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Pattern Tour, D40-4185

Alexandra Reynolds 1940's D40-4185 EvaDress Patterns formal frock Pattern Tour 1947 Dress with Cut-Outs D40-4185

12-piece pattern originally by Butterick, ‘The decorative detail on the bodice of this women’s one-piece dress adds a distinctive note.  Sleeves are in three lengths: short (note the curved lines), below-elbow, or long.  The skirt has soft fullness in front and a three-gore back'.

5/8" seams are given.

See this style featured in Threads Magazine Pattern Review, page 24 of issue #188 (Dec. '16/Jan. '17).

The V-neck and shoulder cut outs follow the heavily emphasized design element of the 1940's to frame the face in the most flattering way.

I am always onboard with using organza to create crisp corners or openings, as Threads testers pointed out for the cut-outs in this design. Against what Threads published in the pattern review, the marking for back neck darts ARE present and useful when easing the back neck facing on.

The reviewer also misread the back of the skirt illustration for there to be a kick pleat which is just silly. The fulness of the front skirt inset is what gives walking ease! Depending on how busy a fabric print may be, I would shy away from using prints so the cut outs show up for all the effort put into finishing them and so they do their aesthetic magic!

The customer you see in photos below has generously translated the instructions for this pattern in French! They are available upon request.


Size set A fits 14-18 (32" to 36" bust, 26" to 30" waist, 35" to 39" hip).

Size set B fits 20-42 (38" to 42" bust, 32" to 36" waist, 41" to 45" hip).

Size set C fits 44-48 (44" to 48" bust, 38" to 42" waist, 47" to 51" hip). 1947 Dress with Cut-Outs D40-4185 1947 Dress with Cut-Outs D40-4185

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