Gertie’s New Blog for Better Sewing = Tailoring Magic for the 18th c. Costumer

Do you guys know about Gertie’s?  I don’t remember how I found this blog, but it’s absolutely fantastic.  She is doing a “sew along” on a retro-style winter coat, and each post has so many tips about proper tailoring techniques that I am simply *itching* to try on the dove grey riding habit coming up.

Tailoring – I mean proper bespoke-style tailoring – has long been a mysterious mystery to me, and something scary and unknown and insurmountable, but Gertie really breaks it down and shows us what it’s all about, from doing proper lapel rolls, to pad-stitching with hair canvas.  These are things I knew nothing of before about 20 minutes ago when I started sifting through her blog posts.  Absolutely BRILLIANT.

We can learn much from Gertie’s “Lady Grey” project (and don’t you just love how that name ties in with our favorite century?), and apply these things to our own 18th c. jackets, redingotes, riding habits, and man clothes.  Have a look, and I’ll be sure to post about these techniques as well, when I come to the use of them on my next project.


  • The Dreamstress

    October 22, 2010 at 2:57 AM

    You know, I actually did a couple months of training with a proper, traditionally trained tailor, and I've done almost nothing with the knowledge. I really must take it up again and see what I remember! Thanks for the reminder!

  • Steph

    October 22, 2010 at 7:08 AM

    I love tailoring, perhaps more than any other aspect of sewing. I haven't learned much from Gertie, but I can appreciate that she has a lot to offer most people.

    Can't wait to see your tailoring work!

  • Lauren Stowell

    October 22, 2010 at 7:56 PM

    It's a whole new world for me! Now I want to race on to the next project (riding habit) so I can use all this stuff…


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