Hot! That’s Inspiration!

 I've loved That's Entertainment! as long as I can remember. It's been playing on heavy rotation at our house lately as I introduce the film to my two-year-old. She's particularly fond of the Esther Williams segment and often requests to see the woman swimming with the music. Anyhow, I've been watching the film lately for a little fashion inspiration — there's something about technicolor to make the dresses really pop.


Of all the gorgeous dresses, the most unlikely of inspirations came from this one "behind the scenes" scene that was only a few seconds on screen. It's my fondness for everyday way that of course makes this one pop out. In honor of this dress, here a few Etsy finds from the 1940s in that spirit.


  1. 1944 DuBarry 5880
  2. 1945 Advance 3929
  3. 1947 Simplicity 2169
  4. 1947 Simplicity 1924
  5. 1948 Advance 4858
  6. 1947 Simplicity 2015


Mena Trott

Mena Trott started The Sew Weekly to document her attempt to sew all of her own clothes in 2010. Since then, she's made over 125 outfits and has way more clothes than she needs.


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  1. I always love watching old films (or even documentaries) and catching something that piques my fashion-interest! ;)
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  2. Funny enough, I’ve been eyeing the Simplicity 1924. After remembering that fantastic white dress in “Under The Tuscan Sun” I though this would be the perfect pattern to make it in. I might just have to cave. Thank you for the inspiration!

  3. I LOVE how easy #4 would be to make, yet it’s so chic in the stripes.

  4. I really love Simplicity 1924 and would have snatched it up if it wasn’t a 30 bust. And, if I didn’t already have a dozen patterns that were almost identical.