Gertie’s Blog for Better Sewing was the first sewing blog I ever followed, just when I was starting to sew duvet covers and getting myself overexcited about the potential of wrap dresses in my future. I followed her projects in total awe and also loved (and still do!) the body positive message she’s had throughout the years.
So just imagine my excitement when I heard about Gertie’s Sewing Retreat in Beacon NY….
Yes, dear readers, I am going to meet Gertie next weekend!
Compose yourselves, please.
I’ll be joining Lauren and several others for what promises to be a super fun weekend of sewing, chatting and Saturday afternoon tea.
The big question now is, what project do I bring with me? Much like Susan Khalje’s courses (one day I’ll do the French Jacket week, one day….) you have to bring along a muslin of a project, to get fitting advice and then finish it over the weekend. Obviously, I want to get as much as I can out of this experience, so no cheating! However, I’m a little unsure about what to do, so I’m looking for your advice…
Option 1: Trousers (pants)
Eek. I have literally never made trousers, except for children and sleeping in. I’m pretty afraid of them because my waist-hip ratio isn’t standard (bigger waist and skinnier hips than most pattern slopers) and the whole, err.. well let’s just say that the potential for ill-fitting garments is particularly hazardous when it comes to that area! I’m also not sure what type of pattern would really suit me – I have proportionately slim legs, hips and thighs but a larger waist, and I’m around a 20/22 in the Big 4. Could anyone suggest a good pattern? I tend to prefer slimmer leg trousers, as is the fashion these days, sweetie darling. Perhaps these Burdas?
Option 2: Boned formal dress
Gertie is such a legend when it comes to tailored formal wear that I’m wondering if this is the way forward. I’m a bit scared of anything with seamed cups though because it’s pretty hard to grade them up to my size and they might be a little too…. in your face (Alana faced a similar issue although I LOVE her top!). Also, strapless isn’t an option. I love Gertie’s new Butterick designs but fear that they won’t meet the old bust requirements. Perhaps this one (without the ruffled bits)?
Option 3: Errrr…
I’ve run out of ideas!
Dear Cashmerette readers, I cannot let Gertie or myself down, so your advice is desperately needed!