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Dress Test

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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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Apr. 3 - Apr. 7 The Week in Patterning - 69, I am a Bias Junkie, Part III!

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Apr. 3 - Apr. 7 The Week in Patterning - 69, I am a Bias Junkie, Part III!

Excuse my absence, been inundated with network issues and a dental procedure, as late.  As I touched on last week, it's often a better garment when cut on the bias versus the straight of grain.  This week, I demonstrate this in my improvement of a Big Four pattern, namely Vogue 8191 (OOP).  I cut the top front on the bias in two pieces, versus the one piece to avoid undesired asymmetry. Many may already know one side of a bias cut garment behaves differently than its opposite side.  Here, the armholes would have draped differently with the bodice cut in...

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Mar. 27 - Mar. 31 The Week in Patterning - 68, I am a Bias Junkie, Part II!

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Mar. 27 - Mar. 31 The Week in Patterning - 68, I am a Bias Junkie, Part II!

Picking up where I left up in 'Bias Junkie Part I', it's often a better garment when cut on the bias.  Take McCall 9906, the 1938 Day or Dinner Dress: The skirt is arranged on the fabric with grain.  It's fabulous already, right?!  Yet, I saw in it an opportunity so many of us dressmakers want - the potential to MAKE our own fabric!  As you may have seen in my blog 6 years ago, I set out to create my own ribbon gown using this pattern as I was inspired by an extant gown I bought in an antique...

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Sept. 5 - 9, The Week in Patterning - 38

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Sept. 5 - 9, The Week in Patterning - 38

This week's patterning went a little inside out.   I finished the 1929 coat with a habotai lining color I wouldn't normally wear (it's not my red).  Since the weave of the coat fabric is so light and open, I did the lining in this hue to keep the outside appearance of the coat very bright.  Had I used my favorite deep claret, the coat would be much darker overall. The 'inside out' occurs before having dropped this lining in so light is shed on the construction and finishing methods I used.  Take a look: As I posted early on about...

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Aug. 1 - 5, The Week in Patterning - 33

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Aug. 1 - 5, The Week in Patterning - 33

 Another patterning week 'wrapped up' with this 1944 wrap skirt, now in multi-size from 26" to 42" waist. As I worked this one up, it took me to this time last year I was sewing a Pendleton wool from it for my Arizona Make it with Wool entry.  While I am not competing this year, I felt it appropriate to offer the how-to as I built this skirt in hopes it inspires or helps others with this pattern.  Click the swatch to access the first post: The project wrap up post via this image with all finished results: As well,...

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