Hot! The “Funny Face” Outfit

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The Facts
Fabric
: 2.5 yards “medieval blue” stretch twill from JoAnn, about $18; 2 yards brown organic cotton french terry from fabric.com, $26
Pattern: Colette Clover, Version 1 and Sewaholic Renfrew, View C
Year: contemporary
Notions: invisible zip and homemade bias tape for Clover
Time to complete: about 7 hours for Clover and 3 hours for Renfrew
First worn: for the photos
Wear again: absolutely, but not together
Total cost: about $46

My inspiration was the 1957 film Funny Face, starring Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire and nominated for four Oscars, including Edith Head and Hubert de Givenchy for Costume Design.  If you haven’t seen the movie, which is pretty silly, not Fred Astaire’s best performance, you might remember a key dance scene from a Gap commercial some years back.  I channeled Audrey’s beatnik look in that scene– black cigarette pants and black turtleneck.  In other scenes she wears a camel colored trench over the outfit.

Like most of Audrey’s iconic looks, this one is simple, classic, chic, and, in my opinion, a little boring.  However, I figured aspiring to Audrey’s simple chic would gain me two versatile pieces.  Having seen all the lovely Clovers here at SW, I’ve been meaning to make a pair, and, more recently, Renfrew as well.  Perfect.  I rarely buy black anything, so I raided the stash for the darkest colors I could find.

I expected Clover to be Adventures in Fitting Part 2 (Part 1 was fitting a bodice three weeks ago), and I wasn’t disappointed.  All the books and tutorials make fitting adjustments look so clear-cut, but, yeah, that is not my experience.  I’m getting used to the process, though, and starting to trust my judgement.  And I won!  I love the fit.

Flat-felled seams are awesome.  If you’ve never tried them, and I hadn’t, they’re easy.  Here’s what I wish I had known: 1) No special presser foot?  No problem.  I used my blind hem foot for the second line of stitching (the topstitching) and that worked great.  2) You can only do them on the inner legs.  Once you sew those together, it’s impossible to do that line of topstitching on the outer legs, so you have to finish the outer leg seams a different way.  3) Make sure to press the inner leg seams in the same direction.  I didn’t, oops.

Renfrew came together easily, even though I wish the instructions were a bit more hand-holding and informational.  I’m in the target market of “people who dislike sewing with knits,” after all.  I serged the whole thing, not completely successfully, but with more success than anything I’ve serged heretofore.  Next time I’ll use a zig-zag stitch on my regular machine and finish the seams with the serger, so that I actually have a seam allowance (=safety).  The french terry is thick and luxurious, maybe a little too thick for the collar, which is two layers of fabric.  I like the cut of this top a lot and see several more in my future.  Perhaps the serger and I will finally become friends.

Author

Lee

Lee Fulton is a highly educated stay at home mom with a lot of projects. She lives in New York City.

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  1. Perfection! All these successful Clovers are making me want some!!

  2. Love it! I am a total Audrey fan, I definitely need a Renfrew made up its sat in my pattern stash, Love your pose! x

  3. You look so cute in your photos

  4. You look fantastic. Both garments fit you so well. I’m getting more and more tempted by Renfrews and Clovers but I’m not totally convinced my sewing skills are anywhere near good enough yet (mainly because I’m still having to look up terms people use). But one day, one day…. And you pose is just perfect!

  5. Excellent! Love the pics, the inspiration and your final garments. Great job!

  6. Love it! The movie and outfit are great.

  7. LOVE IT! Audrey is one of my style inspirations–she’s so effortlessly classic and most of what she wore can be translated to easily fit so many different body shapes! And such a classy lady in real life too. This interpretation of one of her most iconic film outfits is fabulous! You look very “Audrey”!

  8. Lee, this is such a perfect post! Both garments turned out beautifully! I just bought the Renfrew pattern the other week (though Tasia’s running a 30% off sale today, y’all!) so I still get very excited to see how other people have sewn it. This version looks cozy but stylish at the same time. :)

  9. LOVE it! And a great imitation pose in that first photo! I’m going to hopefully embark on my first set of clovers soon!!!

  10. Oh, I’m so happy someone did this movie!!! That is what I aspire to in my Clover fitting, though my figure is far from the svelte Ms. Hepburn’s. I am utterly green that yours are so well-fitted. You look amazing! It’s tres tricky, but flat-felled outer seams are possible… just take it a few inches at a time (a faux flat fell will be easier).

  11. You look so great! I love the pictures! Great job on both pieces-

  12. SO GREAT! You’re cute as a button!

  13. Very cool! Great work on the Clover. Those pants are becoming a right of passage here at Sew Weekly.

  14. LOVE this – you look fantastic! Both pieces are wonderful!

  15. cool cool cool! I love this look. Great job on the clovers and I hadn’t heard of the Renfrew, but how cute is that! Love the top photos.

  16. Oh I so agree with you. The more I read, the more terms I need to look up, the more I know how more I have to learn.

  17. Hey Lee, love the pose and the outfit looks great in color.

  18. What a terrific outfit! You’re spot on with the pose, too! Well done :)

  19. This looks fantastic! I love the cover photo, it’s a great picture aside from the clothes. Gorgeous. You have the Audrey body shape, too, I’d love to see you in more of the styles she wore at the time… (Seen Sabrina? It’s light and fluffy and lovely.)

    Great pieces… And thanks for the lead on organic cotton terry. It’s on my “must-sew” list for winter.

  20. I love it! The Clovers look really great on you, one of the best I have seen so far, and I like that you made your outfit in more wearable colours.

  21. Cute. Everything turned out good. I am not good at fitting either it scares me half to death.

  22. I love how this turned out! You did an awesome job channeling Audrey

  23. Oh Lee your interpretation of Audrey is so much fun, look at you up there? you are in the moment. LOVE IT! great clover too. Winner!

  24. Thank you– this was a great week to feel the love!