Tuesday 30 August 2011

Bomshell Dress Sew-a-long!

Thank you all for your lovely comments on my last post I really do appreciate each and every one!

I'm excited, I've just signed up to do Gertie's Bombshell Sew-a-long on Craftsy after reading about it on Miss Katie's blog. I had been pondering signing up for a while, I was worried that it may just be another thing I leave half finished when something goes a bit wrong or that would never be able to keep up with the pace of the other sewers, which has been my main reason for never being brave enough to take on any other Sew or Knit-a-longs, but after reading all about it on Gertie's Blog and on Craftsy
I was convinced!

Here the sites blurb...
"Sometimes a girl needs a wee bit of va-va-voom. Gretchen Hirsch - creator of Gertie's Blog for Better Sewing - gives you the skills you need to create gorgeous dresses that fit like they're painted on, yet let you dance all night. You'll learn how to assemble and customize the included BurdaStyle dress pattern, create a muslin to check fit, and construct a highly tailored garment using some very cool techniques. In 15 high-definition video lessons, you'll learn how to make a moulded bodice with underlining, boning, bust padding, a waist stay and convertible straps. The draped sarong skirt makes a beautiful contrast.
In luxurious shantung, this bustier dress exudes midcentury sophistication. Gertie says, "Think Alfred Shaheen. Think Dorothy Lamour." Make it in a tribal print for a sexy tiki vibe, butter-yellow eyelet for that Audrey Hepburn ingénue-at-a-picnic look, or ivory silk (with a fetching hat) for your wedding day. Come join the fashion fun and sign up for Sew Retro: Perfect Bombshell Dresses today"
If you fancy giving it a go It is currently on sale for $29.99 which is about £20 down from $59, for that you get all of the above and also personalised help via the on-line community and from Gertie herself who is ready to answer your questions no matter how big or small!

The clincher for me was the promise to teach you how to make a dress that fits properly, by showing you how to make a muslin and then how to modify it for a great fit. Making a muslin is something I very rarely do (OK I've done it once) as I have no idea how to actually tweak it to make it better, so this will be invaluable!

I'm really looking forward to getting started on it, though I have promised myself I will finish all my other outstanding sewing UFOs (written a list of them all... ugh, it's worrying how many there is!) before starting which may take a while, but as access to the course doesn't expire should give me plenty of time!

Wendy x


  1. That bombshell frock looks heavenly!!Go girl!! I saw they were doing that,but I'm hopeless at following along,I always get gung ho,or just get confused!!!Have you decided on fabric??
    O,I just received Glorious 39 from my dvd online hire company!! I already ahd it on queue,I discovered,after reading your revue,so then I bumped it up to the top!Cant wait to watch it!
    OO,and I always have half finished projects lting around....I think it's par for the course!!xxx

  2. I'm so glad you've signed up too! It really is an amazing tutorial, I haven't started it but I've watched all of the videos (wanted to see what I was getting myself into!) and they are brilliant, so clear and very easy to follow. I too am trying to finish up all my UFOs before starting it, but I'm hoping that I will be able to make in for a New Year's outfit :) I can't wait to follow your progress on yours, good luck! xx ps thanks for the mention, you lovely girl you :) x

  3. sound lovely, wish I could sew and follow instructions.
    good luck amor!

  4. good luck
    I can't wait to see your dress