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Giveaway: Gertie’s Ultimate Dress Book


I don’t think I have to tell you this – I don’t sew much clothing anymore. My sewing machine hasn’t seen the likes of a pant, a blouse or a dress in ages. I managed to sew a sequin skirt for the holidays, and then a coral pink skirt for my last bra workshop, but other than that, it’s been all lingerie, all the time. That doesn’t mean I don’t watch what’s going on in the “normal” clothing sewing sector.

One of the first sewing blogs I followed was Gertie’s. A newbie to sewing, I thought she was so cool with her tattoos and feminine, vintage garments. I still think she’s a pretty cool lady. So, even though we don’t sew the same type of garments, we’re both sewists, and I want to support a fellow seamstresses in any way I can. She just released a new book, Gertie’s Ultimate Dress Book: A Modern Guide to Sewing Fabulous Vintage Styles, and is a  follow-up to her last two books – Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing and Gertie Sews Vintage Casual. The book contains 23 dress patterns and is full of a ton of techniques. It’s broken into two parts – the first half covers dressmaking skills such as basic dress construction, finishing details, fitting and working with special fabrics. The second half of the book covers actual projects. If you’re a fan of vintage styles from the 40s, 50s and 60s – this is right up your alley.

She was kind enough to offer one Madalynne reader a bundle of Gertie fabric from Fabric Traditions and a copy of the book! To enter, sign up for my monthly newsletter. If you’re already a subscriber, that’s okay. Tell tell me so below. After, leave a comment with your method of entry and contact information. Contest opens immediately and ends one week from today, March 16. Last, contest is open to US and Canada residents only.

A few other bloggers will be posting reviews this week, so be sure to hop on over to their sites to read what they have to say:
March 8: Brewer Sewing
March 14: By Gum By Golly
March 16: A Dress A Day
March 18: Lish Dorset



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    I like Gertie too. And yes, I am already a subscriber to your newsletter

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      I already receive email notices and follow on IG. 🙂

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    What a wonderful book!!! I too am an email subscriber!

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    I am a subscriber to you newsletter. I thank you and Gertie for offering her book as a giveaway.Please contact me at my email if I win for my personal information.

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    I have one of Gertie’s previous books and love it! I am an email subcriber already.

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      Faye Morrison

      I loved Gertie’s previous books. Such clarity. I previously subscribed to your email.

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    Sara Santos

    Thank you both for the giveaway!
    I was already a subscriber, since I admire your work very much. 🙂

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    Enoque Moisés

    Awesome! I also am one of your subscribers 🙂

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    The book looks awesome! I am subscribing!

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    Marian Allen

    I am a loyal subscriber and hope you come SOUTH soon!

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    LeeAnne White

    I love sewing dresses! I am a subscriber, too.

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    Gertie’s new book looks great, such detail and the dresses look pretty! I’m a loyal email subscriber! Love your newsletter! You’re an inspiration!

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    I am a subscriber and bra alumni I sew garments for my 20 something daughters so they would love the book I follow Gertie too

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    Diane L

    Thank you for offering Gertie’s new book. I follow you through blog lovin but have subscribed to your monthly newsletter just to be sure I have a crack at this giveaway!! Thanks again…

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    Allready subscribed to your newsletter and a Gertie-fan! I like both your style and hers.

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    Oh wow the dresses are gorgeous and her new fabric collection is breathtaking 🙂
    I have been a subscriber to your newsletter for ages
    Thank you for the opportunity

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    I am already a subscriber. Thank you so much for the giveaway!

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    Love Gerti and am a subscriber, thank you for sharing

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    Becky Culbertson

    I am a monthly subscriber, and I have been wanting this book since I first heard of it. My email address is beckyc4u@yahoo.com.

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    The Sewing CPA

    I subscribed to your newsletter. Thanks for the giveaway. Gertie is amazing!

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    I am so eager for the release of this book!! Gertie’s was the first sewing blog I followed when I got back into sewing. I own her first book and this one looks even better.
    I’m already a subscriber — thanks for the giveaway!

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    Whitney Koehn

    I’ve subscribed to your blog and newsletter. You make beautiful things. Thank you.

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    Ohhh I’ve been looking at this for a while…

    I have just subscribed to your emails (although I get post emails through wordpress already)

    My email is nicole.geluk@gmail.com

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    I’ve been reading your blog through Bloglovin, but I just subscribed. This is such a coincidence; I was just looking at Gertie’s book on Amazon yesterday!

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    Liz w

    I am a very excited subscriber! I would love to win as it would push me to start making clothes that suit my shape and personality. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    What a great giveaway!! I follow Gertie’s blog too.. Even though I’m super novice seamstress, I love her style and would love to be able to make dresses like that some day. (Also.. I am subscribed to your newsletter)

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    Paige @ Very Paige

    signed up for your mailing list! You can contact me at the email address used in this comment.

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    Lisa G

    I just subscribed to your newsletter. The book looks awesome – I love vintage dresses! Thanks for doing this! 🙂

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    I am already a subscriber 🙂 The book looks great! I love the dresses in the pictures 🙂

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    Kelly Aubert

    I am a newsletter subscriber already. I love Gertie’s style and have been following her for a long time! I can’t wait to see her new book in person!!

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    Meredith M.

    YES! hello! I am a subscriber and would love to enter!

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    I just subscribed and am really excited about this book! Thanks for the giveaway.

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    Jewell Forrest

    already a ‘mad’ member……..love your posts and helps. TY

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    I’m an email subscriber

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    I just subscribed, very excited about this giveaway

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    I love her style and I’m so excited about the giveaway!!!!! And I’m one of your email subscribers

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    Yvonne madden

    I am a subscriber and really enjoy your blog and seeing your beautiful creations. Please enter me in this giveaway. I don’t own Gerty’s books but love her patterns and lively fabric. Use my email address. Thank you.

