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Apr. 17 - Apr. 21 The Week in Patterning - 71, Pattern Tour; D30-5156/PR

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; D30-5156/PR

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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Apr. 10 - Apr. 14 The Week in Patterning - 70 Finalist of the EvaDress Patterns Fabulous Forties Challenge!

Alexandra Reynolds 1930s 1940s B40-1624 D40-2798 D40-5087 EvaDress Fabulous Forties Pattern Challenge EvaDress Patterns frock T40-9016 The Week in Patterning Storyboard Vintage Patterns

Apr. 10 - Apr. 14 The Week in Patterning - 70 Finalist of the EvaDress Patterns Fabulous Forties Challenge!

It was tough to evaluate the entries in the EvaDress Patterns Fabulous Forties Challenge because they were, well so fab! Lil from Oz took the finalist spot for her versatile ensemble of the 1945 high-waist trousers and 1945 beach tops! While she said she did not consider herself as a ‘1940s’, Lil sure pulled it off using a lovely combination of linen, wool and flowers! Extra meaningful, the trousers and braces are in lightweight wool from her mother’s cache of fabrics. She re-sized the trousers (currently a single-size pattern) to fit and added fun contrasting pockets. The inside scoop: plain...

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

Alexandra Reynolds 1930s bias E30-7446 EvaDress Patterns evening gown frock My Personal Dressmaking The Week in Patterning Storyboard Vintage Patterns

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!

Alexandra Reynolds 1930s bias EvaDress Patterns evening gown frock My Personal Dressmaking Ribbon gown The Week in Patterning Storyboard Vintage Patterns

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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Mar. 20 - Mar. 24 The Week in Patterning - 67, I am a Bias Junkie, Part I!

Alexandra Reynolds 1930s 1934 D30-1432 E-Patterns EvaDress Patterns Simplicity The Week in Patterning Storyboard Vintage Patterns

Mar. 20 - Mar. 24 The Week in Patterning - 67, I am a Bias Junkie, Part I!

 This 1934 Simplicity tea dress style has what looks like a very slimming, cling-y skirt with geometric insets at each side. The reality is, the skirt is more of a boxy A-line style than what is depicted.  Check out this generic rendering of a 1930's A-line skirt.  I elongated the skirt length to parallel the example here.     Why is it this way?  Sometimes pattern art is more idealized than the actual outcome of the garment made from it.  Here, Simplicity instructs to cut the skirt pieces on the straight of grain as both skirt front and back are...

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