Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Rolling out the Red Carpet

If there was an Oscars ceremony for the sewing world, Dad reckons the statue would be modelled on him (though after having hot chips for lunch, I'm not sure he's quite a svelte as old Oscar).

All the glitz and glamour is going to my head! Some of last night's Oscar frocks were seriously sparkly! I think we all agreed here in the office that last night was a winner in the glamour stakes.

But it was the Old Hollywood glamour that really got our attention. Got me thinking - which of these gorgeous looks could we make ourselves (don't say none, I know you're more clever than that!).
Dora, Elle and Shoshana took to the pattern books and they've come up with two of our Oscar favourites that you could whip up for your very own awards ceremony!

Natalie Portman in Vintage Christian Dior

Polka dots! On the red carpet! Amazing. This classic and simple frock is a sure fire winner in any colour but come on, who can resist?

The Pattern:
McCall's M6029
Use pieces 2, 6 & 10 of McCall's "Create It" Mix and Match patterns to create this. You may want to extend the skirt ever so slightly to add a train.

The Fabric:

I'm going dotty.
FiFi Yarn Dyed Spot Taffeta, 140cm, from $24.95/m

Penelope Cruz in Armani Prive

Positively Princess-like!
 Penelope is well documented for going a little OTT when a gown is concerned, but this Armani number is an absolute standout. And the slate blue is my favourite thing today!

The Pattern:
Vogue Vintage V1094

Who can resist a vintage Vogue? This 1955 design V1094 is the perfect amount of GLAM. Use option B for a full-length skirt.

The Fabric:
Icon Strech Satin-Back Crepe, Icon Chiffon

Icon Strech Satin Back Crepe (base) 114cm, $$9.95/m
Icon Chiffon (overlay) 114cm, $9.95/m

Right, get sewing! I expect these ready in time for next year's Oscars...


  1. I really enjoyed this post. I often find it hard to work out which sewing pattern I should use to create my own version of popular dresses. Maybe you could do a post about current sewing patterns that can be used to make Mad Men style dresses?

  2. Great post! I always love looking at the red carpet gowns for inspiration. I think Anons suggestion for Mad Men pattern looks is a great idea too.