Friday, 13 January 2012

The Movie Project 2012 No 1 - Audrey Refashion.


I've had this fabric sitting in my stash for a couple of months. It was a table cloth! I loved the pattern, but felt it too sheer, so I've teamed it with a lemon cotton for a lining.

After the debacle that was my first pattern magic attempt I decided to go for something simpler and more classic. As I've set myself the challenge of creating outfits inspired by the movies I thought it was about time I made something for that.

In Sabrina Fair
I just love Audrey Hepburn's style (and I know I'm not the only one). She is the queen of the boat neck, and I drew inspiration from these pieces.

The beautiful boat neck wedding dress.

The style is so flattering - as long as you're not too top heavy and is classy and elegant to boot.

Audrey's Oscar dress - even the fabric looks similar!

I used a self drafted bodice. I used Aldrich's Metric Pattern Cutting, but having made up pieces to my exact measurement as directed I found that there was too much ease for this style and adapted a smaller size which would give me about 6cm ease on the bust rather than 10cm. It gave a much closed fit and suited the style better. I added waist darts and rotated the bust dart into the armscye.


I used the edge of the front neckline as the lowest point on the neck edge and made a slight curve to make the shoulders about 4cm wide. The back neck is a gentle V shape, which eliminated the need for the back dart.
The skirt was a simple gathered rectangle and a lapped zipper at centre back.

I even got to use my new overlocker - Woo Hoo.

Costs:
Fabric - gifted table cloth £0
Zip - £1.10
Thread - from my stash
Pattern - self drafted.
= very cheap dress :)

32 comments:

  1. This is adorable - well done! I ♥ an Audrey style. Pinned it! :)

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  2. I love its simplicity. Classic, and versatile. (And I love Audrey anyway.) Great job on the self draft!

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  3. Excellent job! You just can't go wrong with Audry Hepburn for inspiration! Drafting is something I want to learn. Would you recommend the book you mentioned?

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    1. Yes the book is great. Very easy to follow.

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  4. This is beautiful! Very Audrey Hepburn, and that tablecloth is a great find.

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  5. Very clever to be able to do this without a pattern and all with materials you had on hand. You've got the Audrey Hepburn look just right!!! I would love for you to share this dress (and any others you've made) at my ongoing linky that's just for Women's Dresses... http://threadingmyway.blogspot.com/2012/01/threading-your-way-dresses-for-women.html

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  6. That's so clever and super stylish. What an amazing dress - you're very a very talented needlewoman to rustle that up. Fantastic!

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  7. wow! Amazing that you can just make a beautiful dress like that! Mich x

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  8. Wow - gorgeous dress and so impressive that the only real cost was the zip!

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  9. Very clever - pattern cutting is beyond me. Well done you for a very successful dress.

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  10. Wow, it looks great!
    I'd love to see more movie-inspired dresses :)
    -Laura

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  11. You made a great looking dress. Congratulations on the self drafted pattern. Looks fantastic.

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  12. This is absolutely gorgeous! You have such talent! I'm going to check out that book. :)

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  13. Amazing coolness! Huge well done on that creation!

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  14. I love the neckline on your dress, I'm so impressed that you self drafted! I'm a fan of Audrey's style too, so classic. I've popped in from Threading My Way's linky.

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  15. How lovely dresses inspired by movie icons - love it. A very classy make

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  16. That is just beautiful! You did an amazing job! I love Audrey Hepburn, I think perhaps the most classic and elegant woman ever! I would love to be able to wear that style. :)

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  17. Hubert de Givenchy has a lot to answer for! You damask fabric makes a very classy fabric for you to work with and the results are gorgeous. Well done! :)

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  18. Beautiful dress and stunning fabric - can't believe it was once a tablecloth!!

    Love the dark blue sash waist too.

    Ali x

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  19. Beautiful dress, well done. It's a great style and very flattering.

    Jan x

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  20. That is beautiful, love the added blue ribbon. I'd love to wear something like that, let us know when it has its first outing, I'm sure it will turn heads!

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  21. I made a pattern this week, but it didn't contain any darts or gathering. I accept your challenge, but please wait until 2013 for me to show a result as good as yours!

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  22. Wow - you are very clever! I wouldn't kno where to start with dress making, let alone make up my own pattern!
    Jo x

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  23. Simple, beautiful,and timeless like Audrey herself.

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  24. Beautiful dress!! Thanks for visiting my blog. :)

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  25. You are so talented! Lovely dress!!

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  26. How pretty! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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