Friday, 27 January 2017

A La La Land Inspired Wardrobe

Like most of us, I recently went to the cinema to see La La Land. It's received 14 Oscar nominations, including for Best Costume. And it's easy to see why. Emma Stone is dressed in a series of vibrantly coloured dresses (although, on further inspection, you could easily have used the same sewing pattern to make a few of them...) to perfectly complement her fiery ginger hair. Her separates are classic but casual.

I'm not sure how I feel about the film, but I loved the costuming. It was fairly reminiscent of the wardrobes of classic films like Roman Holiday. So how can we, modern ladies, recreate this look?
The blue sheer overlay dress she wore, also very similar to the purple dress, could be easy to recreate with the Simplicity 4070 pattern. She has a sweetheart neckline with a sheer overlay dress, which could fairly easily be hacked to become a halterneck, or even racer back if you prefer. I chose New Look 6392 as a 'nod to' this dress. If you made it in blue matte satin , with a matching blue sheer section at the shoulders, you'd have a similar effect. The yellow sundress, used in the promotional posters for the film. She has a fitted bodice and a circle skirt, with a band across the upper section of the bodice, and wide shoulder straps which are gently gathered into the bodice. I'm fairly sure this is the same sewing pattern as the green dress, but the green dress has a ruched section down the bust - an easy addition to the sewing patterns I've chosen. Simplicity 8096 is a great pattern, specifically made for Plus Size sewers. I've sewn with this pattern before and it's a lovely, easy to sew design. View C already has the sleeve effect we're looking for. Simplicity 1061 looks fairly similar to the dress, and view A can easily be hacked to have gathered straps into the bodice. Again, her seperates wardrobe just blows me away. There's a montage of outfits in the 'Dreams' trailer, which are all so cute but casual, and would all be easy to make from a range of sewing patterns by Independent Brands. Essentially, if you've got a pile of Tilly and the Buttons and Sew Over It patterns, you can make a casual La La Land inspired capsule wardrobe!

Is there a particular character wardrobe you're inspired by?

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