Tattoo-print Sundress, Gertie-style

Hi again guys! I feel a bit spammy for the two posts within two days – sorry!

Here’s my version of Gertie’s 1950’s-inspired Sundress, in an Alexander Henry quilter’s cotton (I think its called ‘Tattoo’). I know her pattern’s arn’t strictly vintage, but the styling is pretty close. I’ve made four of her design so far and feel like i’m sewing my way through her book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 I love this pattern! Its super easy to sew once you’ve gotten the fit right (like all of her patterns). It also only took 3m of fabric!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I made a couple of changes – tweaking the fit of the bodice  and adding in-seam pockets (complete details on the blog). If you’ve been contemplating making this one go for it, it looks much better in real life than in her book!

• Meet the Author • Bex


A vintage obsessed, rockabilly femme living in Sydney, Australia. I hoard vintage knitting and sewing patterns, and shoes. So many shoes. My favourite era is the late 1930s- early 1940s.





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  • Wow! Fun dress! Can you give your thoughts on using quilting cotton for a retro dress? I am worried that it is not drapey enough but it can be so hard to find good cotton options.

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    • Hey Kate – i’ve never had qualms about using it! It turns quite drapey after a wash (my problems are normally the reverse, I want something crisper and it softens up too much).
      Go for it!

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  • Great dress with the black detailing and the belt! A belt covered in the dress fabric does a lot to a garment. Love it!

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  • Such a lovely dress !!!!

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  • Love your dress and choice of fabric! I’ve been putting off getting Gertie’s book, but think it’s about time that I ordered it!

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  • I am so glad you said something about the book version vs. a real life version. I love Gertie and her creations, but I was really not into that dress when I saw it in her book. Your version is great. I’m reconsidering. :)

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  • I love it with the fabric you chose

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  • I love your version! That’s 2 versions of this dress I’ve seen on Sew Retro that I’ve loved. I really need to make this – your colors with the belt are stunning!

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  • Ok…Your dress is adorable! And so are you. Well done!

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