THE AUDREY DRESS
We’re taking style tips from screen icon Audrey Hepburn with her namesake pattern, a classic frock with a cinched-in waist, swishy pleated skirt and hem band detail. We think Audrey would approve!
At this time of year, we love spending cosy evenings in curled up in front of a classic movie with a hot chocolate in hand – if only so we can imagine ourselves wearing (and sewing!) the leading lady’s fabulous frocks.
So we’ve taken inspiration from the timeless style of one of our all-time favourite screen and fashion icons, Audrey Hepburn, for her namesake pattern this issue. The Audrey Dress is sized to fit UK sizes 6-20 (US 4-18, EUR 34-48) and features a fitted bodice with bust and waist darts, wide waistband, full pleated skirt and hem band detail. With its flattering 1950s-inspired fit-and-flare silhouette, we think Audrey would love it!
YOU WILL NEED
Main fabric: 150cm (60in) width fabric x 3.5m (3¾yds)
Main fabric: 150cm (60in) width fabric x 2m (2¼yds)
Contrast fabric: 150cm (60in) width fabric x 1.5m (1¾yds)
For both dresses
Iron-on interfacing: 75x75cm (30x30in) Invisible zip: to match fabric, 40cm (16in) Matching thread
Woven fabrics such as cotton, linen, poplin, cotton blends and crepe suiting.
First, pre-wash and dry your chosen fabric to allow for any shrinkage. Unfold the pattern sheets included in the pattern envelope and find the line style for your size on the pattern pieces using the key provided. Follow these lines to cut your pattern pieces out – it can be helpful to mark your size with a highlighter before cutting out your pattern pieces.
TIPS & TECHNIQUES
For those new to any of the dressmaking techniques used to make The Audrey Dress, we’ve packed this issue with workshops and guides to help you while you’re stitching. Our guide on page 91 covers key skills like measuring up and understanding pattern markings, along with a glossary of terms. New to sewing pleats? Our workshop on page 85 will take you through marking, pressing and sewing pleats to help you achieve perfect pleats every time.
The Essential Skills feature on page 37 will show you how to insert Audrey’s invisible zip fastening for a smooth, neat finish.