Saturday, September 03, 2011

Dresses from the 60's Movies: Japanese pattern book

When I saw the new Colette patterns, I suddenly remembered that I had a Japanese pattern book which referenced the same style / period.

Fascinating Dresses from the Memorable 60's Movies:  "Have you ever wished to be glamorous like them?"

Designed by Yukiko Ueno

It was one of the first Japanese sewing books I bought, at a time when my skills were still a bit rusty and my sense of what might fit or suit me... somewhat unclear.
At the time, I made a shell top in size large, using some violently patterned cotton I found in the farmhouse when I moved in. It was too short and too wide... and I recycled it into a cushion cover.
Isn't it funny how one bad sewing experience can take the shine off something pretty?

Looking through the book again, I am still excited by the bateau neckline of this back-buttoned top.  Maybe I should give it another try, in a smaller size, and adding a few inches to the length.

The book is organised by film star inspiration, with 4 garments in each section:  Greta Garbo, Brigitte Bardot, Audrey Hepburn, Katherine Hepburn and Grace Kelly.  Wow!  Talk about style credentials!

And guess what?  There is a pattern for a pair of Audrey Hepburn cropped trousers!  Just like the ones I thought Colette was going to design.
So you can guess what I am doing this weekend, can't you?
Using black cotton stretch sateen from the stash.
And including lots of measuring!


Urban Rustic said...

What wonderful dresses..I love the one on the cover! Enjoy your week end of sewing.

christinelaennec said...

Those are super trousers, I can't wait to see them on you! (Will you get a headscarf and wee poodle to go with them, as in the photo?)

Sølvi said...

I am loving this book! My wishlist on amazon keeps getting longer and longer....