Old Hollywood Glamor: 7 Vintage Looks to Steal and Make at Home

Ah, old Hollywood glamor. The poise of actresses in old movies is always enviable, and their outfits are to die for. But who’s to say that you can’t get that same glamorous Hollywood style on your own?  There are plenty of vintage sewing patterns out there, but they can sometimes be hard to find and size properly.  But no worries!  Pattern makers often put out vintage-style patterns to create that classic style.

We’ve put together a list of 7 iconic women, and the patterns you need to steal their looks.

Grace Kelly

You know you’re the epitome of Hollywood glam when you get to star in a movie about a jewel thief, opposite Cary Grant. Emulate Kelly’s sweetheart neckline with this Butterick pattern.

Recommended movie: To Catch A Thief

Marilyn Monroe

Of course. While most people imagine Marilyn’s iconic “white subway dress” or her very Hollywood-glamor gold dress, she has a number of other bombshell looks with similar halter neck styles, like this one. Or click here for a pattern that is reminiscent of her white subway dress.


Recommended movie: Some Like It Hot

Hedy Lamarr

Brains and beauty. Hedy Lamarr was not only a talented and beautiful actress, but also invented frequency hopping, which helped the Allies win WWII, and is also the foundation of wireless communication like Bluetooth and wi-fi. In Hollywood, she was regarded as the “most beautiful ever to appear in film”. Doesn’t seem quite fair, does it? Use this pattern to get Hedy’s style.

Recommended movie: Samson And Delilah (1949)

Lauren Bacall

Lauren Bacall is my favorite on this list, and who I think of when I hear “Hollywood glamor”. I love her style: her clothes, her hair, her eyes (those eyebrows, too!)… all of it. Get her sultry style from Vogue patterns.

Recommended movie: To Have and Have Not

Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor is the epitome of the glamor of Hollywood’s golden age, with captivating violet eyes and a love for jewels (and husbands). Get her look here with Vogue’s vintage-style pattern.


Recommended movie: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Bonus patterns: one two three

Ava Gardner

Ava’s beauty took her from a small farming community in North Carolina to the height of 1940s Hollywood glamor in (the movie studio’s first order of business was getting her a voice coach to change her Southern drawl). Get her look with this pattern.

Recommended movie: The Killers (1946)

Audrey Hepburn

Last but not least, the ever-stylish Audrey Hepburn. Audrey has a number of iconic looks to choose from, but my favorite is the little black dress from Breakfast at Tiffany’s, wonderfully recreated by Selfish Seamstress. Find her pattern here.

Recommended movie: Sabrina (1954)

Even more vintage sewing patterns!

Here are some more patterns with the same vintage Hollywood glam vibe: one two three four five six

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