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Pattern Tour D30-5156, 1933 Katharine Hepburn Ensemble

Alexandra Reynolds 1930s bias Capsule wardrobe D30-5156PR EvaDress Patterns hats Howard Greer jacket Katharine Hepburn Kimono My Personal Dressmaking Pattern Tour

Pattern Tour D30-5156, 1933 Katharine Hepburn Ensemble

This 11-piece pattern originally by Butterick is a very scarce pattern for Howard Greer's design for a costume as worn by Miss Hepburn in an R.K.O. Radio Picture', being her first starring role in 'Christopher Strong'.    The ensemble consists of the pleated hat, one-piece dress and jacket with long or short cut-away sleeves and attached scarf that laps over the front to close the jacket with buttons. 3/4" seams are given at underarm (all side) seams and 3/8" seams are given on all other edges. The center back seam of the jacket lay on true bias, so plaid or...

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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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