Cart 0

News

Nov. 21 - Nov. 25 The Week in Patterning - 50, Everything is coming up Poppies!!

Alexandra Reynolds 1940's Apron EvaDress Patterns The Week in Patterning Storyboard Vintage Patterns

Nov. 21 - Nov. 25 The Week in Patterning - 50, Everything is coming up Poppies!!

I fashioned an apron from View B of my pattern A40-3250 (originally a 1945 Butterick). I did so thinking that upon entering a vintage apron challenge that we had to actually sew from the apron pattern we were posting (this was not the case).  Understand that I was in the sewing challenge frame of mind at the time just having concluded my EvaDress Pattern Challenge.  Regardless, I have a fabulous apron in fabric I have been drawn to for a few months! As I posted in the challenge: 'Had I been able to source the contrast fabric I wanted for...

Read more →


Nov. 14 - Nov. 18 The Week in Patterning - 49, The Flirty 50's Pattern Challenge Finalist is...

Alexandra Reynolds 1950s Claire McCardell EvaDress Pattern Challenge EvaDress Patterns Sp50-4310 The Week in Patterning Storyboard Vintage Patterns

Nov. 14 - Nov. 18 The Week in Patterning - 49, The Flirty 50's Pattern Challenge Finalist is...

Eszter from Australia!  She put together a fantastic three-piece ensemble from one of my more recent patterns. Guest juror Emily Stringham of Emily's Vintage Visions joined me once again in reviewing submissions for what was the first 1950's EvaDress pattern challenge.   We both admired the texture and color scheme Eszter put to use in her shorts, bra and shirt.  Eszter used a very 50's vintage texture in her waffled cotton shorts and what says vintage 50's like polka dots (the bra)!  As well, she fashioned her tie-at-front kimono shirt in good old fashioned gingham, both prints being in blue...

Read more →


Nov. 7 - Nov. 11 The Week in Patterning - 48, Pattern Tour 1946 Dress with Cutouts

Alexandra Reynolds 1940's cut-outs D40-4185 D40-6659 dress EvaDress Patterns McCall 6659 The Week in Patterning Storyboard Vintage Patterns

Nov. 7 - Nov. 11 The Week in Patterning - 48, Pattern Tour 1946 Dress with Cutouts

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...

Read more →


Oct. 31 - Nov. 4 The Week in Patterning - 47, Pattern Tour & Review by Threads Magazine

Alexandra Reynolds 1940's D40-4185 dress EvaDress Patterns The Week in Patterning Storyboard Threads Magazine Vintage Patterns

Oct. 31 - Nov. 4 The Week in Patterning - 47, Pattern Tour & Review by Threads Magazine

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...

Read more →


Oct. 24 - Oct. 28 The Week in Patterning - 45, Re-sizing Patterns

Alexandra Reynolds 1940's D40-359 dress EvaDress Patterns re-sizing The Week in Patterning Storyboard Vintage Patterns Vogue

Oct. 24 - Oct. 28 The Week in Patterning - 45, Re-sizing Patterns

People ask about re-sizing patterns, so I thought I'd give a little about that here. The general rule I give in some of the patterns I offer is as follows (this example shows a 1947 Vogue Dress): To grade a pattern 'With a long straight edge, draw vertical lines down the length of each piece as shown in the accompanying illustration.  Make sure each line is drawn to coordinate with the placement of the lines you draw on each adjacent pattern piece (click images below for larger view).   Cut along these lines.  Then, take the total difference between the...

Read more →