Wednesday, December 13, 2017

title pic Vintage Easter Outfit 2017

Posted by Edelweiss Patterns on April 16, 2017



Happy Easter!

My vintage Easter outfit for 2017 was made entirely from vintage Hollywood Patterns that were printed in the 1940s. This was a wonderful project to work on, but I especially had a blast making the ruffled, tiered sleeves.  




The blouse reminds me of one that Olivia de Havilland wore in the 1940s…  Someday I may spruce up the sleeves even more by adding lace trim at the edge of each ruffle.  If you look closely there is eyelet beading at the neckline that I wove peach satin ribbon through.  


Pattern: Hollywood Pattern #1875

Fabric: Ivory Eyelet from

Notions: Eyelet trim, peach satin double-faced ribbon, & three tiny gold & pearl buttons


A spring blouse sewing project which I may or may not have time to sew. #1940s #blouse #pattern #hollywoodpattern #vintagepattern

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Pattern: Hollywood Pattern #1830

Fabric: Coral cotton print by Moda Fabrics – “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” collection (I picked this up about 5 years ago)

Cinch Belt: Purchased 

Shoes: Poetic License (Purchased in 2014, so I doubt they are still available)


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The Hollywood pattern for the skirt is sort of a 1940s version of the circle skirt – it is much narrower than its 1950s counterpart, but it has the same fitted waistband, narrow top, and flaring width towards the bottom edge.  


The thing that sets this outfit apart from many other spring outfits I’ve sewn in the past, is the fact that these are separates instead of a one-piece dress.  So I’m looking forward to mixing and matching these two pieces with other items in my wardrobe this year!



I hope you all have a wonderful Easter Day, and I’ll try to post another update soon!  I have some exciting projects to share in the next few weeks!

Happy sewing,


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P.S.  Thanks to my awesome husband for taking these pictures for me! 😀


title pic The Jerusalem Dress

Posted by Edelweiss Patterns on February 15, 2017

A 1950s Dress in Jerusalem, Israel


I realize that I missed my annual Christmas 1950s dress post – not for lack of sewing Christmas dresses, but for lack of time to photograph and blog about it!  I still hope to share pictures soon, but I have something else to share first!  Last year my husband and I had the amazing privilege of traveling to Israel, and naturally I *had* to sew a vintage dress for the trip!  Israel is one of my favorite countries, and it holds a very special place in my heart.  

So for a 1950s dress I planned to wear in Jerusalem, I spared no expense! 😉  I purchased five or six yards of a beautiful blue floral print designed by Gertie for Joann Fabrics, which reminded me very much of a watercolor Marc Chagall painting.  I felt it was the perfect mixture of 1950s flair with a nod to the Jewish theme at the same time.  For the bodice I chose a coordinating eyelet fabric, since that was one of the options on the pattern I was working with.  (I’m sharing Instagram pictures below from the sewing process, so not all captions are present-day.)

Because I loved the fabric so much I took LOTS of photos during the sewing construction of the dress!


It makes me happy to match the pins to the color of the fabric I work with.


The bodice and sleeves are cut in one piece as you often see in 1950s styles.  It makes for a bit of extra bulk under the arms, but it’s the way they used to make many of their dresses back in the day.


The ruched waistband was attached to a flat base.


Then the bodice was stitched to the waistband, with gathers in the front.  It’s starting to come together!


Cutting put four layers of skirt panels all at once. Fabric by @gertie18

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Once the full rectangular skirt was attached to the bodice, I folded under the inside waistband to completely encase the raw edges and make everything polished and professional.


Finally, I hand hemmed the yards of full skirt with tiny, invisible stitches.  On such a colorful print I could have hidden larger stitches fairly easily, but it’s more fun to do an impeccable job!


In Jerusalem

I purposely chose the high boatneck and three-quarter length sleeve design not because of the weather (as it was absolutely stifling in Israel in late summer), but in order to be respectful of the Orthodox Jewish dress code that many religious Jews in the area observe.  Orthodox women usually cover the neckline up to their collarbone and never let their arms show above their elbows.


 For me personally, I don’t feel that it is wrong whatsoever to wear short sleeved or even sleeveless tops, but I think it’s important particularly when you are in foreign countries to do everything you can to not offend people or dress in a way that they feel is not appropriate.  Israel is also a very secular country in many areas and there are lots of women who dress in typically modern fashion, but I wanted to try to stick to a more conservative dress code around Jerusalem since I was staying in the very heart of the Jewish quarter.


