1930-40s Vintage Hollywood Movie Star Sewing Patterns Rare vintage sewing patterns from 1930s-40s by the Hollywood Pattern Company featuring famous movie stars. These vintage patterns are a treasure trove for the designer or collector!
News-Antique.com - Dec 21,2008 - Hollywood has always been a trendsetter, it helped launch fashion trends from a movie or the red carpet. Fashionista's have always tried to copy the look of their favorite movie star. In the 1930s a clothing pattern company launched its Hollywood Patterns, cashing in the public hunger to have that Hollywood movie star look!
Thus the Hollywood Pattern Company flourished, each sewing pattern featuring the hot movie stars of the day with such famous faces gracing the pattern covers as Kay Francis, Claudette Colbert, Irene Dunn, Ginger Rogers, Carole Lombard, Gloria Stuart ( who played the 101 year old Rose in the movie Titanic), just to mention a few of the important stars. But it also helped launch the careers of many starlets such as a very young Bette Davis, Lucille Ball, Olivia De Haviland, even Gypsie Rose Lee the famous burlesque queen's younger sister June Havoc.
The fashions were taken from the famous and popular movies of the day, everything from day dresses, evening gowns to beach wear, tennis outfits to the Katharine Hepburn wide trousers to aprons! A gem for the collector is finding the Vivienne Leigh 'Scarlett' pattern with an evening gown from Gone With The Wind movie , any with Lucille Ball for the I Love Lucy collectors and Joan Bennett for the Dark Shadows fans.
The Hollywood Patterns are a treasure trove for the designer, inspiring designs for todays fashion . Even the lingerie patterns are perfect for todays evening wear given the fabulous Art Deco styles and figure flattering biased cut night gowns.
The early patterns were very Art Deco in style with beautiful collars and cuff details, the later patterns from the War time years had many fabulous Swing Time fashions with Sweetheart necklines, sailor motifs and of course the wonderful wide legged pants. With War time fabric conservation, the skirts got slightly shorter and less full, the suits displayed the impact of the WW II .
The company produced patterns from aprons -lingerie to glamorous evening gowns to the every day clothing but with a classy Hollywood twist, Hollywood patterns were never ordinary in style, ensuring a unique interesting style.
The Hollywood Pattern Company also featured adorable children's patterns. The company seemed to stop production just after the second world war, about 1947. Because of its short life span these vintage sewing patterns are avidly sought after by the collector of vintage patterns but also by the movie star Hollywood memorabilia collector and designers love Hollywood patterns for their strong styles, which one can see the influence in today's fashions.
At sovintagepatterns.com you will find a beautiful ever changing selection of true vintage Hollywood Patterns, for wonderful examples go here: http://www.sovintagepatterns.com/moviestar.html Who knows you just might be inspired to sew one of these fashionable vintage styles!