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EvaDress Mood Board Pattern Challenge Finalist!

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EvaDress Mood Board Pattern Challenge Finalist!

Announcing the top finalist in the EvaDress Mood Board Pattern Challenge, Rali Burleson!Rali blew us away with the amount of research and attention to detail with her vintage sewing skills and authentic vintage materials!Of her entry, she wrote:'Dear Alexandra,Thank you for sponsoring this challenge. In a year with few other diversions, I am thankful to have the anticipation of preparing for the challenge by researching World War II (WW II) events and fashions to go along with my chosen pattern (EvaDress Pattern D40-4662 “1943 Dress”). I chose a WW II theme (with emphasis on the United States Army Air Forces)...

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EvaDress Mood Board Pattern Challenge

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EvaDress Mood Board Pattern Challenge

Mood boards are so inspiring when it comes to 'conspiring' sewing plans! They may evolve and change as one’s work continues. This is a board I started the summer of ’19 which I recently updated. I originally worked off a palette of reds, black and white of a Japanese sensibility. This last spring, I began to expand the color palette while still hanging on to the Japanese thread for instance, the colorful feed-sack style fabric Japanese print dress (top left). I have drawn connections to projects I have since completed with a shot of a project in progress (the red...

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Finalist of the EvaDress Patterns 'Hollywood is Calling' Challenge!

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Finalist of the EvaDress Patterns 'Hollywood is Calling' Challenge!

Congratulations to Heide for her entry as the finalist in the EvaDress 'Hollywood is Calling' Pattern Challenge! Her pink tulle dress is an amazing piece she created inspired by Doris Day in the 1953 production of 'Lullaby of Broadway'! As her sister posted on her behalf: 'Heide used the E50-9509 1953 Evening Gown Pattern. Three colors of tulle and handmade flowers. Heide took vintage couture inspiration and added a boned corselette.' Heide hit the challenge nail on the head AND out of the ball park with her couture techniques such as her boned corselette with waist line ribbon stay and...

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EvaDress 'Hollywood is Calling!' Pattern Challenge

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EvaDress 'Hollywood is Calling!' Pattern Challenge

As explored by Brian Centrone in his article ‘Starstruck Sewing’ for Threads Magazine (current issue #208, April/May 2020): During the Great Depression, commercial pattern makers marketed designs inspired by the attire stars wore and line-for-line copies of clothing designs right from the silver screen. This is a sewing pattern challenge to use any EvaDress pattern(s) to create your favorite men’s or women’s garment(s) that are line-for-line copies of costuming, as seen in film or garments inspired by a film costuming piece or a piece worn by an actor/actress off-screen through 1959. Accessories (hats, bags, etc.) are not counted as an...

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An EvaDress 'Advents-Kalendar' of RED! Day 20

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An EvaDress 'Advents-Kalendar' of RED! Day 20

In a sort of Advents-Kalendar way, I will post 'red' for each day of December through Christmas and link the image as closely as possible to EvaDress Patterns (in pattern tour form) available in the shop! Here is the twentieth, 1940's Western Shirt, per: https://www.etsy.com/listing/234679611/sale-vintage-1940s-western-shirt-40s-50s?show_sold_out_detail=1  Sew the look using our 1949 Western Shirt pattern, now in multiple sizes: Originally by Simplicity, this 9-piece pattern is for 'The front-buttoning shirt with a shaped shoulder yoke in front and back, convertible collar and front band.  The long sleeves, fastened with three buttons at the lower edge, have high shaped cuffs.  In Style I,...

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