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Evadress Coquette Blouse Ca 1928

28 Oct

Me-Made March 15

An older picture* of the same Evadress B20-53 Ladies’ Coquette Blouse, circa 1928; I love the really crisp criss-cross of the ties, at least when they are laying right.

I did have to improvise on this one though, I must admit, and I am not at all certain I got it right. Now I love Evadress patterns, company, Alexandra, her blog, everything, and don’t want to sound like a big cranky pants about any of the above- but I struggled with the instructions on the neck tie portion on this one to the degree that the blouse sat around unfinished and stared at for months. Then I moved from Minneapolis to Fargo and the actual instructions got lost in the move, so I just had to make it up anyway.

Evadress Coquette 1928 Blouse

I noticed on Pattern Review that I wasn’t the only one doing a little improvisation though- I think most people interpreted instructions that the tie would be cut singly and folded- which matches fashion illustration better- but I did mine cut double and sewn together- which matched the cutting layout and pattern shape (diagonal ends). Ditto for the neck-attaching instructions, which had been so generously translated from original French by Alexandra. For whatever reason I just wasn’t tracking them. I didn’t understand how much of the tie portion should attach to the neck portion, if that makes sense. So I probably left them too swingy and wobbly.

Hillary working the Coquetry with eponymous Evadress blouse: lapped seaming detail visible here

But really in the end, I love the blouse- I finally finished it in I think December or something, when I finally got up and sewing again after my move last year. I remember I wore it layered with all sorts of crazy things all winter because I thought it was the bee’s knees and couldn’t wait til Spring to wear it! I am hoping to make a variation of it very soon out of wool jersey, a quickie version that foregoes the cute but time-consuming lapped inset details on front and back.

*Shown with trousers from Evadress SE30-1210 4-Piece Tuxedo Ensemble, circa 1933, which is one of my very favorite Evadress patterns ever, and about which I have only the very nicest things to say. I made some little modernizations of fit and wear like invisible side zip and raised the crotch seam, but otherwise it’s just perfect!

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Colette Ginger and Evadress 20s tie-neck blouse

28 Oct

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Outtake on the rust tweed Colette Ginger, because notorious Fargo wind patterns causing interesting updraft (I’m standing on a kind of ledge or pylon with gap behind) and oddly triangular skirt shape. It does however show another perspective on how the outfit was supposed to look, with the wind catching the skirt instead of the blouse.

If I were to write the Great Fargo Novel, various winds would be main characters. I grew up in Bismarck which is another 200 miles further west and certainly even drier there and quite windy, but nothing like the blow-your-brain-out-your-ears windy it is here. I think because there are actually mature trees and variable surface topography there, so you don’t feel it the way you do here, where most of the trees are just along the river and it’s crazy-prehistoric-lakebed-flat-flat-flat, nothing at all to stop that wind. Anyone who does the Minneapolis to Seattle drive complains about the North Dakota leg because it’s so hard to stay awake, it’s just a straight shot across perfectly flat prairie or farmland terrain, the highway is for the most part like it was laid out with a straight edge directly across 3/4 of the state, and with about 70% less traffic than most of the rest of the country. All that flatness, the wind just comes roaring over it.