Tuesday, October 9, 2012

I Love Hollywood Patterns

I'm currently grappling with pattern drafting once again - I don't know why I do it to myself, but I go ahead and design dresses that I want to make (my sketchbook is filling up!), then have to figure out how to make the pattern. You're going to love the dress once it's done, though that won't be for a few weeks yet it seems, so while I struggle with that I thought I'd post a little vintage pattern inspiration.

The Hollywood pattern company was created in 1932 by Conde Nast. The company had a relatively short production span, running to shortly after World War II. I've barely met a Hollywood pattern I didn't like. This is partly because the brief run means that most of the patterns that turn up now date from my favourite era for fashion, the late 30s to early 40s, but also because they so often incorporate fun details - unusual darting, yokes, tucks and gathers, neckline treatments - which sets them apart.

Click for sources except for the last two, which are in my collection.


  1. Ooooh I like the style of the 5th one :)

  2. I love the illustrations on old patterns, they all look so eye poppingly glamorous!

  3. I love Hollywood patterns! I only have one in my collection a Katherine Booth night gown/jacket set. It worked up beautifully and it was in my size - even better!! I shortened the full length "night gown" and it made a perfect day dress by our modern standards.

  4. Thank you very much for the lovely little bit of history on this pattern company. I've long adored the Hollywood Patterns I've seen and think (of the top of my head) that I have at least one or two in my vintage pattern collection.

    Can't wait to see your dress, which I hope doesn't cause you too much stress, dear gal!

    ♥ Jessica

  5. Hollywood patterns really are the best! I love all of the sweet little details, pretty necklines, novelty pockets, etc. Beautiful post! x

  6. I absolutely love these patterns, they are so elegant with all of those lovely details. I especially love the fourth suit patterns, I think I may need to invest in some vintage Hollywood patterns. Thanks for the post, very interesting,
    Love Lil x

  7. those patterns are so inspiring. sadly i'm not a patient person when it comes to sewing. ;)


  8. Oh, my goodness gracious! What an outstanding selection of Hollywood designs! Wow. Those inverted curves on the first pattern reminds me very distinctly of Wallis Simpson's wedding dress. Thanks for sharing!


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