These pictures were taken directly outside the Israel Musuem which, among other things, houses the Dead Sea Scrolls.  I learned to read Hebrew when I was a teenager, so going through this place and reading fragments of scrolls from the Bible dating back thousands of years was unbelievable!

The sun was shining so brightly on the white limestone that it was quite hard to not squint, and I was not wearing a crinoline petticoat at all.  Between the lack of petticoat and the addition of sandals instead of high heels, this was definitely a rustic version of my usual 1950s outfit!  But I absolutely loved wearing it in Jerusalem, and I’ll never forget the day I wore it there!


While in Israel I also had the chance to visit Middle Eastern fabric stores and pick up some gorgeous fabrics in Tel Aviv!  That’s for another post if I find time, but you can see more pictures of my trip on my Instagram page if you scroll down several months.  And if any of you are heading to Israel in the near future (which I highly recommend!), you must check out the fabric shops in Nachalat Binyamin!


Unfortunately, I just don’t have the time to update the blog as often as I did when I was single, but I do still sew prolifically!  I do more actual wearing of my dresses to events in real life now that I’m a busy married woman, as opposed to blogging about them when I was single! 😉  But if you want to keep up on what I’m sewing, you can see regular updates over on my personal Instagram.  I can’t promise when I’ll have the next pattern or post ready, but it will all happen! :)

Hope you all are having a wonderful 2017, and happy sewing!

Katrina Holte

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“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: ‘May those who love you be secure.  May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels.” Psalm 122:6&7

title pic Liesl’s Edelweiss Dress!

Posted by Edelweiss Patterns on December 17, 2016


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Hello, Ladies,

Several years ago I mentioned that I was going to make a pattern for Liesl’s Edelweiss Dress as my next design.  Well, life got awfully busy, and I haven’t been able to work on any new designs for a while.  But this year, everything fell into place for me to finally put up pictures of the finished dress that I drafted and sewed!  This is inspired by the dress Liesl wore during the “Edelweiss” scene.  It is not an exact film costume replica, but it’s extremely similar!  I literally spent dozens of hours just scrutinizing the design of the dress on screen before I sketched and designed this version.


The scalloped ruffles at the sleeves and neck proved to be a task – I didn’t like the size of the scallop stitch built into my sewing machine, and I couldn’t find any scalloped white cotton at that width…  So since I didn’t have a die cutter, I cut all the scallops by hand and glued the raw edges of each scallop using FrayCheck.  It was a project!  The tiny purple flower appliques were as close as I could find to the film version.  I searched far and wide for something like this, and eventually ordered these in bulk from France.  They’re not identical, but as close as I could find without creating an embroidery design myself.


The thing I love about the original Dorothy Jeakins creation is that it perfectly blends the European dirndl charm with a slightly more refined almost-1940s look.  You have the fitted bodice with all the piping and seams so common in dirndls , but the lack of printed cottons and bold colors tones down the “Octoberfest” look! 😉  Saul Chaplin (one of the associate producers on the film), once remembered that the production team had actually asked Dorothy Jeakins to *not* put any “fancy dirndls” in the film.


The skirt is very full and gathered, but it’s still quite lightweight to wear since the dress is made of a linen-cotton blend.  I love the fit of this dress!


So now I come to the point which I’ve been asked for the last couple years over and over – “When is the pattern going to be ready?!” 😉  Well, here’s the thing of it – my schedule is so full between working, running a business, and running a house that I don’t have an awful lot of spare time.   With how precious my time is right now, I would need to know that there are enough people who would be able to use it in order to make it worth the one hundred or so hours it would take me to put into grading, writing instructions, final testing, and drawing illustrations.  SO -I am considering setting up a “pre-order” on Kickstarter to have a certain number of patterns on pre-order before I dive into publishing the pattern.  Then again, if we didn’t have enough pre-orders for it to be worth my time, Kickstarter would refund you and/or you would not be charged.  Assuming there is enough interest, I could have a goal of having this pattern out by spring of 2017!


Either way, this dress has been on my “dream sewing list” for years and I’m so thrilled to have it finished and photographed! And without giving too much away, I have reason to believe that one of the other most-requested Sound of Music dresses will be recreated by this spring here on the website as well…

I hope you all have a wonderful December, and I’ll see you in another week with my annual Christmas dress post!

Happy sewing,

Katrina Holte

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