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Julia StoweJulia StoweJulia StoweYWU 16 beg run

 

I have often been inspired by the legendary fashion designer, Edith Head, and enjoy finding unique fashion sketches by her. She designed this dress to be worn by Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina, but the dress was never made (though a similar dress was worn by Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face).  Some of the interesting design elements that set this dress apart are the unique sleeves and the draping at the front of the bodice, so I drafted a pattern based on the sketch.  The bodice is fitted with front and back darts and closes snugly at the back neck with twelve buttons. The skirt is made with six gores and has a white petticoat and crinoline underneath.  Finding fabric to match Edith Head’s watercolor proved difficult, and after an unsuccessful search I found a plain yellow cotton, which I then embellished with ribbon embroidery to replicate the brightly colored print of the fabric in the sketch.  Another difficulty arose in finding someone to model this dress who, like Audrey Hepburn, was petite enough to wear the extra draping at the hips - the problem was solved by my 13- year-old sister, who modeled it perfectly!

 

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