Current Sewing Inspiration: Glamorous Film Costumes

Costume College is sneaking up on me really fast.  The theme this year is the Golden Age of Hollywood, so I’ve been madly trying to come up with some classic film worthy gowns!  Last year I made one gown inspired by classic Hollywood (you might remember if from this post)- and then the theme for this year was announced- so I grabbed at the chance to further indulge my inner classic movie fan. So far I’ve got two new gowns I’m taking with me this year- one 1930s and one 1940s.  I’m not sharing pictures yet, but here’s what I’ve been inspired by:


Joan Crawford

Joan Crawford

Dorothy Lamour


Katherine Alexander

Ginger Rogers

Gored Dance-Worthy Skirts!

Carole Lombard

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I’m also teaching two classes this year.  If you’re attending make sure you come say “hi”, and take my classes if you can.  They are “De-coding Vintage Patterns” and “Building a Basic 1930s/1940s Wardrobe.”

10 Comments on Current Sewing Inspiration: Glamorous Film Costumes

  1. Stephanie
    July 20, 2012 at 9:42 am (12 years ago)

    Eeep! Can’t wait to see it! Your gold gown from last year was literally red carpet ready and is one of my favorites of yours.

    • Lauren
      July 20, 2012 at 7:30 pm (12 years ago)

      Thanks! :)

  2. Nikki
    July 20, 2012 at 11:28 am (12 years ago)

    Wow! I had no idea how much I *needed* a sequin cape up until now – amazing!

    I can’t wait to see the results, I’m sure they’ll be stunning.

    Nikki x

    • Lauren
      July 20, 2012 at 7:30 pm (12 years ago)

      I know, right? I think a sequin cape is a necessity ;)

  3. Colleen Crosby
    July 20, 2012 at 6:07 pm (12 years ago)

    Thank you for using the correct link for Costume College! Yay! And really fun pix!

    • Lauren
      July 20, 2012 at 7:31 pm (12 years ago)

      My pleasure, Colleen!

  4. Gabrielle
    July 23, 2012 at 9:42 am (12 years ago)

    Carole Lombard looks magical in this picture. Also, I have never seen a more glamorous picture of Joan Crawford than this one.

  5. Sara
    July 24, 2012 at 3:43 pm (12 years ago)

    UGH! *That cape* in Sadie McKee!!!

    Of course it’s amazing…. Adrian costumed that movie (surprise!!!) I think the other Joan Crawford pic is a dress designed by him too, gf loved her Adrian. A quote of hers: “I frankly don’t remember any fashion before Adrian”

    So, so cool!

    <3 Sara

    • Lauren
      July 24, 2012 at 3:44 pm (12 years ago)

      Adrian is my favorite!! :)

      • Sara
        July 24, 2012 at 3:54 pm (12 years ago)


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