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Sept. 19 - Sept. 23 The Week in Patterning - 40, Pattern Tour #B40-1867

Alexandra Reynolds 1940s B40-1867 EvaDress Patterns How To Pattern Tour The Week in Patterning Storyboard

Sept. 19 - Sept. 23 The Week in Patterning - 40, Pattern Tour #B40-1867

A customer in Texas sent this original in so I could create a size for her, so this style is now also offered from my collection in multiple sizes (with two sizes per sheet). Because I sized it up for her from the original size 20 (with 38" bust), it is now available from size 20/40 (38" to 40" bust) through 46/48 (for 46" &48" bust).  I anticipate taking it down to sizes 12/14 (30" to 32" bust) to include the sizes in between as well as to 52" bust.  I do not yet have a date scheduled for these...

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Sept. 12 - Sept. 16 The Week in Patterning - 39, Pattern Tour #E50-9509

Alexandra Reynolds 1950's E50-9509 EvaDress Patterns How To Pattern Tour The Week in Patterning Storyboard Vintage Patterns

Sept. 12 - Sept. 16 The Week in Patterning - 39, Pattern Tour #E50-9509

This is the second of two new multi-size patterns in honor of my Flirty 50's Pattern Challenge, the 1953 Evening Dress: A small pleat is taken in each side of the center front skirt piece and the pleat is then lapped over each skirt front/skirt side front seam to create the box-pleats.  The same process is done with respect to the skirt back. The front and back gathered drapes are assembled and basted to the stitched bodice; then the top edges are finished off when the lining is stitched along the top edge and turned to the inside.  In the case...

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Sept. 5 - 9, The Week in Patterning - 38

Alexandra Reynolds 1920's coat EvaDress Patterns How To My Personal Dressmaking SE20-5955 The Week in Patterning Storyboard

Sept. 5 - 9, The Week in Patterning - 38

This week's patterning went a little inside out.   I finished the 1929 coat with a habotai lining color I wouldn't normally wear (it's not my red).  Since the weave of the coat fabric is so light and open, I did the lining in this hue to keep the outside appearance of the coat very bright.  Had I used my favorite deep claret, the coat would be much darker overall. The 'inside out' occurs before having dropped this lining in so light is shed on the construction and finishing methods I used.  Take a look: As I posted early on about...

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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

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

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...

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Aug. 1 - 5, The Week in Patterning - 33

Alexandra Reynolds EvaDress Patterns How To My Personal Dressmaking The Week in Patterning Storyboard

Aug. 1 - 5, The Week in Patterning - 33

 Another patterning week 'wrapped up' with this 1944 wrap skirt, now in multi-size from 26" to 42" waist. As I worked this one up, it took me to this time last year I was sewing a Pendleton wool from it for my Arizona Make it with Wool entry.  While I am not competing this year, I felt it appropriate to offer the how-to as I built this skirt in hopes it inspires or helps others with this pattern.  Click the swatch to access the first post: The project wrap up post via this image with all finished results: As well,...

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