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!