My Night and Day dress, a Gertie pattern
Updated: Aug 8
Let me start 2020 by sharing a colorful summer project: The Night and Day dress, from Gertie, that I sewed during a very exciting workshop in Paris, hosted by Gertie herself last July.
Gertie and her patterns: A love story for the ages
If you visit my blog regularly, you know it well: I am always very inspired by Gertie and everything she produces. Her books and patterns have really helped my sewing skills and enabled me to improve, and I adore wearing clothes made from her patterns. The first time she liked one of my instagram posts, I *may* have taken a screenshot, showered it with handdrawn hearts, and shared it with everybody around me... So of course, when she came to Paris for a two days workshop, I couldn't let that opportunity go!
The pattern for this workshop was the « Night and Day » dress, a versatile pattern that includes a variety of options for sleeves, skirts, top, collars. With this pattern alone, you can make 70 different dresses!
At the beginning of July, I had the immense pleasure and honour of spending two days at Brin de cousette, in paris, in the gorgeous store owned by Emmanuelle. Funnily enough, it's there that I attended my very first sewing workshop, six years ago, with my mum!
The workshop lasted two days: Day one's goal was to manage the perfect fit (how to measure yourself, which adjustments were needed, etc), while day two's goal was to actually sew your dress.
I admit that the first day was what I was looking forward to the most! Every time I sew a dress for someone else, I realise how different our bodies are, and how lucky I am to be able to adapt my clothes to my body and my measurements (and not the other way around!). From this point of view, I learned a lot! Like a very diligent student, I took lots of notes and hope to be able to apply what I learnt again and again.
The second day didn't disappoint at all! Gertie showed us some fantastic techniques to save time, get neater finishes, and… I finally understood how to sew a pretty lapped zipper - Hooray!
My Night and Day dress
Obviously, I had help for this one… but still, I'm very proud of it!
This is, undoubtedly so, the dress that fits me best. The square neckline adds a bit of uniqueness, and I am very happy with this colorful fabric which will be worn in many different occasions.
The shape is a shape that I enjoy wearing and is very 'me'. And actually, I can't wait to do it again with different sleeves and neckline (by adding a collar no doubt!). And cherry on the cake, it really was a fantastic experience to meet her and sew by her side...