Gertie’s Princess Seam Bodice Dress with A-line Skirt AND Gertie’s Easy Knit Pencil Skirt

This is my latest make from Gertie’s Ultimate Dress Book and is the second of my completed garments for the #makenine2017 challenge. I finished it a couple of weeks ago but have been holding back on the blog post, waiting for some good natural light to take photos in. It’s not happening… so here’s some grainy indoor photos instead.

If you don’t have Gertie’s third book, or have never made anything from it, then you really should. I can not praise it high enough. It is sort of a mix and match style of book with various bodices and skirt shapes that are all interchangeable.

It seems like everything I sew at the moment has princess seams. I do really love them though and they are especially flattering on a bigger bust.

For this dress I chose to make it in a knit fabric – this dreamy black and white geometric patterned ponte roma that I picked up in the sale at Guthrie & Ghani.  I cut a size 8, but added some extra room at the waist and did a sway back adjustment. This dress was really quick and straightforward for me to make, mainly because I already have an adjusted version of the pattern from a bodice fitting class I took with Gertie last Autumn.

Gertie’s instructions for the dress include the addition of a zip and a lining for the bodice but I chose to omit both of these from my version. The super soft, super lovely fabric (seriously I love this fabric so much) is stretchy enough to pull right over my head so no zip needed. And instead of a lining, I just made a simple facing to go around the neck. But despite understitching and stitching-in-the-ditch,  the facing kept poking out and misbehaving. So in the end, I decided to top stitch around the neck line. I sewed all the seams with a triple stretch stitch which seems to work well on this fabric, and  I just did a simple hand stitched hem.

What do you think? I really love it. It’s one of the comfiest dresses I own too. I am all for looking stylish but feeling like I am still in my pyjamas. I believe the term for this phenomenon is secret pyjamas. Anyway, I am in love.

Bonus Skirt

I had a little bit of the lovely fabric left over from the dress, so I whipped up a quick elastic waist pencil skirt from Gertie’s second book, Gertie Sews Vintage Casual. Again, I cut a size 8 and followed the very clear and very straightforward instructions. It’s not my most accomplished sewing project but it was such an incredibly fast make and a great way to use up that left over bit of fabric. Seriously, it was all cut out and sewn up in about 30 minutes! I’ll be making a lot more of these.


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