Hollywood Sewalong: The Notebook

 

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Hellooo all you sewing and vintage lovers! I’m so excited about this post!

A Sewalong! A Sewalong series! A Hollywood movie themed Sewalong series!

After some months of emailing ideas back and forth, me and some other lovely sewing friends teamed up for a Hollywood movie themed Sewalong. Our first Sewalong movie is “The Notebook”. Love it or hate it, but the outfits worn by the character Allie Hamilton (Racheal McAdams) is just too adorable.

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Here’s our lovely team of sewing enthusiats:

Freya from The Dressmaking Diaries

Courtney from Makesphere

Amy from Sews N Bows

Hannah from Made with Hugs and Kisses

Well, and me!

We will all sew something inspired by the 1940’s fashion in the movie. With ‘inspiration’ being the operative word. That means we can recreate one of the outfits into detail or do something completely different and just using small details, fabric or colours as inspiration.

Over the next couple of months we will post our inspiration from the movie, ideas and plans about patterns or fabrics and then, of course, our final pieces.

I personally love the cut and shapes of the 1940’s, the typical ‘wartime silhouette’. Fashion seemed to be much more practical back then, compared to ten years later, in the 50’s, with all these petticoats and bell-shaped skirts. Women’s fashion also looked a bit more masculine, which you can also tell by all these shirt dresses in the movie.

Alrighty, let me show you some of my favourite outfits from the movie. I loved almost all of them, so it was really hard to narrow it down. I decided to pick the ones that inspired me to sew something the moment I saw them. As much as I love recreating something into detail, I’m pretty sure that I will try myself at a very modern take on one of these dresses:

1. The blue dress

Hollywood Sewalong: The Notebook by thisblogisnotforyou.com
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Hollywood Sewalong: The Notebook by thisblogisnotforyou.com
source: http://oldmovieposter.blogspot.com
Hollywood Sewalong: The Notebook by thisblogisnotforyou.com
source: http://oldmovieposter.blogspot.com

Yeeeees. Of course. The obvious dress inspiration from this movie. And no, Captn Obvious didn’t put me off. It simply is one of the most beautiful dresses from the movie and probably also the garment that gets most on-screen time, which is great for studying details. I love the button-down front, the lace details at the sleeves and the tiny matching belt. Light blue is definitely not my colour, but I think the cut and shape would look great in a more modern take of this dress.

2. Red & white shirt dress

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Hollywood Sewalong: The Notebook by thisblogisnotforyou.com
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I love this mini shirt dress – or is it a jumpsuit? I’m not quite sure, but I would love it as a jumpsuit. It gives me plenty of inspiration to work with!

3. The purple dress

Hollywood Sewalong: The Notebook by thisblogisnotforyou.com
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Hollywood Sewalong: The Notebook by thisblogisnotforyou.com
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I looove this cute little number. Not because of the colour (not a big fan of purple), but the cut in the front is so adorable. Unfortunately the dress has very little on-screen time and it’s really hard to find proper pictures. I can definitely see a very modern version of this dress.

4. The lady-like dress

Hollywood Sewalong: The Notebook by thisblogisnotforyou.com
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Well, this is just Beau-Ti-Ful. Love the colour, love the neckline. And the matching gloves are amazing!

4. The green dress

Hollywood Sewalong: The Notebook by thisblogisnotforyou.com
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Hollywood Sewalong: The Notebook by thisblogisnotforyou.com
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This dress is just super simple but very chic. I love the length of the skirt and sleeves and the ruffles under the v-shaped neckline are a cute detail.

So…..what will I do now?

I have no clue, but there’s plenty of inspiration to work with, that’s for sure! So stay tuned and keep our eyes peeled for the next post coming next month.

In the meantime, we would love for you to join us and take part in the Sewalong!

Part 2 will be posted on April 7th when it’s time to share the inspiration we have decided on and some behind-the-scenes pictures and information of our makes!

The final garment will be posted on May 5th!

If you want to join, grab our button (see right-hand sidebar!) and start sewing! Don’t forget to sent us links/pictures of your make as we would love to feature it as part of our Sewalong series! 

Happy Sewing!

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