This pretty summer dress is from “Gertie’s Ultimate Dress Book” by Gretchen Hirsch, the Floral Surplice Dress on starting on page 151.
I love it that Gertie set up her patterns to be mix-n- match. I chose the surplice bodice and the full circle skirt. I paired it with a Gertie designed rayon challis fabric with a lovely soft hand and drape that I got from Joann’s ages ago, when they still carried her fabric line. I am royally miffed they don’t carry her fabrics anymore in the US. I would totally go to Australia just to raid their Spotlight stores for her fabric.
This has been in my UFO (unfinished object) pile since September 2018, when I tested the muslin and cut out the fabric in one of Gertie’s workshops in Beacon NY. It was my second dress in that session and we ran out of time. I was glad to be able to utilize Gertie to get the bodice fit just right. I just thought I would get to it sooner when I got home.
I had to do a full bust adjustment (FBA), pinch out a 1 inch slice in the armscye and do a sway back adjustment to the center back. Gertie just loves her a lapped zipper! I chose to go with an invisible one which is quicker for me.
I’m wearing it here with a petticoat (from Pettiskirt Style, now sadly closed). I think the dress looks nice with or without a petticoat. The crossover bodice does reveal a lot of cleavage, so if that is not your jam, you may have to do some altering to raise the neckline. I’m wearing a vintage Coro enamel necklace and earring set. I love vintage jewelry! It has an aged patina to it that I adore. I’m still searching for the matching bracelet to complete a parure.
My petticoat is not a super floofy one. At the time of this writing, Malco Modes (https://malcomodes.biz) has a very similar one on their website. This would be a match to their “Zooey” line.
I fully lined the bodice and skirt. In the book, Gertie used only facings. I sewed facings right on top of the lining before sewing the front and lining together. That way you just see the fashion fabric and not lining peeking out. The lining is a mish-mash of various lightweight cotton fabrics I had in my stash.
Hello there! Bertie the kitten was wondering what I was doing.
He is such an adorable cutie patootie. He just likes to be wherever I am. Very typical of Ragdolls.
So this UFO is almost 2 years old. Do I win the oldest UFO award? Probably not. I would love to know old your UFOs are?