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Gertie Sews Vintage Casual: Zipper-Front Dress

Gertie Sews Vintage Casual: Zipper-Front Dress


Although I do not have a sewing machine, I have quite the backlog of projects from last summer/autumn. This is the zipper front dress from Gretchen Hirsch's popular book, Gertie Sews Vintage Casual. I made it last summer for an outdoor event hosted by my employer.


I don't remember precisely which size I made, but I did have to make some adjustments. I wondered, prior to making the dress, if I would need a FBA; it is usually necessary. Due to the different pattern design, I couldn't quite figure out how to manage it, so I took a risk. It worked almost perfectly, but, I ended up having to seriously reduce the seam allowance around the bust, and it is still quite snug. Thankfully, it is entirely wearable!


The fabric is a simple quilting cotton from Joann, with fuchsia piping and a centered fuchsia zipper. I do like to collar! It is quite different from most dress collars, and I appreciate that. The pattern and directions were a pleasure to work with! I love using Gretchen Hirsch's patterns. I am always quite excited to see her new designs, and I cannot wait until her new book comes out in March.


The dress is a little shorter than I expected, and if I make another, I shall definitely lengthen it. Overall, it was a simple project which made it a breeze to stitch up. I have been thinking about making up another once I own a sewing machine again!


Jolly day to you!


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