Audrey Hepburn 50’s sheath dress
Here it is (finally). – Dress #4 of my 27 Dresses Challenge. (My legs are a bit short compared to Audrey’s 😉 But hey, we’re comparing dresses, right?)
It’s an Audrey-style Burda pattern. Sounds familiar? Yep, somehow the vintage designs of Burda always turn out to be 50’s Audrey Hepburn dresses (which honestly doesn’t really bother me). 😉 It’s got the typical 50’s high wasp waist and three-quarter length sleeves.
I used an elastic dark blue cotton fabric and the dress fits really snugly. Although I normally don’t have to make alterations with Burdastyle patterns, the back of the dress required some fitting, so the boyfriend had his debut as a fitting buddy.
The pleats in the bodice part had to be handstitched and pressed before sewing everything together. Removing the basting thread after the dress was done was the best part, it’s like opening a surprise bag. I love the final look, although the pleats are a bit messy. I had some problems with the elastic fabric, so they’re not as evenly spaced as the should have been.
I love the cut, the colour and the fabric. The only thing left is an occasion to wear it.
Overall, the pattern is great, the fit is better than expected. The instructions were surprisingly clear (that’s not always a given using Burdastyle patterns). And it looks very much like the original (1956), don’t you think?