Hollywood Sewalong Challenge | The Notebook

Hollywood Sewalong Challenge | The Notebook

Introducing the Hollywood Sewalong! This is a sewing series where a bunch of us crazies each design and sew ourselves an outfit to wear based on a movie.

Hollywood Sewalong Challenge : The Notebook

This is a 3 part series. Today we’ll show you some of our inspiration and intent for the Sewalong. First week of April, we’ll have some decisions made about design and construction. In early May it’s the Grand Reveal!

(So there’s plenty of time to sew along, if you’d like :)

The Crew

The Hollywood Sewalong has an amazing line-up. I’m shaking in my boots a little bit to have my name thrown in this hat.

Charlie from This Blog Is Not For You

Hannah from Made With Hugs & Kisses

Freya from The Dress Making Diaries

Courtney from Makesphere

(And me)

Hollywood SewAlong: The Notebook | Sewing Challenge

Movie Challenge: The Notebook

First of all, I need to get this off my chest. That movie made me look like a shmuck and ruined my reputation. As I watch it, I’m crying- ugly-face crying. Meanwhile my hubby & daughter are laughing while practically dancing around me saying, “Ha ha, you have feelings!” Not something I like to be accused of. Feelings are for chumps.

The Notebook


I hadn’t seen The Notebook

prior to my Hollywood Sewalong invitation. If you live under a rock, like me; and haven’t seen it…you should. You can email me and tell me you cried like a sucker too. I’ll feel better.

Hollywood Sewalong: The Notebook

The story of The Notebook begins in 1932, and most of the story is set in the 1940’s. The costumes are absolutely beautiful, and very true to the period.

Water Scene from The Notebook

Clothing was almost exclusively handmade during this time. The details in the dresses make them just killer! Every dress has something special to admire. There are intricate collars, embroidery, pleating, bust gathering, beading, (big deep gasp for air)…It’s almost sensory overload for me.

Ryan Gosling Shirtless

And this is Ryan Gosling, shirtless. He takes his shirt off in The Notebook, but he was playing a youngish kid and it ruined it for me. Plus, his underwear were very unattractive.

So I grabbed an image of grown man Ryan instead. You’re welcome.

That other hot guy from The Notebook

And why didn’t this guy take his shirt off? Total bullcrap. If I’m going to suffer through crybaby movies, I expect hot guys to take off their shirts.


I have decided not to completely knock off a dress from the movie. I’d like to use some of the elements I love, and keep my dress feeling modern. I’m in love with all the dresses from the movie, but I’m not sure I’d wear them in real life. I wear dresses all summer, but they are more casual. The kind you wear with cowboy boots or sandals, not heels. If I feel like I need to fix my hair to make the dress “work”….it’s a deal breaker. Am I a bum? Don’t answer that.

Hollywood Sewalong: The Notebook

I have some serious prerequisites for my Hollywood Sewalong outfit.


It has to be something I’d wear, often. Not a dress that will take up space in my closet. Lord knows I have enough “dressy” dresses that I dust off once or twice a year. I want to show my dress off, and tell people I made it!


I’m super picky about fit. The more I sew, the harder it’s gotten to buy myself clothing. Things bother me that I sort of put up with before. I’ve come to the conclusion that I need every ugly-sounding alteration known to mankind. I’ll need a muslin. Probably, like 5 muslins! Sheesh.


I’ve noticed something new about myself. I turned 30 last year, and my priorities have changed. Comfort is now way up on the list. Not like granny panties and mom jeans though. (Well, maybe granny panties. But not hideous ones; like Ryan’s man-grannies.

My dress needs to have fabric that breathes; if not I’ll feel trapped. I might even try to rip myself out of it like The Incredible Hulk. No back zippers either. I’m grown and I don’t want to ask for help getting dressed. I need to be able to bend over without fear of blinding any passers by. Mainly, I want everything covered that needs to be covered, with no restricted movement.


I’d really like to stay away from wild prints and colors. I love solids and soft prints that pair well with bolder accessories. My favorite outfits can be worn casual, dressy, or a little bit glam. I want this dress to be a chameleon.

Hollywood Sewalong: The Notebook

I’m going to be leaning really hard on you, friends! Women’s wear is outside of my comfort zone. I haven’t sewn for anything with boobs in over a decade. And they were models, so you can barely call it boobs. I know this series is a way to force me outside if my tiny box and try new things. And I think I’ll learn and grow as a sewist.

Me & Ryan

That about sums up my intro to the Hollywood Sewalong! Be sure to check out the other girls, and follow along. Thanks for stopping by:)



About The Author

Amy Mayen

Hello. I'm Amy and I'm addicted to sewing. I borderline-hoard fabric, buttons, & patterns. Sometimes I wish I could pile my fabric up on the floor and just roll in it!


  1. Terri Lin (Sew Straight and Gather)

    This is awesome Amy! I may have to venture into the grown up avenue of sewing for this one. Finally make something for myself! The inspiration is hard to refuse. And Amy…..that picture is hilarious! And I wear my tears at the edge of my ducts…So yes I sobbed like a baby, but I do that…lol.
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  2. Mel

    I CAN’T wait to see what you come up with and by the wy 30, bah now I feel old. Read the book, seriously loved the movie but the book made me howl I had to put it down at times because I couldn’t see through the tears. Of course no Ryan but oh well
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  3. thisblogisnotforyou

    The last picture! I spat my coffee over my keyboard, lady! Don’t ever do that again, you hear me?
    I’m so proud of you that you’re back to dresses with boobs! Can’t wait to see what you come up with!
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  4. Pam @Threading My Way

    Ooh, I look forward to seeing what you make for yourself, Amy. I’m sure it’ll be fabulous!!! I haven’t seen the film… not even sure if it’s out here yet.
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  5. Gina

    oh this is gonna be fun!!! you have some pretty high standards there but i kknow you will knock it out of the park!!! i have been wanting to see this movie but it isn’t at RedBox. i might have to go buy it so i can watch it!! looking forward to watching your process on this!!!
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  6. Sue @ A Colourful Canvas

    GAK!!!! Amy, this is super exciting!!! Oh my goodness, I can’t wait to follow along. You’ll do a fabulous job, and your posts are going to be so much fun! I just know it!

    I am well familiar with the ugly tears, LOL. Hmmm….I haven’t seen The Notebook, but it does look liek a beautiful film.

    Okay, I’ll be watching my inbox daily to hear more from you! xoxo
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