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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!


Dress A

Main fab­ric: 150cm (60in) width fab­ric x 3.5m (3¾yds)

Dress B

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.


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.

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