Right, sit comfortably with a cocktail (we encourage that here) because this is an excellent competition with an excellent prize: we have five copies of Liz Gregory’s new movie dressmaking book ‘Sew Iconic’ to give away to five lucky winners, just for answering an easy peasy question.
Sew Iconic is an innovative book that walks the reader through making their own copies of famous dresses from movies. Ten costumes are covered, including Marilyn Monroe’s halterneck from The Seven Year Itch (1959) by William Travilla, Jennifer Grey’s pink cocktail dress by Hilary Rosenfeld from Dirty Dancing (1987), Audrey Hepburn’s Givenchy LBD from Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) and Keira Knightley’s cripplingly complex emerald green evening gown by Jacqueline Durran from Atonement (2007).
It is advisable that you at least know your way around a needle and thread before attempting any of these recreations, although Sew Iconic does include a pattern for each garment featured, in addition to full colour photographs, concisely written instructions – even video links to an accompanying Tumblr in some cases –also context notes and a mini-biography of the costume designer in question. Helpfully, the dresses are listed in rough order of difficulty. The toughest? Well, last in the book is Kate Winslet’s lace evening gown from Titanic (1997), as designed by Deborah Lynn Scott. You will need to bring your A game by this stage.
Sew Iconic by Liz Gregory is available right now on the shelves of all good book shops (i.e. Amazon and the like). But if you would like to win a free copy instead, all you have to do is answer this simple question:
It’s Saturday evening and you are having cocktails on the roof terrace of the world’s poshest hotel. Which outfit from the movies would you be wearing and why?
Most interesting, original and/or funny answers win a brand new copy of Sew Iconic. Email your answer to: SORRY, COMPETITION NOW CLOSED with your name, address and the subject heading ‘Sew Iconic!’ by FRIDAY 11TH MAY, 23.59 GMT. We will let the winners know as soon as possible.
Competition only available to readers in Europe and South Africa. Full terms and conditions HERE.
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