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Pinned the skirt front onto the dress form. It needs a good steam, but it’s gonna look so nice!! #lamourdress #charmpatternsbygertie

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Not the best lighting, but it shows the progress!! All boning has been inserted and I’m ready to start the skirt...once I finish a quilt, that is 😊 #lamourdress #charmpatternsbygertie

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Rita Blouse plus messy up-do and leopard turban: an outfit that says “I’m fabulous and haven’t washed my hair in a week.” The Rita Blouse pattern is available at the link in my profile (click “shop” in the upper right corner) in both print and PDF versions. Turban is by the fabulous @sarahsdoowopdos, and my favorite Marilyn-style earrings are from @vixen_by_micheline_pitt. #charmpatterns #charmpatternsbygertie #ritablousesewalong #ritablouse

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Graded the seam allowances to reduce bulk, now stitching the seam allowance to the underlining to keep it in place. #lamourdress #charmpatternsbygertie

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It is an absolute shame that all these boning channels have to go on the inside of the bodice, because they are GORGEOUS. I cut the selvages from a piece of linen I’ve had in my stash forever, leaving a bit of the fabric itself attached, then pressed it in half to make a casing. Sometimes I feel like my sewing is 25% technique, 75% improvisation 😂 #lamourdress #charmpatternsbygertie @gertie18

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My tacky fabric fish dress. Really happy with this one, probably the best fitting dress I have made myself. #lamourdress #charmpatterns #charmpatternsbygertie

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It ain’t all glitz and glamour! This week has been all about prepping the next Charm Pattern for digitizing, grading, and testing. This means lots of tracing by hand, which is pretty tedious and painstaking. I don’t want to give too much away, but I will say that the next pattern is one of my more ambitious projects to date, and it’s all about versatility and options. I can’t wait to show it to you! #charmpatterns #charmpatternsbygertie #patternmaking #indiepatterns

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This is my 2nd toile of the Rita Blouse by Charm Patterns, and it’s quite wearable 😊 I need to add just a touch more length to the upper front bodice for my final version #charmpatternsbygertie #ritablouse @gertie18

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I finished it!!! Details up on my blog! Https://catiesews.blogspot.com/2018/01/january-finish-project-is-done.html?m=1 #ritablouse @gertie18 #charmpatternsbygertie #beginspired #sewing #memade #2018makenine

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It has been decided: lining the dress with this gorgeous quilting cotton! #charmpatternsbygertie #lamourdress

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Sewing room is coming together, @gertie18 charm patterns l’amour pieces cut ready for fabric cutting, fitting in a bit of time for what I love in between my ever increasing work schedule #sewingroom #dressmaking #charmpatternsbygertie #johnlewisfabricbargains

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Finally figured out my #2018makenine ! I can't wait to get started on these projects. Definitely looking forward to #sewing some new things that I haven't made before and also #sewing some old favorites.
1. I've got a stack of fabrics waiting to be turned into comfy skirts using @gertie18 dirndl skirt tutorial. I've got a closet full of some already but you can never have too many #skirts!
2. #cigarettepants from @gertie18 #gertiesewsvintagecasual. I've never made pants before. Oh boy 😳
3. #hudsonpants by @truebias . These look so comfy 😍
4. #soipennydress by @sewoveritlondon . Perfect summer dress ☀️🕶️🍹 5. #ritablouse by #charmpatternsbygertie @gertie18 . Cute tops for all those skirts!
6. More tops! This time by @simplicity_creative_group . #simplicity8452 and #simplicity1365 . Having trouble deciding on just one so maybe I'll do both 🤔
7. #atomicstarburstquilt by @violetcraft
8. #caravantote by @noodlehead531 . I'm obsessed with making #totes 😆
9. And last, trying to make this dream a reality! Hoping to launch my shop, @sewnerdyshop , on @etsy this year! Stay tuned!

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Loving the versatility of this dress already!! #lamourdress #charmpatternsbygertie

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New post up on the blog! I got my flannel #ritablouse pattern pieces all cut out, my Kong inspired bodice all cut out, went shopping to pick up some netting to make Gertie's new #b6350 (not sure which one yet...) and grabbed some knit fabric to try out! Can't gain experience without trying new things! #beginspired #charmpatternsbygertie #sewing #2018makenine #gertiesultimatedressbook

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I spent some time this morning looking at the #ritablouse hashtag, and this leopard one from @ginger.nz is so glam! What a gorgeous lady and look. Don’t forget to tag me when you make my patterns; I want to do more reposts to show off your amazing skills! The Rita Blouse pattern is available at the link in my profile (click “shop” in the upper right corner) in both print and PDF versions. #charmpatterns #charmpatternsbygertie #ritablousesewalong

