Friday, August 6, 2010

The Hepburn Hepburn Project

I've always loved Audrey Hepburn's and Katharine Hepburn's timeless style. Crisp oxford shirt and trousers for Kate and slim cigarette trousers and ballet neck tops for Audrey. Beautiful! Thinking about their style, I decided that it would be the ideal project for my fall and winter sewing.

I wear mostly separates in the fall and winter, so this is the ideal opportunity for me to get really creative. One of my goals is to keep this project simple and achievable, as well as to fill my wardrobe with handmade, classic pieces that I will wear year after year.

I've chosen the following patterns and fabrics for several reasons:Unlike other projects I have set for myself, I've really decided to relax and enjoy this one; let things progress as they will. I took out the deadline I had originally set and will simply sew away on this project until it's finished.

I have chosen a simple colour scheme for this project. I'll be able to mix and match easily, both with items I'm making and items I already have.


Simplicity 2601

I love the pretty blouses in this pattern. View E with its pretty shawl collar and cap sleeves will be a lovely addition to my wardrobe.

Vogue 2396

I'm going to make the beautiful bateau neckline blouse from either a polka dot or floral print.


Butterick 2235 (1950's), skirt by bossanovababy

I saw the scissors skirt on an Etsy treasury and fell in love with it. My version will have red appliqued scissors and red rick rack trim.

I'm also making two plain versions of this skirt; one in black corduroy and one in aubergine corduroy.

I'm thinking outside of the box a bit with this one, as I'm making this pencil-style skirt out of purple boiled wool with a slight silver sparkle.


So very Audrey, no? I am going to make View B out of a gorgeous black linen I have in my stash. I can easily pair this with several knit and woven tops I have in my closet. Layer with a cozy cardigan, warm tights and boots and I'll be set!


I need a standard black pair of capris and Simplicity 4680 fits the bill perfectly. I'm making View 1, minus the patch pockets, out of denim.

I have only recently picked up crocheting again. To start, I wanted one beginner project and I made this hat: The Audrey Cloche

I also plan on making this easy shrug from Mary Jane Hall's Positively Crochet:

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If you'd like to enter the Hepburn Hepburn Project Pattern Giveaway, please leave your name, pattern(s) that you'd like to win, and email address in the comments here. Click here to see what's up for grabs and how you can earn extra entries. Winners will be drawn on August 11th.

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Would you like to create along with me? Choose your Kate and Audrey inspired items and let's get cracking! Copy the code below and post it on your blog and take a peek at the project Flickr group. Be sure to leave me a comment, as I'd love to follow your progress, too!

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Click here to see my Hepburn Hepburn Project creations.

**Photos are used for illustrative purposes. No copyright infringement is intended
Katharine Hepburn photo credit
Audrey Hepburn photo credit


Angela said...

That is so perfect for fall! I can't wait to see it all!

Thimbleanna said...

What a great plan! I love that bloom corduroy and I can't wait to see all of your projects!

Sarah said...

Thank you!

Miss Dandy said...

Wow! What an inspiring sewing project!!! I love how you've put so much thought into everything by choosing the patterns and the specific fabrics that you're going to use. That out of print Vogue Audrey wardrobe pattern is amazing!

Alexandra Mason said...

A great sewing plan! Can't wait to see your creations.

Sølvi said...

Wow-this is an amazing plan, Sarah. I might join you, actually.

On the Nemesis capris, I´ve made a pair, and to be frank, they were a pain to sew - the pattern and I did not at all get along, but they turned out alright, though. I´ll blog´em when I get in the spirit of it!

Sarah said...

@Solvi - I'd love it if you joined! :) Thanks for the tip on the Nemesis Capris. I've been thinking that I should use Folkwear 250 instead and simply add decorative buttons.

Amy said...

I really look forward to seeing the Butterick 7762 skinny trousers! Looks a lovely pattern!
Good luck!

jeannine said...

I'd love to enter your giveaway! I love both McCall's 4826 and Vogue 1648. Thanks for the chance to win! pe_mayfield(at)yahoo(dot)com

Sara said...

I love that audrey hepburn wardrobe pattern, looks like a lot of fun. Good luck!

For the giveaway, I'd still love to win your wraparound dress and the ottobre magazine, keeping my fingers crossed!

parismegs said...

