Saturday, March 28, 2015

EvaDress Patterns Challenge: 40's Fling!

This is a sewing pattern challenge to create men’s or women’s garments from 1940’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 April 16, 2015 although muslins for fitting may be created any time before April 16. No purchase necessary to enter, so 1940's EvaDress patterns from stash are fair game! The closing date to submit projects for this challenge is 11:59p.m. EST on June 1, 2015.
The more complicated the project-an intricately embellished gown, or ensembles over individual garments, the higher the consideration for placing as a finalist. Everyone who enters and COMPETELY finishes a project will receive a $10 non-expiring gift certificate to EvaDress.com.
One top finalist will additionally receive a $100 non-expiring gift certificate to EvaDress.com.
Depending on the number of entries, five 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.
I have the honor of Lauren Maringola from Wearing History Clothing  judging from the top five and she will select a top finalist.
Projects submitted to other challenges are certainly welcome, provided they fit into the 40’s Fling parameters stated here.
The top finalist will be notified on the event wall by 11:59p.m., June 2, 2015.
NOTE: By entering this challenge you agree that your submission photos/descriptions may be used in the gallery on the EvaDress web site as promotional material for EvaDress.
To enter, go here (https://www.facebook.com/events/804777156238289/) and post high quality images (longest edge of photo to be 11”, photo to be at 150dpi) to include front, back, side views and construction/design details. Post the main photo to the page and subsequent project photos in the comments section under the main photo. Be sure to write why was this project meaningful to you to submit? Also indicate which pattern was used.

Feel free to e-mail me with questions. Questions may also be posted on my Facebook (EvaDress) wall or posted by commenting on this blog post.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Unique Original Vintage Patterns

I just added a handful of some rather significant original patterns in that they are just plain hard to find.
Take a look here and enjoy!

1945 Lounging Pagamas (the long sleeve portion is missing, but the short sleeve piece is included.  I am happy to furnish a drafted replacement of the full sleeve):

1943 Playsuit and Skirt:

1934 Horizontally Tucked Blouse by Vogue:

1930's Evening Gown and Bolero:

Saturday, February 14, 2015

A Valentine's From EvaDress!

The highly anticipated Side-Tie Dress is here in 32 to 46 bust!
Originally by McCall's, the side-tie dress in long evening or shorter day length features the left side drape over the front skirt.  For evening, it is worn strapless with a boned bodice.  Straps are included and the bodice is not boned for the day style.


I have made both styles available in one package for each multi-size set, or the shorter day length dress may be had separately here:

Sunday, January 25, 2015

A Few Pattern Revisions, re: Size sets

I have started work breaking some multi-size patterns into sets A and B to follow with the overall multi-size line trend. While these are now available in separate sheets for each eet, be sure to check each style for the exact range of measurements included in each set:












Saturday, December 27, 2014

A40-4599, The 1940's One-Yard Apron, my new kitchen love!

A little show-and-tell here as I wrapped up my apron in time for Holiday cooking. This apron was originally from a mail-order pattern and is cut from one yard of 44"/45" fabric, meaning the fabric lay on the bias across the apron (and that any fabric print you are using, will appear upside-down at the top back of the apron). For it, I chose a quilting print of vintage kitchen items and vignettes. The edges of the apron are all bound with contrasting bias fold tape. I only placed one pocket matching it upon the print (at lower left on apron, with top edge bound in red). I used vintage black plastic buttons, but I placed them using cream thread to maintain the overall graphic quality of the apron.



On the Boards for Winter, 2015. Off to another great pattern year!

The Pictorial Review evening gown with diagonal seams is now ready in multiple sizes, bust 32-1/2" to 46-1/2". Note the half-size nature in sizes implies what we now refer to as petite. Before ordering, please pay attention to the fact that the dress back length is much shorter than for regular sizes and you will have to invest work in lengthening the pattern to suit you:


Following in early spring is McCall's 4425, the side-tie dress for day or evening:

If you are on Pinterest, you can see what I have proposed for the boards all this year. There are a couple tentative projects, but I will announce updates each quarter as to coming patterns.

If you have been tuning in to my Make it with Wool project, this year, I added a small addendum to the final post as I had forgotten to include details of the coat back lacing detail:

Friday, November 28, 2014

Make it with Wool 2014, Last Segment and an Amendment

Aside from making the coat collar removable, the only change I made was to the back of the coat.  I laid a pleat on each side of the center back in order to add boning so I could create a lacing detail for back interest.  First, I fused a strip of cotton interfacing inside the line (shown in long, purple tailor tacks) where the pleat was to be folded. (click images for larger views):


I stitched a cotton boning channel along the inside edge of the interfacing into which I inserted 1/2" spiral steel (shown on top of the channel):

Shows the sleeve stiffeners I created using coarse silk net over cotton buckram:

As applied to the seam allowance at the shoulder:


Placing the ice blue silk lining and catch-stitching it over the front coat facing, note pins in place to catch-stitch the sleeve lining in place:

The finished coat with removable collar in (before removing basting stitches):

The finished coat back with lacing detail (how-to is posted below):

Creating lacing channels by stitching the ends of 1" silk double-side satin ribbon together, then turning and pressing:
Placing each channel along the inside of each pleat on either side of the coat center back:
Hand-tacking the channel at intervals between which ribbon will be laced: