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Pattern Tour, D40-4185
1940's D40-4185 EvaDress Patterns formal frock Pattern TourAlexandra Reynolds
12-piece pattern originally by Butterick, ‘The decorative detail on the bodice of this women’s one-piece dress adds a distinctive note. Sleeves are in three lengths: short (note the curved lines), below-elbow, or long. The skirt has soft fullness in front and a three-gore back'. 5/8" seams are given. See this style featured in Threads Magazine Pattern Review, page 24 of issue #188 (Dec. '16/Jan. '17). The V-neck and shoulder cut outs follow the heavily emphasized design element of the 1940's to frame the face in the most flattering way. I am always onboard with using organza to create crisp corners or...
Nov. 7 - Nov. 11 The Week in Patterning - 48, Pattern Tour 1946 Dress with Cutouts
1940's cut-outs D40-4185 D40-6659 dress EvaDress Patterns McCall 6659 The Week in Patterning Storyboard Vintage PatternsAlexandra Reynolds
Provided McCall came out with this design (6659 in 1946) first, the pattern in my previous post (below) could have been Butterick's answer to the dress with cut-out details at the shoulder. As in Butterick's design, the McCall has geometric cut outs along the shoulder line but in non-shirred manner which draws attention to the face and this one nicely frames the neck with strappy V-neck appeal! The cut-outs are faced for crisp, sturdy corners: Between the two designs, it may be curious how the draped short sleeve is so similar and the tendency to break up the mass...
Oct. 31 - Nov. 4 The Week in Patterning - 47, Pattern Tour & Review by Threads Magazine
1940's D40-4185 dress EvaDress Patterns The Week in Patterning Storyboard Threads Magazine Vintage PatternsAlexandra Reynolds
This little gem of a 1947 Butterick pattern is featured in Threads Magazine, issue #188 (Dec. '16/Jan. '17) Pattern Review on page 24. So, I am making this post the pattern tour for it! I issued it in my multi-size series last year for 32" to 48" bust: The cut-out details at the front of each shoulder create a flattering, almost sweetheart neckline. The original pattern instructs making these cutouts with narrow hand-rolled hems (illustrated below). I noted in my instructions to face the cut-outs with silk organza, using narrow seam allowances to get stable, crisp openings. There are...