch returns to her roots with a fresh look at fashion classics-how they were made then, and how modern day sewists can re-create them now

This book is not yet published, but will be available from May 2024.

ISBN: 9781419769566 Category:

Gretchen Hirsch


Gretchen Hirsch, aka “Gertie,” returns to her roots with a dive into beloved fashion classics-the mermaid gown, the 1950s Hostess Set (think Lucille Ball), the Lilli Ann princess coat-plus a little fashion history, to inspire modern-day style mavens. Sewists, thrift shoppers, and fashion collectors will love making the patterns included in the book, and learning how to reproduce their favorite looks from any vintage garment.
The first half of the book is a journey through pattern and couture sewing techniques. Gretchen combines a bounty of sketches, historic images, process photos, and clear instructions to create an irresistible sewing guide and lookbook for the vintage fashion enthusiast.
In the second half, Gretchen deconstructs three intricate designs, and shows sewists how her studio re-creates a garment-all so that readers can do the same with their favorite styles. Focusing on just three designs offers a sewing and design foundation in a full range of sizes–from 2-34, with separate A-H cup sizes. This wide range is not easy to find in other sewing books, and more important than ever for body inclusivity. Each garment (two dresses and a jacket) is shown with detailed instructions and full-size paper sewing patterns.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 20.3 x 25.4 cm
Publisher name ABRAMS
Publication date 30 May 2024
Number of pages 208
Format Hardback
Dimensions 20.3 x 25.4 cm
Weight 300 g


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Gretchen Hirsch is an author, pattern designer, and sewing expert. She has collaborated with Butterick, Joann Fabrics, Spotlight Stores, and Michael Miller. She is the founder of Charm Patterns, the Charm Patterns YouTube channel, and Charm Patterns subscription service. Her 100,000+ fans are sewing enthusiasts from around the world.