Meet Gretchen Hirsch

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Meet Gretchen Hirsch
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Gretchen Hirsch possesses the power (super power, really) of being able to turn anyone with a home sewing machine into a couture dressmaker. With a fresh take on vintage style and academic attention to detail, Gretchen's blog Gertie’s New Blog for Better Sewing opens garment making to a new generation of dressmakers. Her thought-provoking insights range from modern feminism to My Little Pony. Getting to know Gretchen will have you looking at your world and wardrobe in a whole new way.

Sizing Specialist
STC Craft | Melanie Falick Books

Sizing Specialist

Most women have trouble finding clothes that fit and flatter--a challenge that leaves us wearing ill-fitting clothes or wanting to pick up a needle and thread to sew our own. Gretchen shares her theories and philosophies on fashion for all sizes in a free Creativebug mini-feature.

Related: Watch Gretchen's Fashion For All Sizes video here!

Celebrated Author
STC Craft | Melanie Falick Books

Celebrated Author

Gretchen's legion of loyal blog readers danced one big happy swing dance when she published her first book, Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing, with STC Craft | Melanie Falick Books. It contains a whopping 25 retro-inspired garment patterns, dozens of vintage sewing techniques, and sassy asides that nod to her blogging style.

Related: Read more about Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing here!

Thought Provoker
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Thought Provoker

Gretchen never shies away from hot-button topics. It's easy to find a blog writer with a penchant for retro style. But it's a rarity to find one with her technical chops who can discuss the intellectual property rights of clothing designers as well as her favorite My Little Pony, Pinkie Pie. And then actually design and sew a dress inspired by Pinkie Pie.

Related: Read Gretchen's latest news on her blog.

Pattern Maker
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Pattern Maker

If watching Joan on Mad Men has you wanting to slink around in a form-fitting dress, Gretchen's new pattern line with Butterick is for you. Pattern #5814 is a wiggle dress that will lend you Joan’s confident stride.

Related: See all of Gretchen's Butterick patterns.

Loungewear Aficionado
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Loungewear Aficionado

With her silky tap pants, Gretchen applies her retro style to frilly underthings as well. In this workshop, Gretchen walks you through customizing loungewear with feminine lace and pico-edged elastic for the waistband. When you're all done, you'll be looking forward to your next bedtime!

Related: Learn how to make Gretchen's tap pants.

Confidence Booster
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Confidence Booster

A stack of expensive fabric, scissors and a paper pattern can intimidate even the best seamstress. Where do you start? Bias tape neckline? Elastic casings? Take a deep breath. Your new favorite teacher has arrived. Watching and listening to Gretchen work up a stunning peasant dress will give you the confidence you need from the first harrowing snips to the very last stitch.

Related: Build your dress making skills with Gretchen on Creativebug.

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