{Sew the Show} Inspiration is Everywhere!

Happy Thursday, friends! It's been a while since I've "sewn a show" - it's the social sewing event I just can't quit. It's too much fun to see cool wardrobe details on the big/small screen, and challenge myself to incorporate them into my own sewing plans.

As a reminder - STS is NOT a cosplay challenge. Not even a little bit. If anything, it's an homage to costume designers and the lasting impact they have left on our hearts via our favorite characters and their iconic wardrobes. To this day I could not put on a pair of bold, vivacious pumps without feeling a little Carrie Bradshaw - or spot women-in-menswear trends on the runway without thinking "Diane Keaton's Annie Hall beat you to the punch." All it takes is the right print, color combination, pleating detail, trim, silhouette, neckline, or - as was the case at last night's viewing of a vintage movie at a local Italian restaurant - a sleeve detail, and I'll start dreaming up ways to incorporate it in my existing wardrobe plans.

Which is why it might surprise you that this blouse...

...was in part inspired by this dress....

Do you see it?? No?? Look closer...

Nope, it's not the sweet shoes! (Though they are a perk!) In this case, it's a bias hem detail. I can't tell you how many time I'd watched this movie without the seamstress in me honing in on that detail. 

I've been especially grumbly lately over the waste my projects leave behind - and this seemed like an excellent way to keep those random size scraps out of a landfill and put to good use!

I cut 2 inch strips on the bias and folded in 1/2 inch on either side. Since Simplicity 8296 (View D) has a curved hemline, I simply laid my strip of bias tape along the curve of the hem and pressed it to shape, stretching as needed. I scooted it up 2 inches (though probably could have moved it up more a la Dorothy's hem detail) and edge stitched both sides down. I did this before I sewed side seams, but after I'd hemmed the front/back. (I find curved hems lay better if I hem them before I stitch them together at the sides.) 

I'm on my third version of this pattern, and really love how it turns out. Even my muslin is especially wearable! It eliminated the bulk that my last off-shoulder pattern had across the mid section, and the bust darts shape the garment nicely even in stiffer fabrics with less drape.


It's sorta fun seeing how design elements (big and small!) can transcend decades, isn't it? Thank you, family movie night, for this fun embellishment idea! Be sure to check out Katie's new STS post - she couldn't be limited to just one project this month and blows me away with both her looks! And of course, you're always welcome to join us by sharing your show-inspired-sews on the 15th of every month (or the Monday after if it falls on a weekend!). Which character/show/movie would you sew first??