Gertie Sweetheart Sundress

Soooo, long time no post huh? Oh well, life and all that. Before I knew it several months had passed. Oops! Time flies when you’re having fun!!

For a fun first post back in blogland I thought I would share with you my Gertie Sundress. I made this a few months back just prior to a trip to Hawaii. What better place to take some blog photos?!

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The pattern is from the first Gertie book that I have had for ages but never gotten around to making anything from.

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I wanted a sundress that was both cute and comfortable. With the shirred back this definitely fits the bill. The comfort of knit but a woven – genius!!

All the shirring!! Plus flamingoes!! The makings of a fun dress!

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Making shirring is so much fun. Essentially you hand wind the elastic into your bobbin, change the stitch length to about 4 (like basting stitch) and then go for it. I normally do stitch lines  approx 1cm apart. Once you’ve filled your piece of fabric the hold an iron above and give it a shot of steam and watch it contract. Super fun!

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I used a cute flamingo print from my stash and cut the size corresponding to my measurements. Gertie says she drafts for a C cup but I think possibly more generous as I didn’t do an fba.

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I omitted the contrast bias on the top and replaced with piping for a simpler look, plus I didn’t want that much pink. I added patch pockets to the skirt which I drafted by pretty much tracing around my spread hand, plus seam allowance and then adding a piped band at the top.

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I am super happy with the dress and it is a great summer travel item, especially with the pockets!

PS – photos taken on Big Island, swimmers underneath just before an afternoon of lazing on the beach!  That’s hubby dearest in the ocean 🙂

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PPS – I’ll try to make it not such a long spell before my next post!!

7 thoughts on “Gertie Sweetheart Sundress

  1. This is such a lovely dress and I really like how the shirring elastic has all the flamingos touching beaks!! And this dress is so you Liz and perfect for summer which will be upon us in no time.

  2. Hello beach babe! It’s great to hear from you again 😀 This is too cute for words – that shirring is awesome! And the fact there was no FBA here has me verily intrigued by this pattern. Epic. Win.

  3. You nailed the fit on this dress! I have only just discovered your blog! You make some wonderful things – dresses must be your forte. But you know as I was going through and reading some of your posts I was wondering if you have tried the Cashmerette patterns and what you have thought of them? They have just released a dress very similar to the lady skater and I am interested to know what people think of each. I have both patterns but actually fit into the turner dress sizing – leaving the lady skater to be sewn for my young teenage daughter.
    Please post soon. I am sticking this in my favourites so that when you do I can read it and I don’5 lose track.

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