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EvaDress 1930's Pattern Challenge!

Alexandra Reynolds 1930s EvaDress Pattern Challenge! EvaDress Patterns

Examples made from 1930's EvaDress Patterns
The 1930's is a fashion decade of great variety and significant firsts. In particular, women's wardrobe choices seemed limitless from new-fangled suits and sportswear to décolletage evening gowns. The 'official' street trouser and the natural waistline as we now know them were first established. 

This is a sewing pattern challenge to create men’s or women’s garments from 1930’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 January 1, 2018 although a muslin for fitting may be created any time before the challenge kick-off date. No purchase necessary to enter, so 1930's EvaDress patterns from stash are fair game! The closing date to submit projects is 11:59p.m. EST on March 10, 2018. 

The better the garment is fit, the higher consideration for placing as a finalist.

Depending on the number of entries, a few finalists will be selected based on quality of construction (construction detail shots are a must), accuracy to the challenge guidelines and overall design with projects remaining devout to the original pattern style lines. 
One top finalist will receive a $150 non-expiring gift certificate good toward total purchase (with tax and/or shipping) at EvaDress Patterns. 
Emily Stringham of Emily's Vintage Visions will join the challenge as a guest juror! 

Projects submitted to other challenges are welcome, provided they are made with EvaDress Patterns and otherwise fit into the challenge parameters and time frame stated here. 
The top finalist will be notified on the event wall by 11:59p.m., March 13, 2018.

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 (including print) for EvaDress. 

Once you are a part of this group, you can enter by posting your main photo on this 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 what you consider so fabulous about 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 here or on my Facebook EvaDress Patterns wall
This challenge is void where prohibited.

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  • Eva Dress on


    I draft line-for-line reproductions of vintage patterns to bring you the collection I offer!

  • Ingrid Holmes on

    I have just discovered your web site. I am excited but leary of the patterns at the waistline. I do hope the illustration is just how we’re drawn. My late grandmother had a style of a dress that has a shirt bodice with straight bottom. Also are the patterns vintage or do you redraft the garment

  • Alexandra Reynolds on

    Hello Catherine and thank you for your questions here!
    You are certainly welcome to add the kinds of structure and linings you desire as you sew with vintage patterns. That is not considered a major change in the original line of the designs. We are looking for well-fitting and well-constructed garments here. It goes without saying you need to use facings and inter-facings. :)


    Hi—I just received my pattern and am extremely excited about making this 1930s outfit (1935 German Street Frock & Coat – D306330). I have never done this before and I have a few questions that I hope you don’t mind answering.
    1. Since I hope to actually wear these garments, can I not also construct them with a few modern differences from 1930s era. For example, if the dress fabric I love and buy really needs a lining and/or underlinging, may I add this adjustment?
    2. Facings aren’t indicated as being interfaced, but really ought to be, so may that be an adjustment?

    I want to keep the dress and coat as authentic as possible, but don’t want to cheat. Yet I’m picky about construction, esp. when using expensive wool and velvet, and would like to know if I can line and interface as needed.
    Thank you so much! This is going to be a lot of fun and I can’t wait to get started on 1/1/18!
    Catherine Boss

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