Monday, 7 May 2012

Sew Iconic

As a lover of all things Hollywood as well as a bit of a home dressmaker I was very excited when the lovely book Sew Iconic  by Liz Gregory was sent for me to review.

It features ten patterns for ten classic Hollywood dresses which is such a fabulous idea and a wonderful way to incorporate some silver screen glamour into your frock collection. 
The book is beautifully put together almost like a ring binder and as well as having a pocket in the front with all the patterns in, it also have some great chapters at the beginning which very clearly guide the reader into what equipment you will need, the basics of laying out and pattern cutting, lining, adding darts, everything you need to know to help you tackle some of the very lovely outfits featured.
Marilyn Monroe's white halter neck dress from The seven year itch
This book has obviously been created with a lot of love and thought. The photographs are great (and plentiful, what it is with books nowadays having hardly any pictures?) and the instructions are very easy to understand.
Each dress has its own chapter showing shots of the original dress, notes about the film it was featured in as well as the original designer before showing you how to create your own homage.
I carried a watermelon-baby's dress from Dirty Dancing
What I particularly liked was that as well as some truly classic outfits ( Rita Hayworths black sheath gown from Gilda and Marilyn Monroe's white halter neck dress from The seven year itch) there are also lots of dresses which as well as being great movie memories can still translate in beautiful wearable clothes for today.
Faye Dunaways dress from The Thomas Crown affair

Julie Roberts brown polka dot tea dress from Pretty Woman, Audrey Hepburns Breakfast at Tiffany's LBD and the classic Jennifer (no one leaves baby in the corner) Grey ensemble from Dirty dancing would make great additions to any vintage loving gals wardrobe.
Holly Golightlys famous LBD
Its this well thought out approach which lifts this from being merely a fancy dress reference book to something quite inspiring. Don't worry there are a few dresses featured which are truly "out there" notably Kate Winslets evening gown from Titanic and Grace Kelly's Blue Chiffon gown from To catch a Thief are maybe too full on even for me to consider them so plenty of scope to make  a few things to wear for watching Coronation street in, but overall the dresses have been cleverly picked so they would look just as great today as when they were lighting up movie screens.
Sew Iconic is published by Bloomsbury and available to buy here
Photos by Quintet Publishing 2012
I have one copy of this beautiful book to giveaway.

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    1. This looks amazing ! Now crossing all my fingers and toes I win xx

    2. Great book idea, and they chose good dresses too!

    3. I like th elook of this book, not that I'd be able to even pin a pattern luckily I have a seamstress nan and mum who are always happy to lend a hand (or just do it all as I'm so cackhanded)

    4. What a fab idea....and I've got a new sewing machine that's looking for a project!

    5. Looks amazing! I think every woman wanted to have a film star's dress at least at one point in her life.

    6. This is exactly the kind of book I have been looking for to get me back into sewing - thanks!

    7. Oh wow!! This book looks amazing. Thanks for giving such a lovely thing away. eeek hope i get it :)

    8. That book looks lush, would love to make my own move star wardrobe!

    9. fingers, toes, legs (?!?!?!) crossed on this one!! A fabbo giveaway xXx

    10. gorgeous book!! I just saw it on Queens of Vintage and am totally in love. My mom was Marilyn for Halloween in the 80's and had a dress just like the white one from The Seven Year Itch. I wish she had kept it because I've been wanting that dress since I was a little girl! :)

    11. What a great idea for a book! So many dresses for them to choose from to make it (I hope they decide to keep it up and do a volume 2)

    12. Signed up, great book, fingers crossed for me!

    13. What can I say......other than this book looks fab! Today at my sewing class I was given a lovely roll end piece of peachy satiny fabric, ooooooh the things I could possibly make from this book. I was a happy bunny being given some fabric for free (waste not want not!) but I would be the happiest and (best dressed) bunny in the world if I won it :0)

    14. I'm gonna de-lurk for this giveaway! That looks like an amazing book

    15. This looks as if it will have some great projects to get me out of my sewing rut. I quite fancy the idea of sewing a "frock collection".

      (Signed up to the newsletter, but not sure how to "join" the blog as I already subscribe on BlogLovin.)

    16. Love the look of this. Keep meaning to get back to sewing. This might give me the proverbial kick up the...!


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