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After spending WAY too much time trying to figure out how to pattern match the roses across a lapped zipper at the center back, I realized how stupidly and obviously easy it is. Then since the bodice center front can be matched but not the front princess seams, I realized I could make the entire back match prints, all the way to the side front. And I think it works. Had a little trouble with the left side bodice—see if you can find the extra bit of piecework done due to lack of fabric 😉 #lamourdress #gertie #charmpatternsbygertie #charmpatterns

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Guess what!? SHE FIT!!! Full details in my blog post, link in profile. #beginspired #ritablouse #charmpatternsbygertie #2018makenine #sewing

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A little peak at my progress the last two days. I am finding it difficult to update three different places every day... there is more information on the photos as well as descriptions and a few pointers on my blog, link in profile. Keep at it! #memade #ritablouse #charmpatternsbygertie #sewing #2018makenine

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So I finally made something for me again after a few months of making kids clothes as gifts. Love this #charmpatternsbygertie #ritablouse from @gertie18 Fabric from @spotlightstores 💐#madebykrystle #charmpatterns #ritablousesewalong #spotlightstores

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Here we go!! Wearable muslin of rose print quilting cotton from Wal-Mart (I know, ew), then a silk dupioni version once the fabric arrives! @gertie18 #charmpatternsbygertie #lamourdress

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A little progress picture on my Rita Blouse #beginspired project. This is on my "to finish" list for January. #catiesews #memade #2018makenine #ritablouse #charmpatternsbygertie

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Finished my Rita blouse by @gertie18 using the @rileyblakedesigns Peter Pan fabric. I love it!! Such a fun and easy pattern to make. Got a feeling I’m going to be making it in loads of different prints! #ritablouse #charmpatternsbygertie #charmpatterns #sewing #memade #dressmaking #peterpan #retrostyle #broochaddict

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A peak of my latest make in this gorgeous olive green fabric 😊 I converted the Rita blouse by Charm Patterns into a super cute tie shoulder summer dress

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One of my favorite things I’ve done in the past year is to do the styling for some of my photo shoots. I’m sewing garments for the next Charm Patterns shoot now, and as I’m working I love laying out potential accessories. This nautical stripe just screams for a jaunty beret and a travel-themed charm bracelet, don’t you think? Also, here’s the perfect justification for all the shoes I own: the perfect ones were already in my collection! Shoes by @misslfire, fabric from @nyelegant. Bracelet is sentimental (it represents my travels over the past year), and contains charms by @joyeverley. #charmpatterns #charmpatternsbygertie #styling #vintagestyle

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I’m loving everyone’s #2018makenine posts, and honored to see so many of my patterns included! (I get a real thrill seeing the library of patterns that I’ve built up over the years in my books, for Butterick, and now my new indie line.) As for me, I’m busy making more patterns! I just scheduled the next #charmpatterns photoshoot, and there are more Butterick #patternsbygertie coming your way too. Can’t wait to show you what I’ve been up to, and to see all your gorgeous new garments! #sewcialists #sewing #charmpatternsbygertie #gertiesultimatedressbook

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New year means new projects!! I don’t know if I have enough time to make one of these before I go to NY, but these might be a bit too cold right now anyway. 👗💖🎀
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Thank you so much @sunshine1668 and @captmandel for my Christmas preasents!! You know I’ll make good use of them😘 #charmpatterns #charmpatternsbygertie #gretchenhirsch #patternsbygertie #grateful #thankful #holiday #gifts #supportivefamily #sew #sewing #diy #vintageinspired #lamourdress #ritablouse #fashion #fabric #hoffmanfabrics #joanns #stitchcraft #stitchcraftboca #live #love #make #create

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Four more sewing projects cut and ready to go #charmpatternsbygertie #ritablouse #lamourdress #random70sbohodress #b6453 (This also doesn’t include the shorts I’m nearly finished too.)

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Speaking of #2018, one of my resolutions is to SEW MORE.. who are we kidding, buy more fabric too! Here’s my latest mash up. Top was a #ritablouse and the bottom was a gathered skirt I put on #b6453 I made over the summer. I stitched them together and thus, the ✨NEW✨ space babies dress was born! (Unfortunately my new dressform is too big and will need to be exchanged,so it’s just pinned on. ALSO Holy 🐄, Two posts in one day?!? Who am I?!) #charmpatterns #charmpatternsbygertie #michaelmiller #michaelmillerfabrics #sewing #sewist #sewistsofinstagram #midcenturykitsch #kitsch #retro #whitechristmastree

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