Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Hello, Sew-Along Friends!

Hi everyone! My name is Gretchen (Gertie for short) and you can check out my blog about vintage sewing here. I'm super psyched for our jacket sew-along, since I've been meaning to try a Chanel knock-off forever.

I just ordered the pattern I plan on using (above), from this lovely Etsy seller. It's Simplicity #5189, from the early 60's. The jacket in view 2 (the pink) is perfect, don't you think? I might need the matching dress too.

Also, I just wanted to echo Gail's post from yesterday, and recommend the Threads article on choosing trims. It's excellent! I also have two articles in hard copy from back issues of Threads--one is the couture method of making a Chanel-style jacket, and then the other is a shortcut version. I'm definitely leaning towards the shortcut method. I hope that's not cheating!


  1. Hi Gertie, we haven't "met" yet but I just peeked at your blog and it's great! This looks like a fantastic pattern. I hope you do end up making the dress, too!

  2. Thanks for the link. I have to confess--the trim part is going to be my favorite! I just might have to fly to NY to buy some (lol)!

  3. Thank you, Antoinette! Thanks, too, for stopping by my blog; I'm a fan of yours too. :)

    I'm with you on the trim, Cindy. Doesn't it just make the jacket?