All About Audrey

Audrey Heburn Exhibition_Tartan Oversized Top_cover

Audrey Hepburn. Portraits of an Icon.

National Portrait Gallery opened its doors in the beginning of July to display Audrey Hepburn’s iconography in classic and rarely seen photos of her.

I could hardly wait for this opening. I have this obsession that I have to own and participate in everything that is related to Audrey. Hence I have pictures, books, newspapers, and all types of gadgets of her. However, many of us in this world share this obsession I believe.

She has achieved so much in her life. She is among those few people who won and an Oscar, an Emmy, a Grammy and a Tony Award. Her iconic style is representing classic feminity and elegance and is serving as role model for large population of women in the world.  She was a real humanitarian, dedicating later years of her life to help children in need around the world. She was appointed as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and traveled to Asia, Africa, South America for disadvantaged children.

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Clearly, she deserves the iconic status. And if you want to learn more about her, I would definitely recommend this exhibition, it gives a great insight throughout the years how she built her heritage. It follows her life introducing each decade along with amazing photographs starting from the World War II years when she was still a kid, throughout her passion for ballet, the movies she made, her marriages and children, humanitarian work up until the last battle with cancer.

Audrey Heburn Exhibition_National Portrait Gallery

The exhibition is open till October, so if you have the chance don’t miss the chance to see Audrey Hepburn’s iconography. 

“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.” Audrey Hepburn
“I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it’s the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It’s probably the most important thing in a person.” Audrey Hepburn
“Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, it’s at the end of your arm, as you get older, remember you have another hand: The first is to help yourself, the second is to help others.” Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Heburn Exhibition_Souvenir Shop

As I was looking forward to this exhibition for a while, I also gave lots of thought to  what I am going to wear when finally the big day arrives. 🙂

Because we were also planning couple of other activities for that day in London that included lots of walking, I wanted to go for something comfortable. And also, as recently I made mostly dresses, I decided to go for a top for the occasion.

Audrey Hepburn Exhibition_Portrait of an Icon

I selected an oversized style top and planned to make it in a vintage checked pattern.

When I went shopping for fabric , I loved the purple green combination which now I think was too autumn like for the season. However, I guess my mood was affected by our beautiful rainy summer in the UK. Not to complain – the weekend of the exhibition was very lovely and sunny 🙂

Vintage Tartan Oversized Top _ Audrey Heburn Exhibition

Modern vintage style is one of the leading trend of this fall/winter runways.

I combined the tartan pattern with black artificial leather fabric to achieve the same. Originally I planned to have the collar as well from the leather, however it felt a bit over the top so I preferred to leave it off from the finished top.

What do you need to make this top?

  • Burda magazine 06/2015 issue, Pattern 106
  • 1 metre tartan fabric
  • small piece of artificial leather fabric for the shoulder line

Audrey Hepburn Exhibition_Vintage Tartan Oversized Top_Pieces

First, I sewed the the front seam line together. Then I stitched together the leather fabric along the shoulder line.

Audrey Hepburn Exhibition_Vintage Tartan Oversized Top_Front

Once the leather fabric pieces are sewed to the front, I stitched the back to the shoulder line too.

Audrey Hepburn Exhibition_Vintage Tartan Oversized Top_Back and Side Seams

Next, I stitched in the neck line hem allowance.

Audrey Hepburn Exhibition_Vintage Tartan Oversized Top_Leather Shoulder Seam

Audrey Hepburn Exhibition_Vintage Tartan Oversized Top_Back Seam

Lastly, I sewed through the sleeve and side seams and turned in the bottom hem allowance and stitched in place.

Audrey Hepburn Exhibition_Vintage Tartan Oversized Top_Ready

Audrey Heburn Exhibition_London trip

Audrey Hepburn Exhibition

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