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Alexandra Reynolds

Emily at Pretty and the Kitsch was so kind to host an interview featuring my patterns.  Check it out!  

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Apr. 17 - Apr. 21 The Week in Patterning - 72, Pattern Tour; E20-5941

Alexandra Reynolds 1920's 1929 E20-5941 evening formal frock gown Pattern Tour The Week in Patterning Storyboard

Apr. 17 - Apr. 21 The Week in Patterning - 72, Pattern Tour; E20-5941

Think of the ever popular 1929 Evening Gown with Handkerchief Hem as origami in dressmaking. When sewing this design together, you will 'flip' the Lower Back and Side piece after joining it with the Front piece at notch '4'.  This ensures the piece will fold and drape to create sharp points in the hem as well as bring notch '6' in the upper edge of the Lower Back and Side piece to align with that on the Girdle.  Hopefully this paper mock-up demonstrates the point (pun intended):   Here is a creative twist put on this design as sewn by a...

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Apr. 17 - Apr. 21 The Week in Patterning - 71, Pattern Tour; D30-5156PR

Alexandra Reynolds 1930s D30-5156PR EvaDress Patterns frock Howard Greer jacket Katharine Hepburn RKO Picture show The Week in Patterning Storyboard

Apr. 17 - Apr. 21 The Week in Patterning - 71, Pattern Tour; D30-5156PR

This week’s pattern tour covers the Katharine Hepburn Ensemble pattern. It was 10 years ago I wrote the six-page article, ‘Working with Vintage Patterns’ for Threads Magazine focusing on this scarce pattern. It’s commemorative. So here is… Howard Greer designed the dress, jacket and hat ensemble Katharine Hepburn wore in her first starring role in RKO’s ‘Christopher Strong’ (1933). The costuming a great filmic narrative; in this case, she wears the kimono jacket with cut-away shoulders at the time she is really opening up with her love for Christopher. The dress underneath is a simple A-line yet touched with sophistication...

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Apr. 10 - Apr. 14 The Week in Patterning - 70 Finalist of the EvaDress Patterns Fabulous Forties Challenge!

Alexandra Reynolds 1930s 1940s B40-1624 D40-2798 D40-5087 EvaDress Fabulous Forties Pattern Challenge EvaDress Patterns frock T40-9016 The Week in Patterning Storyboard Vintage Patterns

Apr. 10 - Apr. 14 The Week in Patterning - 70 Finalist of the EvaDress Patterns Fabulous Forties Challenge!

It was tough to evaluate the entries in the EvaDress Patterns Fabulous Forties Challenge because they were, well so fab! Lil from Oz took the finalist spot for her versatile ensemble of the 1945 high-waist trousers and 1945 beach tops! While she said she did not consider herself as a ‘1940s’, Lil sure pulled it off using a lovely combination of linen, wool and flowers! Extra meaningful, the trousers and braces are in lightweight wool from her mother’s cache of fabrics. She re-sized the trousers (currently a single-size pattern) to fit and added fun contrasting pockets. The inside scoop: plain...

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Apr. 3 - Apr. 7 The Week in Patterning - 69, I am a Bias Junkie, Part III!

Alexandra Reynolds 1930s bias E30-7446 EvaDress Patterns evening gown frock My Personal Dressmaking The Week in Patterning Storyboard Vintage Patterns

Apr. 3 - Apr. 7 The Week in Patterning - 69, I am a Bias Junkie, Part III!

Excuse my absence, been inundated with network issues and a dental procedure, as late.  As I touched on last week, it's often a better garment when cut on the bias versus the straight of grain.  This week, I demonstrate this in my improvement of a Big Four pattern, namely Vogue 8191 (OOP).  I cut the top front on the bias in two pieces, versus the one piece to avoid undesired asymmetry. Many may already know one side of a bias cut garment behaves differently than its opposite side.  Here, the armholes would have draped differently with the bodice cut in...

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