Monday, April 30, 2018

Behind the Seams with Gertie!

Gretchen "Gertie" Hirsch
Beacon, NY
I'm a self-proclaimed international sewing starlet! I design glamorous vintage-inspired sewing patterns and fabric, write books, and travel the world teaching dressmaking workshops.

Q: What's your favorite piece of work that you have created, your favorite project or your favorite part of the work day?
A: My favorite thing I've created is my new independent line of sewing patterns, Charm Patterns by Gertie. These are beautifully designed and packaged dressmaking patterns inspired by the golden age of glamour. And of course I'm thrilled to be realizing my dream of having a line with Michael Miller Fabrics, as a longtime fan.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: My goal is to release at least four Charm Patterns this year, so I am working very hard on that at the moment! But I'm writing this from my hotel at Disney World, as I'm just finishing up a three-week teaching trip to Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Orlando.

Q: What are your goals for the future, both work wise and life?
A: To release more patterns and online courses, and to continue to travel the world sharing my work.

Q: What are you doing when you're not creating or at work? What hobbies do you have?
A: I love swing dancing, old movies, and rockabilly music!

Q: What would people be surprised to learn about you?
A: That I don't believe that I was born in the wrong era. I'm a very modern woman at heart; I just love old-fashioned things! Also: I'm not afraid to look unkempt when I'm at home.

Q: Do you have any favorite blogs/magazines/IG feeds that you follow or read? 
A: One of my biggest inspirations (and expenses!) is following vintage sellers on Instagram. I love @Geronimovintage, @FabGabs, @Xtabayvintage, @sweetbeefinds, and many more! I also love Advanced Style for future ideas on becoming a fabulously eccentric old lady.

Q:  Where else can we find you? 
Q:  What else should we know about you and your work?
A: Most of my inspiration comes from vintage designs. I love shopping for old textiles and collecting ideas for fabrics. Old hankies, tablecloths, napkins, and of course dresses are my favorite things to collect. 
Q: Do you have any tips or inspiring words for others? 
A: I've been doing this for ten years, but I only feel recently that I'm really accomplishing the visual aesthetic I've been reaching for. Getting a little older and becoming more independent has made me more confident in my personal style. It's amazing how many self-limiting voices we can have, both internal and external. My goals lately are to listen to myself more fully and to trust myself to be in creative control of my own work.

Q: Do you admire any artists / people? (famous or not!) 
A:  Dita Von Teese is one of my main inspirations. Her sense of style and self is impeccable. When I'm unsure about a design, I often ask myself, "What would Dita do?"

Q: What is your favorite....
Color: Pink!
Animal: My rescue pets, a feisty chihuahua named Hattie and a beautiful grey cat named Henry
Season: Sundress season!
Vacation Spot: Disneyland
Food: Birthday cake
*with Hattie
Here's a sneak peek of Charming!
Charming will be in stores this August!
We are so excited about our partnership with Gertie and we want to share the excitement with you! Comment below and let us know your favorite flower, book, movie or movie star and you'll be entered to win a fat 1/4 bundle of Charming! 

*And the winner is....
"My favorite flower is the Gerber Daisy or pansies it's really too hard to pick. I really am completely smitten with this new line I already have many ideas of what I would do with this Fat Quarter bundle"



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Sue Carter said...

I love a daisy bunch and the book, Mrs. Mike

Charese Shinabery said...

So excited to see this line! Gertie’s books Ultimate Dress book was my first inspiration to get started. So happy to finally be part of this awesome community!

Charese Shinabery said...

I cannot wait to see this new collection!! I’ve always been a fan of Gertie and her work. In fact, I just made my first successful skirt using Gerties Intermediate Skirt making tutorial from YouTube 💕
My favorite flower: Peonies and Gerbera Daisies
Favorite Book: is actually a series, the Dark Tower Series by Steven King. Best series I have ever read!
Favorite Movie: again series, I love Harry Potter! I can watch from beginning to end over and over again across all 8 films.
Favorite Movie Star: Sandra Bullock, I’ve just always enjoyed her films. Especially when she’s goofy like “The Proposal” or “Miss Congeniality”

Sandra Payne said...

My favorite flower is the hydrangea! I think. It's hard to choose. :-)

Sarah said...

White Roses.

Tonia2000 said...

The Thomas Crowne Affair is my favourite movie, and I’d have to say lavender is my favourite flower.

Congratulations on the new collection!!

Unknown said...

The flower i fancy the most is the orchids.

Isabelle K. said...

Favorite all time movie is "Labyrinth". Love this new fabric line!

L. Ann said...

Roses are my favorite flowers.

Quilting Jeannie said...

I love Tulips, in all colors. They make beautiful applique accents on quilts.

Quilting Jeannie said...

Gertie's floral collection is so exciting. I can picture them in a beautiful quilt. My favorite sewing machine is my Singer featherweight that my Mom sewed baby clothes on for me. My favorite movies are Chicago and You've Got Mail.

Unknown said...

Tulips are my favorite flower

THG said...

My favorite flower is called Charles del Mill it a very deep purple rose
Book... the outsiders
Movie .. the mighty ducks

Leah said...

I love Pride and Prejudice (the book and the 1995 miniseries).

Kristin said...

Drew Barrymore is my favorite actress.

Unknown said...

Favorite movie: The Women (the original 1939 film) Rosalind Russell is my fave actress. Flower: Dandelions, pick by my grandsons for me.

Christine said...

Favorite flowers are peonies!

Anonymous said...

I have 2 favorite movies - Gone With The Wind and the Wizard of Oz. Thanks!

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Litterairy said...

My favorite flower is the gardenia, and my favorite movie for watching is Singin' in the Rain. I love to dress for both the 1920s and 1950s. My favorite movie actress for costumes is Ann Miller. Some day I'm going to make her scalloped dress from Kiss Me Kate.

Anonymous said...

Fire and Ice Rose is my favorite flower and my favorite movie is Pretty Woman.

M. Nicole said...

Roses and Maureen O'Hara

quiltingbren said...

Tulips are my favorite flower.

Laurie said...

My favorite flowers are wildflowers, especially Queen Anne's Lace. My favorite book is Gone With the Wind which is also my favorite movie. And that makes Clark Gable my favorite actor.

Liz said...


GranChris said...

I love tulips. This reminds me of Audrey Hepburn, class act. Her life story was amazing. Favorite book I have so many but I am old always loved James Michener's books. Chesapeake and Centennial were high on my list. To Kill a Mocking Bird or Grapes of Wrath are high on the list too.

Dolores Clark said...

Yellow roses

Unknown said...

i love ranunculi!! great giveaway! i can't waow for the release in august!

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