Pattern Review’s Match Your Shoes Contest couldn’t have been more timely. The annual Dancing With Our Stars, a local library fundraiser show, is coming up in March. I’m the choreographer/trainer for my “Community Star” and I have two pairs of gorgeous royal blue ballroom dance shoes to chose from that I’ll need to make a costume to match. My number is set in the 1940s and is a tribute to the Film Noir, hard-boiled detective genre. So I’ll be using one of my vintage patterns from the WWII era.

Royal Blue dance shoes

Pattern Review describes this sewing challenge as, “We have all been there … sew a great outfit, but you have no shoes to match! So let’s approach it from the other direction. If you sew your outfit to match your shoes, you will be ready to step out the door as soon as you have tied off the last thread! The object of this contest is to sew an outfit to match a pair of shoes.”

Hollywood 945 & Blue Fabric

The pattern is Hollywood 945 from one of my favorite vintage pattern suppliers on Etsy, Vintage4Me2. The royal blue rose jacquard satin fabric is from It has a little heavier hand than I thought it would, but I think it will drape the way I want it to. That’s one of the drawbacks of buying fabric online, you can’t feel the fabric or test the drape in person before you buy. But the color matches the shoes perfectly so I’ll just have to make it work. My inspiration is bad girl Joan Bennet in “Scarlet Street” 1945.

Joan Bennet Scarlett Street

I plan to make a fascinator hat to match with supplies from Etsy’s Petershams Millinery.

Blue Hat Supplies

I hoping to be a dangerous dame in royal blue!