Monday, June 18, 2012

Betty Grable Apples Fabric

I re-watched Betty Grable in "Pin Up Girl" this weekend and it reminded me to get cracking on a small project I've had in my to-do list for a long time - a fabric based on one of her costumes. I fell in love with this outfit immediately the first time I saw the film, and I've had in the back of my mind to re-create it ever since (mind you I'm not sure what chartreuse will do for my complexion! It looks fabulous on Betty, though). Step one was of course to design the fabric!


My version isn't completely faithful to the original - mostly because it's very hard to make out the details on screen, and also because the size of the available sample makes it impossible to recreate the full repeat. So I've reinterpreted it slightly (my apples have slim leaves instead of the feathery leaves the original fabric seems to have, as seen in the close-up below), but it's largely accurate - perfect for anyone else who's planning to run up their own version of Betty's outfit.


A glimpse of the matching clutch bag:


And a close-up so you can have a better look at the outfit:


This new print will be available through spoonflower.com as soon as I've verified the printed swatch. I'll try to make the colours as accurate as I can to the original too (Spoonflower are currently updating their printing process and I've got to send off for a new colour chart so I can get the print colours right).

15 comments:

  1. Oh I've always loved that outfit too! I adore that yellow and green together- I quite fancy a suit like that too!

    Tupney x

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  2. I've loved it for years too, and a few years ago I made preliminary version. Now that you've made a repro print I feel the urge to make it again, if I can find the right type of fabriuc for the suit.

    Here's my first version: http://web.comhem.se/~u14226170/1940-tal/yellow%20suit.htm

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  3. I've always loved that outfit! There is something about matching linings that I think is the most!

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  4. Ooh, I think I know of just the pattern to make something similar, I'll take 4 yards of this print please :)

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  5. Oh, this is perfect. I love the mustard with the apples! The clutch is amazing as well. Good luck! Can't wait to see it.

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  6. Well sue me, I kind of like what the "plain" girl is wearing. I think that button down front is pretty extraordinary, and the matching belt, too.

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  7. Charlotte, you are amazing!! I have the chartreuse fabric and pattern ready to go for this outfit but I haven't been able to find a fabric even close to the apple print. I've been looking for a year and a half with no luck. I will be buying this as soon as it's available. Thank you SO much!!! x

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  8. That's a fantastic print! And I am LOVING the clutch-match!

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  9. How wonderfully exciting! I love vintage novelty prints and have always enjoyed that outfit, too. Can't wait to see the finished project!

    ♥ Jessica

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  10. How EXCITING!!!!!! I love novelty prints :) You are so very clever :)

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  11. Wow, I have screen captures galore of that very same outfit I love it so! I was bemoaning the fact that I couldn't find anything remotely close to make it up with. I have the perfect pattern already, and now, thanks to you, it appears I'll be getting the fabric as well. Thanks a lot!

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  12. I can't believe I have watched that movie and forgotten about this amazing outfit. I have a 1940s canary yellow suit and with that fabric I could be half way there!
    xx

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  13. That is a stunning outfit, I rarely am so inspired by seeing an outfit on someone that I really want to recreate something similar myself, but that one is seriously tempting. Love what you've done with your fabric!

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  14. Ahh! One of my all time favorites, too! I know now that we have the same taste in classic film costumes (the arrow dress you made was on my to-make list, too!) :)

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