As an unapologetic lover of pretty dresses, I was really intrigued to have a copy of Famous Frocks land on my desk recently, courtesy of the kind folks at Chronicle Books. In this book, authors Sara Alm and Hannah McDevitt have curated a collection of 20 dresses ranging from the 1930's (Bette Davis) through the 1980's (Madonna), and provide pattern sheets and instructions for modern interpretations of them all. The black and white photos of the famous ladies wearing the featured frocks are lovely and the line drawings give a sense of how we could riff on those older versions now, but for an even better sense of how these patterns actually work up, check out the dress photos in the Famous Frocks Flickr pool.
If you'd like to try your hand at copying Marilyn Monroe's iconic white halter dress, Audrey Hepburn's perfect little black dress, or even Stevie Nicks' bohemian handkerchief-hemmed number, just enter this week's giveaway. We'll even throw in a set of dressmaking notions–pattern-tracing paper and wheel, Gingher 8-inch dressmaking shears, and a French curve–to help you along! To enter, just leave your comment here or on the corresponding Facebook post. Do include your Spoonflower screen name or other means of tracking you down easily in case you're our winner. Entries close next Tuesday, 7/24 and we'll announce a winner on 7/25. Good luck, dressy divas! This giveaway is now closed and we'll be announcing a winner shortly.
Last week, we gave away a downloadable Wiksten pattern and three yards of Spoonflower fabric to make it up in. Our congratulations goes out to giveaway winner Samantha Saville all the way over in Aberystwyth, Wales. Hope you make something pretty, Samantha!