“Atonement” inspired dress

By on May 21, 2014

I have wanted an emerald evening dress since I saw Keira Knightley’s stunning silk one in the film “Atonement”. I used Vintage Vogue 2859 after searching for a 1930’s style pattern and made a few design alterations- I added fullness to the skirt, cut on the bias and made a waist/hip sash. My tutorial for the pattern alterations is on my blog here, and more pics of my gorgeous sister modelling the dress are here, she saw it when she was visiting and wanted to wear it- lucky me for such great pictures!



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Daisy Buchanan inspired dress

By on November 13, 2013

I missed the Great Gatsby Challenge but couldn’t stop thinking about making a Daisy inspired dress. I loved all the colours Casey Mulligan wore in the movie and had some pinky prints and solids in my stash. I used the Burdastyle double layer dress pattern I had already assembled for my Downton dress but this time without adding a sash so it was more flapper-esque. Here is one of the gorgeous costumes I was inspired by, but you can see more at my blog thehollywoodsew.com





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1940s | Vintage Sewing

Butterick 5152 Coven Dress

By on November 8, 2013

I wanted to make an “American Horror Story: Coven” inspired dress for Halloween that could be worn on other occasions too. I chose the vintage 1940’s pattern Butterick 5152 and made it up in some black poly chiffon. I had originally wanted to use burnout velvet but because of the cost I decided to try hand painting onto the chiffon instead but it didn’t take. Full story of my chiffon painting mishaps here! I like this pattern, particularly the gathers and the cuff sleeves and intend to make another in velvet for loungewear.



I still have to hem it (was in a rush to be ready for Halloween) and I think the dress needs to be styled with less witchy shoes to be wearable all year round, but it worked great with my lace-up boots and a veil for Halloween. The veil is polka dot mesh and was inspired by the promo pic of Jessica Lange which you can see in my inspiration post. I just cut the size I wanted, leaving the edges raw and secured with bobby pins.

More spooky pics and close-ups on my blog thehollywoodsew.com

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1950s | Dresses

Betty Draper pink pencil dress Simplicity 6123

By on October 25, 2013

I am totally in love with this print, even after staring at it the last few nights to make it in time for the Project Sewn signature style reader challenge. I used the bodice from Simplicity 6123 view B but with no sleeves which I had in my stash and the skirt was self drafted as I had already made a custom pencil skirt block that fit me better than the simplicity 6123 one. I lined the dress with a seafoam polyester lining, to go with the accent seafoam in the botanical print. I cut a size 10 in the bodice and the fashion fabric is cotton.

I was inspired by this gorgeous hot pink Betty Draper dress:

You can see my more pics and construction details here at my blog The Hollywood Sew!

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Vintage Sewing

The Hollywood Sew Episode 1 “A Downton Dress” is here!

By on October 9, 2013

It is with great excitement that I present to you the pilot episode of The Hollywood Sew! Based on creating a dress inspired by Downton Abbey, I hope fans of both Downton and of sewing will enjoy this design video. Please like/share/subscribe etc if you want to see more, as I need enough interest to get the next episode rolling. You can see the trailer and more projects at thehollywoodsew.com. Most importantly take a break and enjoy watching!

The Hollywood Sew Episode 1 "A Downton Dress" (Part 1 of 3)
The Hollywood Sew Episode 1 "A Downton Dress" (Part 2 of 3)
The Hollywood Sew Episode 1 "A Downton Dress" (Part 3 of 3)

Any comments you have about the show and what you would like to see in the future are very much appreciated. Email thehollywoodsew@gmail.com or comment below. It is my first time in front of the camera and I am sure I must make some mistakes so be kind! Thanks for watching and stay tuned at thehollywoodsew.com for more 🙂

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Vintage Sewing

A Downton Dress

By on October 2, 2013

Here is the premiere of my finished Lady Mary inspired dress. The final outcome was well worth the challenges of sewing with two shifty fabrics as I truly do feel like a lady when I wear it. My full review is here along with the teaser for the pilot episode of The Hollywood Sew based on designing a “Downton Abbey” inspired dress!

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