Saturday, July 26, 2014

Latest in Multi-Size Patterns!

Now in sizes 12 to 46, the 1933 Lounging Ensemble originally by Simplicity:
A really unusual pattern for the wide leg pajama trousers and apron which attaches via buttonhole to the blouse.  The blouse has two sleeve variations in short puff or shirred styles.  The ensemble also features the non-closing jacket with bell sleeve.


Also in multi-size patterns, the 1944 Suit Dress and Scarf by Vogue.  It is currently available in sizes 18 through 46 since this the last of the custom grades I did for this year.  I will add sizes 14 and 16 per demand:
The 1939 Dressing Gown by Advance:
The last of a small series of 1860's patterns, the 1862 Veste Figaro, a Spanish style jacket and waistcoat:

A customer brought to my attention a couple of errors I managed to make in the 1956 Swim or Playsuit pattern.  I gave too much length in the bodice back piece which is noticeable at the side seam.  Additionally, the buttonhole marking was incorrectly placed on the back neck band.  The right side of the buttonhole line is to end at the center back line indicated.  I have re-drafted each of these pieces and fine-tuned the back stay piece to align properly, so please let me know via e-mail if you need me to send the revised pieces to you at no charge, of course.
Also remember that the original skirt came in one size to fit 14 through 20 (aside from the skirt length for size 12) so, I left the skirt as such although because I added sizes 40 and 42 to the range, there will be up to an 11" opening between the front edges of the skirt under the waistband ties.  I recommend adding an additional pleat in the skirt or re-doing the pleats proportionally to accommodate your selected size in order that the two front skirt edges nearly meet, as shown in the original pattern art.


Lastly, my personal sewing is always at the mercy of business demands, so I haven't any progress photos to share regarding the sheer projects I mentioned in the last post (although there is progress).  I plan to make those updates next time I post here.
Up next time is the release of the 1930 frock with cut outs by McCall

and the French dress with kimono sleeves and sweetheart neckline

Happy sewing in the meantime!

Friday, May 30, 2014

New Multi-Size Pattern, 1956 Swim or Playsuit and Skirt

Now in sizes 12 to 42, the 1956 Swim or Playsuit and Skirt originally by McCall's:
This pattern features the bubble bloomers (shorts) and cross-front halter.  The original skirt came in one size to fit 14 through 20 (aside from the skirt length for size 12).  NOTE: I left the skirt as such although since I added sizes 40 and 42 to the range, there will be up to an 11" opening between the front edges of the skirt under the waistband ties.  I recommend adding an additional pleat in the skirt or re-doing the pleats proportionally to accommodate your selected size in order that the two front skirt edges nearly meet, as shown in the original pattern art.


Being that 2014 is my 'Sheer Year', I am creating a separate halter top from this pattern in cotton/rayon voile (below).  I will cut a shaped interlining (and may even line it) in white cotton sateen, yet leave the cross-front sheer and omit the back stay.   I plan to make the bottom 2" of the halter sheer so it will read as such when worn over trousers, shorts or a skirt for dressier occasions and tucked in under shorts or the like as casual wear.
Below are the front halter pieces in voile (click images for larger view) with tailor tacks for the pleats at the shoulder and a quick sketch of the shaped interlining upon the original art:




Will share that project progress here in coming weeks.

To address more meaning of my 'Sheer Year', here is a sneak peek (back bodice and back skirt) of my 2014 Make it with Wool Competition project.  I am working up a black sheer wool version of the 1937 Vogue dress from pattern D30-573 and will pair it with the 1939 Vogue Coat from pattern C30-3916.




I will share progress as I move through the project in coming weeks although you can see the working details from my Pinterest 'Vogue Dress Project' and '1939 Inspired Coat' boards!

On the last update note here, I have posted more original patterns to my site and I plan to make more available through early summer so have a look starting with these:

Monday, April 28, 2014

New Multi-Size Pattern, the 1946 Butterick Draped Dinner Dress

Now in sizes 12 to 46, the 1946 Draped Dinner Gown:

The model on the pattern page is a shortened day version created by a customer in Oz.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Heartbleed and EvaDress.com

As I posted on Facebook: A quick note about Heartbleed regarding EvaDress.com.
EvaDress is an http site, so it is not affected.
I also do not have a password login system on the site presently, although I had one up for a couple months almost two years ago. I am not able to say in that instance if the site was impacted.
Additionally and most importantly now, EvaDress online card processing has not been compromised by Heartbleed and you are able to verify via link below by pasting this URL (which points to the online cart): https://va.eftsecure.net/eftcart
http://safeweb.norton.com/heartbleed

Monday, April 21, 2014

On the Boards, Summer 2014

The McCall's 1956 Cross-Front Swimsuit with Skirt will be ready in multiple sizes the end of May, bust 30 to 40:


For June, this 1930's dressing gown in sizes 32" to 46" bust:

Next up is one of the first patterns I ever picked up, the 1933 pajamas ensemble in sizes 32" to 46" bust for July (currently available in original size 30 bust, click on image):

The second of two French patterns generously made available by customer Kacey follows later in July:
...and the 1930 McCall Frock in sizes 32" to 46" bust this August:

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Winning 2014 EvaDress Pattern Contest Winning Entries

Clicking on each image will take you to the contestant's post:

The top prize in the advanced category goes to Nick in Michigan, who did an impeccable modification of a men’s wool jacket.
I was to select a final entry from the top five projects with highest votes in each category. This year the turnout was very low, so I went by the two top voted projects and selected the one that really hit the nail on the head as far as contest outlines. I can definitely see where Nick was coming from in his rendition inspired by the Montgomery Ward catalogue page.
Congratulations Nick, you have $75 of EvaDress patterns to select which will be sent to you at no charge AND a certificate for $50 of splendid fabric from EmmaOneSock.com!



The top prize in the beginning category goes to Alison in the United Kingdom, who challenged herself making this 1938 frock in velvet.
Congratulations Alison, you have $100 of EvaDress patterns to select which will be sent to you at no charge AND a certificate for $25 from Fashion Fabrics Club!
This year concludes The EvaDress Pattern Contest. I very much appreciate everyone’s participation over the four years that I put it on.
Cheers,
Xandra

Link to post here: http://evadress.wordpress.com/2014/03/18/winning-2014-evadress-pattern-contest-advanced-entry/

Monday, March 17, 2014

The 1957 Vogue Kimono Style Coat

I am wrapping up muslin tests on this pattern this week and it will be ready to ship this Friday in sizes 14 to 46:

The coat for day or evening length has some really nice details in the side hemmed opening and soft released dart pleat at the front neckline!