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Hollywood Sew Along- Part 2.

7 Apr

How are everyone’s sew along plans coming on? Just over 1 month left to get those beautiful vintage garments constructed, photographed and blogged about if you have a blog. For me, 1 month has come way too quickly!

I left Part 1 with this:

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I’m happy to say I have moved on and construction has begun, but I can’t show you that yet 😉

I’m pretty much going with the dress in the middle, the one Allie wore. I find it hard to get inspiration from things- more like I see something and then just make a replica. Copyright issues? Maybe…

I am differing slightly though as this is the pattern I’m using:


A wrap dress!

To add to my current love affair  I’m using a lovely purple silk-backed crepe. It’s a really deep, rich aubergine (eggplant for you folks over the pond!) and it feels all drapey and yum!

I won’t show you yet though- I can’t reveal everything can I?!

Do let us know what you’ve been up to- if you’ve decided on anything yet or even if you thought it was a good idea to join the sew along at first but now you’re panicking:

“One month to choose and make a garment?! Eeek!”


Go see what the others are up to and calm your nerves!:

Freya at The Dressmaking Diaries

Amy at SewsnBows

Charlie at This Blog is Not for You

Hannah at Made With Hugs and Kisses


Hollywood Sew Along- Part 1.

3 Mar

You guys, I’m participating in my first sew-along! (and you should too! See at the end for details.)

The lovely Freya from The Dressmaking Diaries emailed me a while back to see if I was interested in a vintage dress challenge. Well, yeah, obvs!

The inspiration was going to come from a film…The Notebook.

Ah, here was a blow. I’d never seen The Notebook, nor was I particularly interested in doing so. I’m not one for lovey-dovey films really, but having looked at some stills from the film where Rachel McAdams wears some beautiful clothes I decided to give up 2 hours of my time to it.

Anyway, I screen-shotted a load of stuff throughout the film (and then found much better quality photos online so what a waste of time) and created a Pinterest board!

So the challenge is to create something inspired by the film, no other rules. This has made it really hard for me to decide what to do so initially my Pinterest board looked like this:

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So that’s pretty much everything.

I’ve finally managed to pin some relevant stuff and narrowed down my choices a little.

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Of course Lauren’s wrap dress made it on there. I’m not ashamed to admit I have a bit of a girl crush on her and love everything she makes, this being one of my favourites. The top right dress I’ve been in love with for some time too and I’ve always admired a coat dress. This, it seems, was the obvious choice for me.

I’m still not sure exactly what I’m going for yet, but it’ll be centred around that purple dress that she wears for all of 2 minutes of the film.

Speaking of which- the iconic blue dress- she wears that thing on the first day in the pouring rain, then wears it for a subsequent 2 days. On that third day when she returns to him it’s a wonder he took her back, even if she is his true love, what a skank!

So that’s where I’m at at the minute. Go check out the other bloggers who are participating! I’m sure they’ve come up with something awesome.

Freya at The Dressmaking Diaries

Amy at SewsnBows

Charlie at This Blog is Not for You

Hannah at Made With Hugs and Kisses

Now we’re getting this party started but we’d love it if you guys would participate too! This one’s super easy- there’s no specific pattern to follow and the deadline is ages away which is awesome. It’s totally open to interpretation! The first post is today, there will be a second on April 7th containing fabric ideas, patterns etc and then the big date you all need to know about is May 5th.

Do let us know if you plan on joining in and please, please, please! leave links to relevant blog posts/pictures in the comments section, I’d love to see what everyone’s made! Here’s a button if you’d like to grab it for your blog:

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Look forward to seeing what you all do very soon 😀

chinelo bally

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