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    Miah gruber

    I just subscribed, I rarely check email so I never thought to before! My email would be a good way to contact me (I promise I’ll check it haha). Gertie is a favriote of mine so I would be over the moon if I were to win!

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    Denise Parker

    I just subscribed! I’m new here and the idea of making my own lingerie is intriguing. I’m going to look into it. The dresses in Gertie’s book look fab!

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    New subscriber!. Great giveaway, thank you.

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    Love Gertie! Thank you for this offer, Maddie, I’m a loyal subscriber! : )

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    This is awesome!! I found your blog fairly recently, and I’ve been loving it! I just subscribed to your newsletter, which I’m super excited about. Love this giveaway, since I try to make my own clothes, and always get stuck with anything more complicated than simple skirts.

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    Shiloh G

    I love her methods, loyal subscriber!

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    I’ve been waiting for this book for ages! Subscriber here and been following forever as I work up to sewing my own dedicates!

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    Barbara Smith

    I’m already a subscriber! Please include me in the Gertie fabric and book drawing

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    LoriAnne Gamble

    Already a fan of yours and Gertie. I own her first two books and the third would be a nice addition.

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    Caroline Cook

    I just joined the mailing list. I’m so pumped for this book

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    Jeanne Riggs

    I loved vintage style clothing. My mother still has some of her patterns from those eras. I would love to win this!

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    Alexandra Ragland

    Subscribed! 🙂 love Gertie!

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    Kat dela Rosa

    Just joined the mailing list. I received my copy last night, and it is LOVELY !!!

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    Brenna Cook

    Just subscribed!

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    Rebecca Smith

    I just subscribed to your newsletter. Thanks!

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    What a wonderful looking book! I’m already a subsriber!

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    I’m a subscriber already, but go, Gertie! I can’t wait to check out the new book!

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    Subscriber! This looks like another good book from Gertie, and I still hold out hope that you’ll sew clothing again. In the meantime, I’ll just make do by looking at your beautiful lingerie projects;)

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    Kay Ellen Shores

    I’m already a subscriber.

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    now I subscribed

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    Newsletter subscribed.

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    Boo, hoo – Australia here so not eligible 🙁

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    Subscribed. Thanks for the opportunity.

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    Just signed up for your newsletter. Thanks so much for the opportunity

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    Subscribed! Isn’t the seamstress and tailor community lovely and beautiful?! I absolutely love the support and joy for each other’s art and success. thejenni.girl at gmail dot com

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    Hi Maddie – great initiative to share your fellow sewist’s success! Thank you.

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    Exciting! I just signed up for your newsletter.

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    Amy Mayen

    I have t read any of Gerties books yet, and I’m dying to try her fabric. I’m already a newsletter subscriber:)

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    I am a new subscriber, excited to have found you! This book looks beautiful, thank you for the giveaway.

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    Pam Esparza

    subscribed already, Huge fan of yours and Gertie’s!

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    Stefania Grezzana

    I have t read any of Gertie’s books yet, would love to. I’m already a newsletter subscriber:)

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    This is exciting!! I love skirts and dresses!
    I’m an email subscriber.

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    Subscriber! I love Gertie’s style, I’ve been wanting more of her books for ages!

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    I’m a subscriber, and I’m a huge Gertie fan too! I would love a copy of this book!

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    I just subscribed…and a big fan of Gertie!

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    I am a subscriber to your blog! never made underwear myself, but dream to try one day.

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    Kaylee B.

    I’m already a subscriber to your mailing list, but can be contacted through the email used in this comment! 🙂

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    I live in dresses in the summer. I enjoy your lovely creations with the RSS feed subscription. Thank you for sharing.

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    signed up 🙂

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    I just signed up for your newsletter. I’ve followed your lovely creations on blogloving, now I can look forward to that. And thank you for the opportunity to win Gertie’s book.

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    Amanda Renea

    I’m already a subscriber! Thanks!

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    Tina C.

    I subscribed. Yay!

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    Thank you for the giveaway. I would love to win this book! I just signed up for your newsletter.

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    Leah Anderson

    I am already an email subscriber, this book looks great!

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    Thanks for hosting the giveaway! I just signed up for your newsletter through lindsaynorlen at gmail dot com.

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    Just subscribed to your newsletter! Love Gertie’s patterns

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    Olívia Santos

    This would be a wonderful gift for my sister stitching with much love!

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    Just signed up! I can wait to use this book.

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    Jaclyn Jacquard

    I’ve just subscribed to your newsletter but have been following you for eons on Bloglovin

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    Just subscribed via email.

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    Sarah Jane

    Just subscribed through email! Looking forward to your newsletters arriving in my inbox! 🙂

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    Linda Mundy

    I already subscribe and would love to win Gertie’s book. Thank you for the opportunity.

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    Sara Medlicotts

    Just subscribed, looking forward to the newsletter & thank you for the contest!

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    Claire Ross

    Love the look of this book. I have subscribed and really enjoy reading your blog x

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    Already subscribed. Love your blog!

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    I love Gertie, and wish she blogged more! I’m already subscribed to your newsletter because I like your blog a lot too! What a nice giveaway!

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    Raine Conway

    I just subscribed! Hope to make myself some lovely summer frocks from this book!

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    I just subscribed! Looks like a great book!

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    I’ve subscribed! I loved her last book, I can’t wait to see this one!

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    Carole Whitridge

    just subscribed! found your blog after searching for japanese sewing .

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