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Win the Latest EvaDress Pattern!

Alexandra Reynolds 1950's EvaDress Patterns

Win the Latest EvaDress Pattern!

The newest EvaDress pattern is the 1952 Evening gown originally by Vogue.  I offer this pattern in honor of Mildred 'Millie', my love's grandmother who gave me this pattern! Now in 32" to 46" bust, the 'Long, slim skirt has flounces across back and either side of front joins the bodice at waistline.  With or without bias shoulder drapery, which falls loose below knot at center back.  Dress may be entirely over-layed with lace'. You can win this pattern (also with free shipping anywhere in the world) if you place the 52nd order on EvaDress.com from today (December 8, 2018)!  ...

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Upcoming EvaDress Pattern Challenge: 'Choose Your Decade'! 

Alexandra Reynolds EvaDress Pattern Challenge! EvaDress Patterns ribbon Ribbon gown

Upcoming EvaDress Pattern Challenge: 'Choose Your Decade'! 

This is a sewing pattern challenge to create men’s or women’s garments from any EvaDress pattern. You choose the decade you want to sew! Accessories (hats, bags, etc.) are not counted as an individual project, but may accompany garments in a submission. Projects may not be started earlier than 12:01 a.m. EST on September 15, 2018 although a muslin for fitting may be created any time before the challenge kick-off date. No purchase necessary to enter, so EvaDress patterns from stash are fair game! The closing date to submit projects is 11:59p.m. EST on November 15, 2018.  To enter submissions, join...

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Dress Test

Alexandra Reynolds 1930's bias coat dress EvaDress Patterns frock jacket My Personal Dressmaking ribbon

Dress Test

I've been away from blogging for some time now, yet the pattern planning and implementation has been going full-steam! For a little background,the year's first multi-size pattern issued was the 1934 Evening Gown with optional Sash Train for sizes 30" to 46" bust.  This was one of the first original 1930's patterns I ever bought back in fall of 2001! For Spring, I finished the 1948 Originator Peplum Dress for sizes 32" to 46" bust.  The ruffles may be finished with lace, or left plain-edged.  This pattern was generously made available by a customer in St. Louis!   I have...

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EvaDress 1930's Pattern Challenge!

Alexandra Reynolds 1930s EvaDress Pattern Challenge! EvaDress Patterns

EvaDress 1930's Pattern Challenge!

The 1930's is a fashion decade of great variety and significant firsts. In particular, women's wardrobe choices seemed limitless from new-fangled suits and sportswear to décolletage evening gowns. The 'official' street trouser and the natural waistline as we now know them were first established. This is a sewing pattern challenge to create men’s or women’s garments from 1930’s EvaDress patterns. Accessories (hats, bags, etc.) are not counted as an individual project, but may accompany garments in a submission. Participants may each enter more than one project for this challenge.Projects may not be started earlier than 12:01 a.m. EST on January 1,...

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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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