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Pattern Tour, D30-764 1930s Dress with Bolero

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Pattern Tour, D30-764 1930s Dress with Bolero

  10-piece digitally-drafted pattern originally by New York, 'Waist with low neck front and back is marked for V-neck also, short sleeves. Attached five-piece gored skirt. Bolero with tie collar and short sleeves which may be omitted'.   This style would also make a stunning dress in shorter length! RECOMMENDED FABRICS: Alpaca, challis, matelasse, cottons, metallic, net, lamé, printed crepes. 3/8” seams are given. Sizes: Size set A fitting 14-20 (32" to 38" bust, 26" to 32" waist, 35" to 41" hip). Size set B fitting 40-46 (40" to 46" bust, 34" to 40" waist, 43" to 49" hip).   I created...

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Pattern Tour, B50-4320

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Pattern Tour, B50-4320

  10-piece pattern originally by Simplicity, 'The fitted strapless bodice in View 1 is styled with a wide sash joined to the bodice at side seams, wraps  around waistline and ties in front.  View 2 may be worn with or without straps.  View 3 is a halter.  All views have a zipper side closing and side seams are open 2" from lower edge'. 5/8" seams are given. Sizes: Size set A fits 14-20 (32" to 38" bust, 26" to 32" waist, 35" to 41" hip). Size set B fits 40-46 (40" to 46" bust, 34" to 40" waist, 43" to 49"...

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The latest 'La Petite Mode EvaDress' Installment!

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The latest 'La Petite Mode EvaDress' Installment!

'La Petite Mode EvaDress' continues with the multi-size range progress I've made on the 1930's Evening Gown and Bolero pattern: I am working this one up in a range of sizes to fit 32" to 46" bust. Here is the petite model in the sleeveless gown with low V-back version. I created it in silk satin organza with a little horsehair in the hem to demonstrate the fullness of the skirt. I also added silk organza rose buds, as a loose inspiration from Lanvin's 1937 gown!  I plan to unveil my 'dream creation' from this pattern when I have the multi-size...

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Pattern Tour, D30-9906

Alexandra Reynolds 1930s dress EvaDress Patterns evening evening gown formal frock gown My Personal Dressmaking Pattern Tour

Pattern Tour, D30-9906

8-piece pattern originally by McCall, the dinner dress may be cut in longer or shorter length (as a cocktail dress or or day wear). Long fitted, short cap or short, shaped sleeves may be used.This, as do many of my patterns comes with fully illustrated instructions for construction and finishing. 3/8" seams are allowed. Read my post about the ribbon gown I made from this pattern on Threads Magazine! Also, as printed in Threads Magazine Reader's Closet in the August/September 2013 issue. Now in more Sizes: Size set A fits 14-20 (32" to 38" bust, 26" to 32" waist, 35" to 41" hip)....

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Pattern Tour D30-5156, 1933 Katharine Hepburn Ensemble

Alexandra Reynolds 1930s bias Capsule wardrobe D30-5156PR EvaDress Patterns hats Howard Greer jacket Katharine Hepburn Kimono My Personal Dressmaking Pattern Tour

Pattern Tour D30-5156, 1933 Katharine Hepburn Ensemble

This 11-piece pattern originally by Butterick is a very scarce pattern for Howard Greer's design for a costume as worn by Miss Hepburn in an R.K.O. Radio Picture', being her first starring role in 'Christopher Strong'.    The ensemble consists of the pleated hat, one-piece dress and jacket with long or short cut-away sleeves and attached scarf that laps over the front to close the jacket with buttons. 3/4" seams are given at underarm (all side) seams and 3/8" seams are given on all other edges. The center back seam of the jacket lay on true bias, so plaid or...

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