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Fitting 40's Submissions re-cap

Alexandra Reynolds

Fitting 40's Submissions re-cap

You saw that the finalist in this challenge sewed her suit around a few 'found objects' such as her grandmother's buttons, shoes and a hat.  Well, another submission was also based on meaningful found objects. Selene put emphasis on a no-longer-functioning enamel buckle by making it into a center piece in the front of her gown, nearly as a dress clip!  She used vintage glass buttons to close the gown.   She was also otherwise successful in creating a dramatic (yet historical) effect in using the right and wrong side of the fashion fabric for contrast!  She chose the color...

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The EvaDress Fitting 40's Pattern Challenge Finalist!

Alexandra Reynolds EvaDress Patterns

The EvaDress Fitting 40's Pattern Challenge Finalist!

We had some stellar submissions for this challenge and it was Nicole's 1949 Butterick Suit Dress that took the finalist spot! She conveyed how meaningful this project is to her by telling us about using her favorite buttons from her grandmother which she waited YEARS to do! Nicole also added that she stitched hair canvas into the pockets and fronts of the jacket-a step the original instructions did not necessarily advise.  That was a good move as you can see in her pocket detail photo! Her hat and shoes are vintage accessories she already owned and yet, she found this...

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May 30 - June 3, The Week in Patterning - 24

Alexandra Reynolds EvaDress Patterns The Week in Patterning Storyboard Vintage Patterns

May 30 - June 3, The Week in Patterning - 24

I presented a trunk show to the Prescott American Sewing Guild yesterday with great success!  I took the group through my process of creating single and multi-size patterns from vintage originals and had plenty of garments to show and tell. I have a .pdf version of my presentation available here for you to enjoy.  It is a condensed and slightly edited version as the ASG paid me to do this for them. More patterning progress to share in next week's storyboard!

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May 23 - May 27, The Week in Patterning - 23

Alexandra Reynolds EvaDress Patterns How To My Personal Dressmaking The Week in Patterning Storyboard

May 23 - May 27, The Week in Patterning - 23

A little flashback to a digital file for the back of the blouse in my next multi-size pattern, the two-piece dress.  It shows basic values I set up when creating a range from the original size of the pattern, here 32" bust:     I mentioned last week the trunk show I will put on for our local American Sewing Guild chapter June 4.  I plan to make the presentation available online after the session.  The digital version will slightly vary from the live demonstration, but should prove informative for those who could not physically attend. I am working away on the...

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May 16 - May 20, The week in Patterning - 22

Alexandra Reynolds EvaDress Patterns My Personal Dressmaking The Week in Patterning Storyboard

May 16 - May 20, The week in Patterning - 22

The 1869 bustle dress project came to a close with the completed ensemble as I wore it to our volunteer group 'Pick-Nick' to honor the 100th birthday of our Fort Whipple.   On the boards now, I prepare for a trunk show I will put on for our local American Sewing Guild chapter June 4.  I will demonstrate my pattern line in a very 'making-ness' sense.  I will highlight a technical construction aspect to each design I present in finished garments from the patterns. A sneak peek at my Power Point presentation:  

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