Before we get into the meat of this post, I want to keep it 100.
The Patterns by Gertie 6453 is my new summer go-to.
Do you see how happy and glowing I am in the photos? I was feeling the Jenny Dress fantasy! In all honesty, I can’t wait to make this dress again in as many different fabrics as possible. Following the Facebook group, you can see that there are plenty of girls who feel the same and have already made 4 or 5 different versions!
For me, upcoming versions include eyelet, pinstripe, and even a border print (if I can find one I like!)
Previous posts for Patterns by Gertie Butterick 6453 Sew Along:
- Intro to the Gertie B6453 Sew Along!
- Full Bust Adjustment + Fitting Butterick 6453
- Gertie B6453 Sew Along View A, Video!
- Video Tips for Sewing Butterick 6453 Black Pinup Dress
First things first, please put in your zipper!
Gertie has a tutorial on her blog about how to put this in, and my verdict was– its an ok tutorial. Its straight forward, and at the end of the day it gets the job done.
I’m a huge fan of basting in absolutely everything in sight (would much rather “do it right” than trim corners, pun intended haha) so I followed her tutorial and added some basting into the mix.
I’ll be doing a video tutorial later on about how I put in my lapped zippers, so please subscribe to the YouTube channel if you haven’t already!
Finish up the facing and strap areas.
The Patterns by Gertie instructions go into this step pretty easily, but if you are adding a lining to your facing pieces, make sure you’ve drafted them out and have them ready to go.
I also took the time to redraft my facing pieces in a previous video. This is especially important if you’ve done a crazy Full Bust Adjustment on this princess dress. Please watch the following videos if you think you might fall into this pattern drafting category:
Please note: I recommend doing a 1.5- 2 in facing. Also, you’re not required to have as curvy as a facing as I did! Please square off the bottom edge if you find it too intense to sew!
Spend time finishing up the final details.
For me, final details included:
- Attaching the facing + lining piece to the garment
- Hand finishing the hem
I’m excited to have worked with this Patterns by Gertie design!
Its so inspired by Pinup Girl Clothing’s Jenny Dress, which is a great design, but super expensive and to be honest, I’m not as in love (as most) with the fabric design. At least with a pattern as strong as this one, I can use whatever fabric I want, again and again.
I’m not a quilting cotton sort of gal, but if I find something cute, who knows?
As I wrap up this project, I have two upcoming videos that I want to film:
Lapped Zipper Tutorial
As I said above, at the end of the day, whatever lapped zipper insertion that works for you and gets the job done is 100% right. I’m more comfortable with my method, so I’ll be doing a tutorial about that.
How to Make a Self Belt Tutorial
If you watched the video, I showed two belts buckles that I want to make self belts from. The process is simple, but I’ll break it down so you can make a matching belt for this dress.
How and Why to Underline
Sewing 101 video, but I know its super important and a lot of people don’t know why and how!
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