Pattern hunting- your help is needed!
I’ve started to add Funny Face screenshots and analysis to the Project Audrey pages- but only one outfit is up. (I’d forgotten just how many outfits there are in this film!) There’s a reason why it’s this gorgeous bridal gown- Carly got in touch to ask if I could help her find a pattern for this very dress. (She’s been in love with it for years and would love to make it to wear it at her wedding.)
Now, as far as I know, in the 1950s McCall’s put out a few Givenchy patterns modelled by Audrey Hepburn lookalikes (such as the one I blogged here which is Sabrina-esque) but I’ve never come across one that is close to this wedding dress. The question is, have any of you come across a pattern that would work?
My first port of call was to get out my copy of the DVD, grab some screenshots and do a little analysis. (I’ve put all this up on the Project Audrey pages here.) But, in a technical nutshell, this dress has a bateau neck, grown-on cap sleeves, a seam under the bust, an extremely fitted boned midsection and full skirts gathered into a dropped waist. There’s also a tulle hood and floating panel that seem to attach at the centre back neckline.
I think if I was making the dress I’d probably Frankenstein together elements of several patterns to recreate it. Vogue has reissued one of their own Vintage patterns as V1094 with dropped waist and full skirt, although the bodice would need altering:
Or there’s this vintage Simplicity 1153 pattern which is on the Vintage Pattern Wiki with a few sellers listed. Again, the bodice would need modifying:
The dress relies on lots of petticoats, so I’d buy a 1950s petticoat pattern (they come up on Ebay fairly regularly) with a hip yoke for a smooth line. Or this fascinating article might help me rustle up my own. The hood and floating panel would require more creative thought. But I would probably buy a hood and cloak pattern and simply gather in/ adapt the cloak bit so that just flowed out behind in a panel. Alleycat Scratch reviews cloak pattern available from the major pattern companies here.
On the fabric front, McCulloch and Wallis have a good selection of bridal fabrics and do several different tulles. They even do a dotted one (Hepburn’s hood looks like a dotted tulle). The top layer of the skirt looks like tulle too, but probably quite a fine soft one, maybe a silk tulle. (The petticoats might be a little stiffer.) Hmmm.
Now, it’s over to you! Can anyone else help Carly with any other links or ideas in the comments?