Project Sewn – Rear Window

Have you seen the latest round of Project Sewn Challenges? I don’t often participate in contests or challenges, but the Project Sewn themes always seem to fit with my sewing style.

First up is the Leading Lady Challenge, making a look inspired by a movie’s leading lady. After seeing an exhibit of Grace Kelly’s wardrobe and costumes  at the McCord Museum in Montreal last summer, I have admired her lady like style. grace kelly

In the 1954 Alfred Hitchcock movie, Rear Window, her character worked in the fashion industry, so the fashion she wore was important to the movie. Her wardrobe was designed by Edith Head.

Her  boyfriend in the movie, played by Jimmy Stewart, was stuck in his apartment with a broken leg and spent much of his time watching the activities of his neighbors as entertainment.


My inspiration was the day dress which, proving you can do just about anything in a dress, Grace wore while climbing the neighbors balcony.

My updated version is Vogue 8993.


The fabric is a pale peach embroidered cotton eyelet from Mood Fabrics.


Now I have cool and comfy summer dress inspired by Grace Kelly.


The pattern did not include the pleats in the back, but I added them to increase the fullness of the skirt.


My neighbors are not nearly as intriguing as Jimmy Stewart’s and not a balcony in sight.



7 thoughts on “Project Sewn – Rear Window

  1. A very nice Summer dress. I like your style and fabric. I want to make a few dresses, but must lose about 25 lbs before investing in good fabric. I gained all this weight since Nov when I somehow got a stress fracture in my knee. Even wearing a brace I cannot walk much. Feel like a slug laying around. Spanky

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  2. Pingback: Signature Style via Project Sewn and the Ready to Wear Fast | sewing forward

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