Sew the Trends: The Golden Globes


Something a little bit different from us this week. Last weekend the Golden Globes graced our screens, it’s one of my favourite award ceremonies and I always wake up excited to see see what everyone was wearing. As usual I started thinking about patterns and how you’d make some of the dresses.. anyone else do that? So I thought it would be fun to pair sewing patterns to some of my favourite looks at this years Golden Globes. I thought a video format would work best for this but has also added links to all the patterns featured alongside the actors.

As usual with all of these videos we love to hear your thoughts too, have you spotted any patterns that match peoples looks? There are a couple that I need your help on…

Patterns Featured in the Video:

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Reese Witherspoon looked fantastic in this Roland Mouret number. The swooping part on the front of the dress was the feature I really wanted to hunt out and I was pretty pleased with what I found.  The Vogue 1533 is a fantastic evening dress, take off the bow at the side and the train at the back of the dress and you could totally copy this look!

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Naomi Whats Armani dress for the Gold Globes was so beautiful, I love the contract fabrics used. The dress that I found was the  Vogue 1498, although not totally the same it’s got a very similar neckline. You could easily extend it to make it floor length and change the seam lines if you wanted to created the contrast fabrics around the bust.

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Gillian Anderson was wearing the MOST beautiful dress from Safiyaa I really love the bow detail. Having done some extensive hunting I think the that the Vogue 1579 is a great starting point and with a bit of work it could be adapted to make it closer to Gillian’s.

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Like with all couture gowns I’m amazed with the fabrics they use. I’m pretty sure that the Celine dress that Saoirse Ronan wore was made out of a chainmail that has been encrusted with Swarovski’s crystals. Now I appreciate that this might be a little too far for us to go, but in terms of the shape of the dress the Elizabeth dress from Named Clothing. There are really interesting cut lines on this dress and could be a good challenge to embark on in 2020.

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All hail Phoebe Waller-Bridge who nailed her outfit wearing Ralph & Russo. The beautiful boucle wool contrasted with the satin lapels made a seriously cool outfit. In terms of the patterns this wasn’t too much of a challenge for me to hunt out, if fact if was the first one I did. For the jacket I chose the Named Clothing Aava Blazer and the trousers are the Named Clothing Tyyni cigarette trousers.

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Helen Mirren’s Dior dress had me at hello! This was by far my favourite outfit of the night and the contrast lining was inspired. Pattern hunting for this wasn’t quite as easy and I’ve got a couple of goodish options. Any thoughts on a better pattern I’m all ears. To get the neckline nailed I found a Vintage McCalls 6035 (there are some of these on Ebay and Etsy) and then from this you could start to tweak. If you wanted something more readily available the Simplcity 1459  would be a good base pattern to start with and then start playing with the neckline.


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Glenn Close’s velvet Armani dress looked fantastic with the nod to tailoring. Not the most obvious choice but actually when you look at the line drawing the Sew Over It, 1940s wrap dress is very similar. Add some buttons at the front and extend it to full length and it’s not far off!

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This was one of the patterns I needed some help with. Olivia Colman was wearing such a striking dress from Emilia Wickstead and I really wanted to find the perfect pattern. The Vogue 9239 is a good starting point, you’d need to raise the waistline and add more fullness into the sleeves and then catch them inside. That’s just to start with.. any thoughts let me know.


Another firm favourite was Jodie Carter’s emerald green dress designed by Mary Katrantzou. Again I was desperate to find the perfect pattern. I think this is a great starting point it’s the Simplicity 1105 the base shape of the dress is there but there are a lot of features you’ll need to add in!


I hope you enjoyed this and if you’d like more of the same, do let me know!

All images of the actors are sourced from the Vogue.com Website.

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2 thoughts on “Sew the Trends: The Golden Globes

  1. There are a ton of 80’s dresses that would work for Helen Mirren’s dress. I have McCall’s 7514 which is really nice because it has 8 different variations. The only difference is that the dress base has a V waist and there is no belt. I actually think the V waist is very flattering. Ebay has many copies of this.

  2. Oh that is a fantastic pattern suggestion – thank you!!

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