Author(s): Gretchen Hirsch
The mid-20th century was an amazing time for American women's fashion Following the war, women started looking to American designers rather than French couture houses for inspiration and to demand clothing they could move in, even play in. In this follow-up to Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing, Gretchen "Gertie" Hirsch celebrates the classic casual styles that icons like Katharine Hepburn, Audrey Hepburn, and Rosie the Riveter made famous--think wide-legged trousers, fitted capri pants, beach rompers, shorts, knit tops, jeans, and day dresses. In Part I, Hirsch introduces key techniques for sportswear construction--from working with knit fabrics to the intricacies of pant-making--and in Part II, she showcases a 30-plus-piece vintage-inspired casual wardrobe.
Gretchen "Gertie" Hirsch is the author of Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing (STC Craft, Autumn 2012), a passionate seamstress, a sought-after teacher and the creator of one of the web's most popular sewing blogs: Gertie's New Blog for Better Sewing. She has her own pattern line with Butterick, and teaches fashion design and sewing around America. Her work has been featured in the magazines Sew Stylish, Vogue Patterns, Threads and Stitch and on jezebel.com.