Gretchen Hirsch - "Gertie Sews Jiffy Dresses: A Modern Guide to Stitch-and-Wear Vintage Patterns You Can Make in a Day"

Event date: 
Sunday, April 28, 2019 - 4:00pm
Event address: 
Oblong Rhinebeck
6422 Montgomery Street
Rhinebeck, NY 12572


Gretchen HirschFor fans of slow fashion and vintage chic Gretchen "Gertie" Hirsch has just the thing!

In the ’50s and ’60s, Simplicity released their popular line of Jiffy sewing patterns, which had minimal pattern pieces and simple constructions, yet were chic enough for fashion-conscious customers. This approach appeals now more than ever as stylish women are continuously looking for ways to fit their love of sewing into busy lives filled with family, work, school, and countless other obligations.Gertie Sews Jiffy Dresses is Gretchen Hirsch’s modern reinvention of this simple idea, focusing on easily mastered sewing skills, minimal pattern pieces, and fabulous designs. 

Gretchen Hirsch is the author of Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing and creator of Gertie’s New Blog for Better Sewing. She has a pattern line with Butterick and a fabric line with Fabric Traditions, and teaches sewing around the country and on PBS’s It’s Sew Easy,, and Her work has been featured in Sew Stylish, Vogue Patterns, Threads, and Stitch, and on


Oblong Books & Music in Rhinebeck is a fully wheelchair accessible space with on-site van accessible parking. Microphones and speakers will not be used at this event but can be made available with advance notice. If you have specific questions about the space or how an event can be made more accessible to you, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Gertie's Ultimate Dress Book: A Modern Guide to Sewing Fabulous Vintage Styles Cover Image
ISBN: 9781617690754
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harry N. Abrams - March 8th, 2016

Gertie Sews Vintage Casual: A Modern Guide to Sportswear Styles of the 1940s and 1950s Cover Image
ISBN: 9781617690747
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harry N. Abrams - September 16th, 2014

Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing:: A Modern Guide to Couture-Style Sewing Using Basic Vintage Techniques Cover Image
By Gretchen Hirsch, Sun Young Park (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781584799917
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harry N. Abrams - September 2012