Sunday, May 17, 2015

La Petite Mode EvaDress

La Petite Mode EvaDress is a newly begun series of 1/3 scale models sewn from EvaDress Patterns.  The models demonstrate viable high fashion which was originally available to the home sewer of early- to mid-20th century via commercial patterns.
I gleaned inspiration from Le Théâtre de la Mode.  As well, The House of Dior drew inspiration from the same exhibit in creating Le Petit Théâtre Dior.
La Petite Mode EvaDress models are based on 1/3 size from vintage patterns which fit 36" bust, 30" waist and 39" hip.

From Vogue's 1944 Frock pattern 8046:

From Vogue's 1944 Dinner Suit pattern 3162:

More models will be added over time, so stay tuned to this show!

Friday, May 8, 2015

Construction Details - E30-5918, 1931 Evening Gown with Diagonal Seams

I have had questions about the way the strap on this gown is applied.  Essentially, the strap is smocked with three lines of shirring before the back bodice strap portion is twisted, brought under the top shoulder edge of A, and stitched as a lapped seam. This is not exactly something that contemporary sewers are used to doing, so I worked a quick muslin version showing the steps:

Shows A, the Bodice Front with top edge turned under 3/8". The pen marks indicate where the first two rows of running stitches will be made:

Wrong side of A with top edge turned under 3/8":

I modified this example a bit by running the first row of long stitches very close to fold of turned edge. Then I ran subsequent lines of long stitches 3/8" apart. The large O is the match point '2' between the front and back strap.

Example shows size 40 bust, so the lines of gathers are drawn to 1-7/8" per chart given in the instructions. A third row of gathering stitched is then sewn in.

Gathered shoulder edge of B, Bodice Back. Flat bias finishes both neck and armseye edges of B and as for A:

The shoulder strap of B is twisted two times toward the neck and the turned edge of 'A' laps over 'B' with match points in place. Top-stitch through all layers. Shows full shirred effect in 3 rows of stitching the pattern originally calls for:

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
One top finalist will additionally receive a $100 non-expiring gift certificate to
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 ( 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. While these are now available in separate sheets for each size set, 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.