|Liz rocking "the dress"|
Omg! Don't we all love the dress that Givencey made Audrey Hepburn in that class 60s movie? I do and so does my girlfriend Liz. She is going to her niece's wedding and has been so excited about it for the last few months. She and I were talking about it and she mentioned that she would love to have "the dress" and asked if I could make it and of course I said let's see what we can do.
So what I did was start to research "the dress" and the reality is that it's hard to find a pattern for it. Basically it is just about impossible except for a costume that was in print for a minute and it was removed shortly after it's release and there are a few left online. Guess the designer didn't want everyone wearing his dress. I totally respect that. However the Selfish seamstress blogger had a great dress pattern on line so that was a great starting point. We gave it a try using Burda pattern 3477 with the back yoke from the selfish seamstress pattern.
It didn't work.
The PDF was designed for a 5'2" petite dress size 2. Liz is a tall petite frame women with slightly full hips. So the pattern needed so many alteration; I decided to make it easy on myself and used the Mccalls 6201. This pattern offered 3 different bust sizes A/B, C, and D and I redrafted the back yoke after studying pictures of "the dress" to ensure that the back neckline dropped enough to show off the neckline and maybe some pearls.
It worked out perfectly for her muslin.
The fabric we chose to use was from my personal stash. It was a black matte satin with a slight stretch; perfect for an elegant black dress.
So the dress was cut and the collar required extra interfacing and organza for stability.
The dress required a knit fusible interfacing around the neckline and armcye to stabilize it.
At this point I put in a side zipper
The collar was kinda tricky
Step 1- apply interfacing and hand sew in the organza
|attach the lining to the dress front as pattern directs|
|sewing back to lining leaving 1/2 - 3/4 at the center top for inserting into collar|
|Open collar and attach back tab inside the collar and reinforce this seam|
Note: Press all your seams along the way or you will regret it.
Step 3- Cross your fingers and tuck tab into collar and slip stitch it into place to cover your tracks.
Finish the dress as you normally would do.