I'm a sewing enthusiast in Beacon, New York, with a love of all things retro. This site is all about tutorials, tips, inspiration, and lots of spirited discussion about sewing as it relates to fashion history, pop culture, body image, and gender. My first book, Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing, is now out from STC Craft/Melanie Falick Books! Also look for my line "Patterns by Gertie" from Butterick.
Whew, we've been sewing hard this week, readers! Time for a little break with an installment in the sewing scene series, where we look at stitching scenes in popular movies. Here's one I've gotten several requests for: Pretty in Pink.
An excellent movie. Though I was a little young for it when it came out, I did—for some inexplicable reason—have the novelization. (Ah, the life of a young bookworm.) As I recall, the book had great descriptions of Andie's DIY New Wave style and, of course . . . THE dress. I did finally see the movie in recent years and it is a charmer, in the way that teen romances of this era so often were.
Funny side story: I saw Easy Athis week, and the main character has a scene where she laments that modern teen life isn't like a John Hughes movie. (Sing it, sister.)
Another funny side story: there's a short sewing scene in Easy A! Have any of you seen it?
But back to the movie at hand.
I think it came as a bitter disappointment to vintage-lovers everywhere that Andie took this fabulous 50s prom dress . . .
. . . and turned it into this.
Ah well. We all have young fashion missteps for sure—it's just a sad day when a lovely vintage dress has to die for them.
The dressmaking idea at the heart of the movie, though, is that Andie takes something that isn't quite right and transforms it so it works for her—and so that it, in turn, transforms her. And isn't that what so many of these film sewing scenes are about?
What are your thoughts on THE dress, readers? Did you like it when the movie first came out—or has your opinion of it only soured with time?
Sadly, I was unable to find a video clip of the montage where she makes the dress. Please let me know if you can find it. In the meantime, take a trip down memory lane with the adorable trailer: