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Hollywood loves sewing. From superhero suits and Renaissance garb, to high-powered business suits and couture gowns, custom-made clothing featuring the work of amazingly talented sewers is all over the silver screen. Moreover, there are a surprising number of scenes devoted to the craft of sewing.

Each Friday in the month of October we are going to a feature a movie clip that has an element of sewing in it. These can be great inspiration for your handmade Halloween creation, or simply more proof at how awesome sewing is.

This week’s clip comes from a scene in The Perils of Pauline, a 1947 musical starring Betty Hutton, who plays a garment sweatshop worker named Pearl White. Pearl eventually becomes a silent film star, and of course drama and comedy ensues. Check out this amazing clip with Pearl singing about her “love” of the sewing machine!

What other movies have a sewing scene in it? Let us know in the comments below!

*This series was inspired by Gertie’s Blog for Better Sewing and Crafts of Chadds Ford


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    Oct 5, 2010, 09.49 PMby nessys

    Can I have this as my theme song??? A bobbin a bobbin.

    Remember everyone – if we didn’t have our sewing machines we would “a come to no good end”. Mmm – that could be true! ;)

    I never get out to play!

    This is the cat’s pajamas! Love it. And it’s a real LOL!

    I know you don’t actually see the sewing in the film – but I love Scarlet sizing up the curtains to make a dress and plotting to seduce Rhett into giving her the money for the taxes. To me this is desperate sewing for desperate times – and my, with that feather from the rooster in her hat – how breathtakingly beautiful did Vivien Leigh look? She got results!!!

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    Oct 4, 2010, 02.16 PMby charith

    Sa-weet! My sister and I watched this movie when we were teenagers but never got to see the ending. The vcr ate the tape. I’ve had that little ditty “The sewing machine, the sewing machine” stuck in my head quite often since then. Thanks for the trip down memory lane! I need to rent it so I can finally see how it ends.

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    Oct 1, 2010, 09.28 PMby pollyannacowgirl

    Amazing! I love Betty Hutton. I’ve also always loved the “prom dress montage” from Pretty in Pink. Classic!

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