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Aug. 22 - Aug. 26, The Week in Patterning - 36 Pattern Tour #SE50-4310

Alexandra Reynolds 1950's EvaDress Pattern Challenge! EvaDress Patterns How To Pattern Tour Sp50-4310 The Week in Patterning Storyboard

I issued two new multi-size patterns in honor of my Flirty 50's Pattern Challenge.  

So, this is a great time to introduce my 'Pattern Tour'.  A new blog department in which I will highlight each pattern by delving into its delicious details and any heads-up or pointers when sewing it up! 

First pattern is the 1953 Shorts, Bra, Skirt & Shirt.

First, I have this pattern available with all four pieces, in three pieces (bra, shorts & shirt) or for the shirt only (these options are on the ordering page).

The shirt is cut kimono style as the sleeves are in one with the front and back.  When making the short sleeve version, there are perforations running in from the seam line for stitching the underarm.  The rest of the fabric is trimmed away to rid the dolman fullness otherwise given for the three-quarter length sleeves (A).

 I consider this pattern convertible for the shorts may also be cut as a two-piece bathing suit bottom.  While the shorts are form-fitting, the pattern includes a casing strip into which drawstrings may be inserted to shir the shorts very close at the bottom (B).  Voilà, a bikini you have in this all-inclusive ensemble!

This pattern comes with more updated information as to reinforcing the underarm seam of the kimono shirt.  Much as we would today, a 1" bias strip is sewn along the seam edges at the underarm curve.  This is a treatment I observed in the latest edition of Claire Shaeffer's Couture Sewing Techniques.  (Right detail, per The Vogue Sewing Book, Vogue Patterns.)  

When sewing the notched collar in my muslin phase, I found a great deal of ease in the collar piece.  Even though the shirt front and back are to be stretched to take up the ease, it was still more than I am used to yet it works out! 

The full circle skirt has a concealed pocket at each side seam.



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  • vintagejoan on

    Hi Alexandra, This is a lovely pattern, I may be tempted next spring or summer. So nice to read about details and have sewing advice given.

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