How Fab!!! I made the shorts and knickers from the "hollywood pants" pattern - they were both very hip-py...a toile of this pattern may be helpful, especially if you're not generous in the hip area. May the sewing gods be good to you :-)

Sarah said...

@MissDandy - I do a lot of prep work prior to starting a project. ;) LOL!

@Parismegs - Thank you for the tip! I'll be sure to make a muslin of the trousers first.

Karin van D. said...

Oh my, that vogue 2396, fabulous! I can imagine you want to make all of those. But I love all the patterns you picked, and the fabrics. I am especially curious to see those blouses, because I don't 'see' that yet in my mind. I am sure that it will be very cute though!

Toria said...

Sarah, you have such fabulous ideas and this is another one! Can't wait to see the end results to this which, if your June project was anything to go by, will be spectacular!

Caryn said...

Very beautiful. I would love to win Vogue 1648, size 14 (bust 34, hip 36).

Ali said...

Fabulous project! Two amazing style pioneers. Who wouldn't want things in their closet reminscent of these two women? Looking forward to seeing yours :)

I'm considering joining you, as I've got a few things already planned that would fit nicely. I'm trying not to make too many sewing plans, 'cause I'm tired of plans now at the tail end of SESA (read: short attention span). But I probably just need a few weeks of off-book sewing and Hepburn imagining. Ha, ha. Either way, I'm rooting in your corner and will be checking in regularly :)

amy said...

I am sooo joining the Hepburn Hepburn project! I consider myself timeless with a twist anyway :) The indygo junction tranch topper pattern has been on my wishlist so i can't wait to hear your review of it.

you can find me over at

Sarah said...

Wow! Thank you, everyone, for your lovely comments. You've all made my day !:)

Stacy said...

WOW, I love the idea of the Elvis coat. You must make that!

Spikklubba said...

This is brilliant, I'm joining if that's OK. I have already started...

Sarah said...

@Spikklubba - Yay! I'm delighted you've joined and I am looking forward to seeing your creations. Did you see the link for the flickr group?

Amy said...

I'm looking forward to this project! This is going to be so much fun. I'm jealous that you managed to get your hands on a copy of Vogue 2936 :)

Lisette said...

Ooh I'm so excited! You've taken on a lot of new projects and I bet so many will come out just delightfully. I love that Paris Map fabric.

Sew Loquacious Angela said...

Hi! I am a huge Audrey fan as well! My question might be silly, but if I join the project, does that mean I will be sewing the outfits, too? I've never participated in a Sew A Long before! I'd love to join, but I am not sure I'd be able to finish all the outfits!
If you have time, give me a shout and let me know.

quietandsmalladventures said...

oh sarah, i hemmed and hawed and finally decided my list would fit with this seamlessly! so <a href="> here's</a> my entry list for the fall/winter :)

quietandsmalladventures said...

ooops, i typo'd the link! here's my list!

Dianna said...

I am starting a little late on this, just came across the challenge this evening. I am joining in on this though. I am cleaning out my closet of all the clothes that no longer fits or am just tired of and am looking forward to creating a whole new wardrobe for fall and winter.

Tasia said...

Great project: two inspiring, classic women with timeless, elegant styles. Did I use enough adjectives in that sentence? :)
Anyways, I look forward to following your progress on this project! You're going to look especially adorable as Audrey. Oh and, I bet the photo shoots for the finished projects will be so much fun too!

Sarah said...

Yay! So happy to see everyone coming on board! :D Thank you!

Did you see the project flickr group?

dawn s said...

I might join this. And I bought that Vogue pattern from the store when it first came out and it has been marinating in the stash all this time.

Sarah said...

@dawn - It would be lovely if you joined! You can make as much or as little as you like. My personal deadline is December 31, 2009.

mezzocouture said...

Oh - I've the Audrey Vogue pattern in my stash - I've been wanting to make up that fringe-trimmed dress for YEARS... and the wrap top (not so sure about the cut of the pants - I'm not Audrey-slim!). I'd LOVE to join this sew along. It'll be incentive to get that "want to make it" project started.

Just discovered your blog by way of Alessa at farben-freude.blogspot. Love it!

Sarah said...

@mezzocouture - Welcome aboard!! I'm delighted you've joined and look forward to seeing your creations.

We're quite lucky to have the Audrey pattern. It's quite rare. Yay, us!

Ms Hepburn said...

What a wonderful post ! So very Audrey! :)