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1940's EvaDress Pattern Challenge!

Win a $150 certificate to by entering the EvaDress 1940's Pattern Challenge!

This is a sewing pattern challenge to create men’s or women’s garments from 1940’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 March 1, 2019 although a muslin for fitting may be created any time before the challenge kick-off date. No purchase necessary to enter, so 1940's EvaDress patterns from stash are fair game! The closing date to submit projects for this challenge is 11:59p.m. EST on May 1, 2019. 

The more complicated the project, the higher consideration for placing as a finalist.

1943 Kimono Wrap Dress

Charity Armstead is a guest-juror on this challenge.  She is Assistant Professor, Fashion Merchandising Program Director at Brenau University who studied Historic/Cultural Dress & Textiles at the University of Georgia.  For her Doctorate, she presented her dissertation, “Presenting a Retro Appearance Through Sewing for Oneself”.

Depending on the number of entries, a few finalists will be selected based on good fit, overall design with projects remaining devout to the original pattern style lines and quality of construction (construction detail shots are a must)!  Show us the nitty-gritty behind your work with in-progress shots as you bind your scalloped edges, create your bound button holes and the like!  
One top finalist will receive a $150 non-expiring gift certificate good toward total purchase (with tax and/or shipping) at EvaDress Patterns.

1945 Two-Piece Lounging Ensemble

Projects submitted to other challenges are welcome, provided they fit into the challenge parameters and time frame stated here.  
Log on to and I encourage you to join my challenge group on FaceBook in order to submit your project for consideration.  The top finalist will be notified on the event wall by 11:59p.m., May 5, 2019. 

Those who are subscribed on the EvaDress e-mail update list, and anyone who completes an entry in the challenge will automatically be entered into a drawing to win the next new multi-size pattern in a give-away, the 1956 Mermaid Evening Gown, originally by McCall's!  You also earn an automatic entry into the drawing upon purchasing a pattern to create an entry in the challenge.

See entries from a previous 40's Challenge here!

NOTE: By entering this challenge you agree that your submission photos/descriptions may be used in the gallery on the EvaDress web site or elsewhere as promotional material for EvaDress.

Once you are a part of the group, you can enter here and post your main photo on the page. Add subsequent high quality project photos (longest edge of photo to be 11” and at least 150dpi) including front, back, side views and construction/design details in the comments section under your main photo. Be sure to write what pattern you used and tell us why you chose the design! If you do not use Facebook, I am happy to post your submission via your e-mail containing photos and description as outlined above.

Feel free to e-mail me with questions. Questions may also be posted on my Facebook (EvaDress Patterns) wall or posted by commenting on my blogspot.
This challenge is void where prohibited.