How to sew a handmade wardrobe inspired by Mia’s iconic garments in La La Land

We’re thrilled that Rachel and Kate from The Fold Line, a brilliant online sewing community, will be contributing a series to The Daily Stitch about how to create a handmade wardrobe inspired by trends in pop culture and fashion! As The Fold Line’s co-founders, they have a practically encyclopaedic knowledge of the sewing pattern world and are the perfect experts to help us create the looks we love with handmade style!

In this first post, we’ll find out which sewing patterns pair with Mia’s iconic garments in the new movie, La La Land! Take it away, Kate and Rachel!

How to sew a handmade wardrobe inspired by La La Land

As avid makers we can’t watch films stuffed full of fantastic outfits without thinking…‘hmmm could I make that?’ Last week we sent to see the highly anticipated La La Land and it didn’t disappoint, full of colour, music and dance it really was a visual delight. It was perfect for blowing alway the January blues…and two hours looking at Ryan Gosling is never a chore!

Having gone to bed dreaming of dresses we couldn’t help thinking that if we loved the outfits that you might like them too. Having had a proper look at all the patterns out there we have selected the closest patterns we could find to the styles used in the film and paired some of our favourite fabrics to bring them to life!

How to sew a handmade wardrobe inspired by La La Land

We fell hard for this little yellow number in the tap dancing scene and have found a pretty close match for this in the Sewaholic Cambie dress. To make it look more similar to the one in the film you would need to straighten off the neckline, which would be a simple alteration.

Sewaholic Cambie Dress

We suggest a drapey fabric so that you can swish about in this dress and the viscose from Rifle Paper Co. would be perfect. It would also look fantastic in a cotton and add a little more structure to the dress. If it’s some yellow you are after then this ditsy floral is perfect.

How to sew a handmade wardrobe inspired by La La Land

This dress is from the scene where she meets Ryan for the first time and we think it’s the perfect cocktail dress. The Midsummer Night’s Dream dress from Papercut Patterns is a close match and we thought you could add a press stud or button to the waistband if you wanted to remove the tie at the waist.

Midsummer Night's Dream Dress from paper cut Patterns

We suggest a lightweight cotton lawn or a drapey fabric like a viscose or crepe to make this dress. These cottons lawns from the Wonderland and Wanderlust collections are perfect for when the weather warms up and could be a great addition to your stash.

How to sew a handmade wardrobe inspired by La La Land

This dress was hands down our favourite in the film with a beautiful collar detail. We have found the Butterick B6055, which is a vintage pattern that has been modernised. There would need to be a few simple changes to the pattern, first of all removing the pockets and also the sleeves. Once you had done this you could cut into the centre front of the bodice to fully emulate the shape of the collar.

Butterick B6055

This is perfect for cottons and we found a coral solid that’s pretty close to the original. If you wanted to mix it up a little we love this large scale gingham check and it would still have a very vintage feel.

How to sew a handmade wardrobe inspired by La La Land

This shirt and skirt combo would make a great summer outfit. We have picked the Archer Shirt from Grainline Studio as there is a fantastic sew-along on their blog, if you need a bit of extra help. In terms of changes you could crop the shirt a little but tying it at the front will give it that vintage twist. The skirt is similar to Megan Nielsen’s Brumby Skirt. Don’t you just love the deep pockets on this pattern?


Both of these patterns are perfect for cottons and we have found a fantastic spotty chambray for the shirt and a peach for the skirt. The skirt could also be made in a heavier weight fabric such as a denim or a linen.

How to sew a handmade wardrobe inspired by La La Land

We have found the rather lovely Deer and Doe Sureau pattern to make this dress. Although the pattern does come with sleeves, these could easily be removed. The gathering at the from of the dress is pretty similar and if you wanted to remove the buttons you could use press studs as an alternative trim.

Deer and Doe Sureau Dress

If you are looking for the emerald green fabric to make this dress then the Kona solid Clover is almost perfect. If you are thinking about a winter floral then we love this desert bloom. Both of these are cotton fabrics and would work well with the pattern.

Annie’s note: What do you think? Will you be sewing any La La Land-inspired garments? 

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