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An EvaDress 'Advents-Kalendar' of RED! Day 13

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An EvaDress 'Advents-Kalendar' of RED! Day 13

In a sort of Advents-Kalendar way, I will post 'red' for each day of December through Christmas and link the image as closely as possible to EvaDress Patterns (in pattern tour form)! Here is the thirteenth, 1880's Dress with jet beaded polonaise, photo per: https://i.pinimg.com/originals/a3/96/fb/a396fb18b0331481a85d83cd8bb13df1.jpg Sew the look using our 1885 Grenadine Mantle pattern: Originally by Haper's Bazaar, this wrap was made in Grenadine with velvet 'figures' or motifs in its weave. Today, a gauze or very fine jacquard may be used instead. I likened this pattern to the extant example for the Grenadine mantle sleeve embellishment of jet beads on...

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An EvaDress 'Advents-Kalendar' of RED! Day 6

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An EvaDress 'Advents-Kalendar' of RED! Day 6

In a sort of Advents-Kalendar way, I will post 'red' for each day of December through Christmas and link the image as closely as possible to EvaDress Patterns (in pattern tour form)! Here is the sixth, A rather raspberry-filled-looking confection, as it were.... Image per: http://rubylane.com/ Sew the look using our 1885 Pelerine Mantle pattern: Originally from Harper's Bazaar, this simple three-piece Mantle pattern can be lengthened to fashion it similarly to the extant example at top.  Making it in a luxe fabric such as velvet or brocade with a fancy trim would warrant it a supreme evening wrap!

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An EvaDress 'Advents-Kalendar' of RED! Day 1

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An EvaDress 'Advents-Kalendar' of RED!  Day 1

In a sort of Advents-Kalendar way, I will post 'red' for each day of December through Christmas and link the image as closely as possible to EvaDress Patterns (in pattern tour form) available in the shop! Here is the first, all tied up like a present: 1897 Afternoon Dress Detail Image per: http://fripperiesandfobs.tumblr.com/2009 copyright Suzanne Hansen: Sew a similar look with the closest I have in patterns to this splendor is the Harper's 1885 Morning Dress:  Better these days for advanced sewing skills to take on this dress, as pieces are given for the 'bodice' and vest only since it was thought...

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Dress Test

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Dress Test

I've been away from blogging for some time now, yet the pattern planning and implementation has been going full-steam! For a little background,the year's first multi-size pattern issued was the 1934 Evening Gown with optional Sash Train for sizes 30" to 46" bust.  This was one of the first original 1930's patterns I ever bought back in fall of 2001! For Spring, I finished the 1948 Originator Peplum Dress for sizes 32" to 46" bust.  The ruffles may be finished with lace, or left plain-edged.  This pattern was generously made available by a customer in St. Louis!   I have...

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

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

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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