Cart 0

News — 1950's

EvaDress Mood Board Pattern Challenge

Alexandra Reynolds 1860's 1870's 1880's 1910s 1920's 1930's 1940's 1950's Capsule wardrobe EvaDress Pattern Challenge EvaDress Patterns Mood Board

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...

Read more →


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

Alexandra Reynolds 1930s 1940s 1950's Vogue 1950s costume EvaDress Pattern Challenge! EvaDress Patterns evening evening gown gown Threads Magazine

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...

Read more →


EvaDress 'Hollywood is Calling!' Pattern Challenge

Alexandra Reynolds 1860's 1870's 1880's 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960's EvaDress Pattern Challenge EvaDress Patterns

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...

Read more →


An EvaDress 'Advents-Kalendar' of RED! Day 25

Alexandra Reynolds 1950s EvaDress Patterns evening evening gown formal gown Pattern Tour stays Vintage Patterns

An EvaDress 'Advents-Kalendar' of RED! Day 25

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)! Here is the twenty-fifth, not unlike a pretty present all tied up in red! This is a look ahead at what EvaDress Patterns will bring to your future. Per: https://fripperiesandfobs.tumblr.com/post/174421103914/christian-dior-london-cocktail-dress-ca-1958-from Sew the look using our future pattern originally by McCall's in 1955: I chose this pattern to pair with the extant dress for the obi-insinuation via the cummerbund.  Of course, the removable panels are optional and the cummerbund...

Read more →


An EvaDress 'Advents-Kalendar' of RED! Day 19

Alexandra Reynolds 1950s EvaDress Patterns halter My Personal Dressmaking Pattern Tour swimsuit Vintage Patterns

An EvaDress 'Advents-Kalendar' of RED! Day 19

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 nineteenth, if I could only wear a candy cane...1950's cross-front halter dress, per:  https://i.pinimg.com/originals/a5/f5/69/a5f569f2bc539eb11472d3530385a59a.jpg Sew the look using our 1956 Swim or Playsuit & Skirt pattern: 8-piece pattern Originally by McCall's for the one-piece swim or play suit with cross-front halter and bubble shorts with pleated tie-on skirt. I have begun sewing a halter top only from this pattern in cotton/rayon voile with a...

Read more →