Sunday, 3 March 2013

Dirty Gertie from Number Thirty

On no-make-up-Sunday I have finished a quick and easy make from Gertie's Book for Better Sewing so of course the only photo will be this one. It's two pattern pieces, a piece of lovely cotton lawn and supposedly a zip. I did the Mena Trott Wiggle Zipper Wiggle Test and decided I could do without the zip.

Vintage touch - I am STILL using the sew-in interfacing I was given about 4 years ago by an older de-stashing sewist. It does make me happy to be thrifty and vintage (rather than just tight and old).

I have spent money this week on a rotary cutter (and mat! don't want to gouge holes in the kitchen table) and am completely converted. Who knew how fast and easy they are? I have my trousers cut out for the 1940s sewalong  already. Am I the last one to the rotary cutter party?

I am also trying my hardest to finish something for the Historical Sew Fortnightly organised by the Dreamstress herself but it's not sewing, I am knitting a 1930s top, here's a sneak peek. It's from Susan Crawford's book: A Stitch in Time Vol 2. I love this colour yarn, this isn't a great pic, you will have to wait for the finished thing! The sewalong rules state anything from before 1938 so this just sneaks in, plus the lovely Leimomi does allow knitting (the title would be a bit long if she included everything!).

Finally, a pic of me after all, here's my latest nail colour:

Happy Sunday!

PS The post title is a quote, not my opinion of Gertie! Any idea where from???????


  1. Love your blouse.. the fabric is so pretty and sounds really simple [love those kind of patterns]. Do you like Gertie's book? I haven't bought it yet?? Have been thinking about it.
    Fingernails look really pretty.. Emily [grandaughter] came over the other day,with a pretty green color.
    Nope..don't know where you got the title
    I don't have a rotary cutter? But, I should get me one..

  2. Ahhh the discovery of the rotary cutter - one of my very happy sewing days. I always think it's great when someone else discovers how easy they are to use. If you need pattern weights then there are many cheap options - tin cans, large washers stacked and covered in fabric, old-fashioned weights from scales (that's what I use), pebbles or sand in a little bag, painted (or just washed) large pebbles - and some other things I can't think of right now.

    I love the green nails - I went absolutely mad buying nail polish at the tail end of last year and am having great fun with all the different colours.

  3. Cute top. And I love your nails! Fabulous colour. :-)

  4. I think that's another northern saying Charlotte ... anyway, love that print! Shame you're not in on the Essential Top Sewalong!

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