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

As I posted on Facebook: A quick note about Heartbleed regarding
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):

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!

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.

Link to post here:

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!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

2014 EvaDress Pattern Contest Voting!

Voting polls are up and running now.

Go to a project post from this page and vote once clicking on the stars. Only one vote per person on one project in each category will be counted (additional votes will not register in the polling).

Voting will close 11:59 p.m. EST on March 17 and I will announce winners (contacting each via e-mail as well) here, on FaceBook and my wordpress blog on March 18.
Emma One Sock up for grabs in the Advanced Category and FashionFabricsClub for Beginners.

Best wishes to all! Xandra